Monica Syrdal > Advokatfirmaet Hjort > Oslo, Norway > Lawyer Profile

Advokatfirmaet Hjort
Universitetsgata 7
Oslo, 0164
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Work Department

Intellectual property, TMT


Monica Syrdal is a member of Hjort’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications department. She works primarily with copyright, trademark and marketing law.  Syrdal also has extensive experience with privacy law, as well as competition law and basic European and European Economic Area (EEA) law.

Syrdal has in-depth competence within the technology, media and telecommunications practice areas, and is often engaged in assisting companies in these sectors. In particular, Syrdal has  experience with matters that are connected to both intellectual property rights and competition. Syrdals’ work has influenced legislative changes at both national and European levels.

Syrdal provides continuous advice pertaining to intellectual property issues. Advice includes assessments and assistance with the design and negotiation of agreements, especially in cases regarding distribution, copyright or other intellectual property licensing in correlation with the handling of relationships with relevant sector authorities. These authorities include the Ministry of Culture, The Norwegian Media Authority, Norwegian Communications Authority, The Consumer Authority and Data Protection Authority.

Syrdal has experience with dispute resolution in the field of intellectual property, including for the courts, the Appeals Board for Industrial Rights, the Market Council, the Cable Disputes Committee, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (Domain Names) and the Committee for the Control of Unfair Competition.

Within competition law, Syrdal has assisted in cases pertaining to the prohibition of anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant positions. She has experience in handling cases of alleged violation of competition law, including those for the Competition Authority, the Competition Appeals Board, the EFTA Surveillance Authority and the ordinary courts. She also has experience in enforcing the competition rules before the courts in private law.  Moreover, Syrdal provides


  • 2010 – Partner, Advokatfirmaet Hjort DA
  • 2008 – 2009 Senior Attorney, Advokatfirmaet Hjort DA
  • 2000 – 2008 Attorney, Telenor ASA
  • 1999 – 2000 Attorney, Advokatfirmaet Thommessen
  • 1998 – 1999 EFTA, Department of Competition and State Aid Surveillance Authority
  • 1997 – 1998 Deputy Judge, Nedre Romerike District Court
  • 1996 – 1997 Associate, Advokatfirmaet Thommessen


  • 1996 Diploma in competition law, Kings College
  • 1995 Law degree, University of Oslo
  • 1992 - 1994 Exams in English and German for lawyers


  • Leader of the Norwegian Bar Association’s legislative committee on European and competition law
  • Member of the Norwegian Bar Association
  • Member of the Norwegian Copyright Association


  • 1996 Diploma in competition law, Kings College
  • 1995 Law degree, University of Oslo
  • 1992 – 1994 Exams in English and German for lawyers

Lawyer Rankings

Norway > TMT

Led by telecoms expert Kristin Veierød, the TMT department at Advokatfirmaet Hjort is well known for its strong capabilities in handling telecoms mandates, and regularly advises on technology projects within the energy sector; data protection and privacy work also features in the group’s workload. Monica Syrdal specialises in media law, acting for Norwegian and international clients in the space. Eivind G. Moe is a key contact for outsourcing, contractual and technology work.

Norway > Intellectual property

Advokatfirmaet Hjort‘s ‘business-minded‘ team stands out for its ‘in-depth knowledge about copyright regulation‘, and is equally adept at handling a broad range of IP litigation. Trade mark work has been prominent in the group’s recent workload. Monica Syrdal, who heads up the practice, is very experienced in assisting clients from the media sector with licensing agreements and regulatory work concerning changes to IP legislation, while Rolf Trolle Andersen specialises in patent, design, trade mark and marketing law, and is sought out for his expertise in litigation. Senior lawyer Øivind K. Foss is also noted.

Norway > EU and competition

Monica Syrdal and Heddy Ludvigsen jointly head up the practice at Advokatfirmaet Hjort, which stands out for its experience in public procurement work, competition litigation and abuse of dominance matters. The group reports an uptick in state aid instructions, and is well versed in representing clients from the media, financial, telecoms, technology, public and aviation sectors. Managing associate Dag Sørlie Lund is very experienced in acting in cases before the EFTA Surveillance Authority.