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

Advokatfirmaet Hjort
0105 OSLO
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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

Advokatfirmaet Hjort leverages its strong litigation expertise to handle TMT disputes with notable expertise in the telecoms and media sectors; the practice also handles technology projects in the energy and telecoms sector and has in-depth knowledge of privacy regulations and personal data protection issues. Department head Kristin Veierød has notable knowledge of telecoms regulation and counts Telenor as a key client; and Monica Syrdal focuses on the media sector and acts for broadcasters and content distributors involved in traditional media platforms and online content distribution. Claude Lenth is recommended for data protection mandates.

Norway > Intellectual property

With ‘very strong litigation skills’, Advokatfirmaet Hjort’s contentious expertise encompasses copyright, trade mark, design and marketing law, and the team is increasingly active in patent cases. The group is also a key name for media and telecoms sector clients and counts Telenor, Kabel Norge and HBO Nordic as active clients. Monica Syrdal leads the department and is noted for her media copyright expertise. Other key names include litigators Rolf Chr. Trolle Andersen and newly promoted partner Nils Christian Langtvedt.

Norway > EU and competition

Advokatfirmaet Hjort’s key areas of expertise encompass state aid work, procurement issues and free movement matters with particular experience in dominance-related mandates; the group also leverages the firm’s wider litigation strength to handle competition disputes. Monica Syrdal and Heddy Ludvigsen jointly lead the practice; Syrdal assists clients in the media and communications sector while Ludvigsen’s sector expertise spans the aviation, healthcare, fishery and public sectors. Kristin Veierød also contributes to the practice and acts for telecoms clients in abuse of dominance and pricing matters.