Alex Borch > Advokatfirmaet Hjort > Oslo, Norway > Lawyer Profile

Advokatfirmaet Hjort
AKERSGATEN 51
PO BOX 471, SENTRUM
0105 OSLO
Norway
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Work Department

Employment

Position

Alex Borch is a partner in Hjort’s employment law department.

Alex assists both employers and employees with legal advice and in legal disputes in the practice area of employment law. He has comprehensive litigation experience and has negotiated a large number of termination agreements for both employers and employees. Additionally, Alex has special  experience involving employees who start up a competing business – or transfer to competing businesses. Notably, he has edited the book “Konkurransebegrensninger i arbeidsforhold” and been asked by the Ministry to contribute to the legislative process that  resulted in new legislation being adopted in the area.

Furthermore, Alex has extensive experience involving professional liability and board members’ liability. In 2019 he handled many large compensation cases against law firms in both the Court of Appeals and the Norwegian Supreme Court. Alex has also assisted many former managing and board members in compensation proceedings.

Moreover, Alex has broad litigation experience from various contract disputes. The disputes have involved e.g. purchases, franchise relationships, collaboration agreements and distribution agreements. Limitation has featured as a particular issue in several of the disputes.

In addition, Alex has conducted a number of cases before the courts that defy easy classification, including the extent of the authority granted a legal counsel when entering into a settlement, age discrimination and establishing whether a foundation was set up lawfully.

Career

  • 2011 Admitted to the Supreme Court
  • 2007 Partner, Advokatfirmaet Hjort DA
  • 1997 – 2006 Attorney, Wiersholm, Mellbye & Bech, advokatfirma AS
  • 1993 – 1997 Senior Executive Officer/acting Legal Adviser, Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Justice

Languages

English, Norwegian

Memberships

  • Member of the Norwegian Bar Association
  • Member of the Norwegian Bar Association’s ethics committee
  • Member of the disciplinary committee of the Oslo branch of the Norwegian Bar Association
  • Member of the Norwegian Bar Association’s legislative committee for labour law

Education

1993 Law degree, University of Oslo 

In 2018, Alex Borch completed the arbitrator education recommended by the Association of Danish lawyers.

Lawyer Rankings

Norway > Employment

(Leading individuals)

Alex BorchAdvokatfirmaet Hjort

Advokatfirmaet Hjort’s employment practice is a ‘well-oiled machine’, which acts for notable clients in the energy, banking, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, education, technology and public sectors and also handles issues for senior executives; key examples include Statoil, Siemens and DNB Bank. The team also utilises the firm’s litigation strength to handle high-profile employment disputes; it recently represented the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in a sexual harassment case. Lars Styren heads up the department and joined from the NHO in early 2019, former practice head Einar Engh is a key contact for collective and individual employment law, Alex Borch focuses on litigation, and Claude Lenth handles non-compete restrictions, pension issues and data mandates. Managing partner Anne Marie Due also contributes to the practice and acts for public sector clients. The group also saw growth in early 2020 with the recruitment of Jens Kristian Johansen and Christopher Hansteen and other junior team members from Advokatfirmaet Grette AS. Jarl Borgvin Dørre joined Advokatfirmaet Lund & Co DA in mid-2019.

Norway > Dispute resolution

Alongside its notable civil litigation expertise, Advokatfirmaet Hjort is a key name in the market for criminal cases and regularly handles white-collar crime matters including tax evasion, corruption and insider trading work. The group is also recommended for professional liability issues; it recently acted for Sparebank 1 SR-Bank in a dispute against its former lawyers. Key contacts in the practice include Alex Borch, Frode Innjord and Kristin Veierød; Borch is singled out for his employment law expertise; Innjord handles civil litigation and Veierød is an expert in claims in the electronic communication field. Clients also praise managing partner and employment expert Anne Marie Due, and white-collar expert Nils Christian Langtvedt. Anders Myhre joined Advokatfirmaet Grette AS in 2020.