Mr Jens Brede > Kvale Advokatfirma DA > Oslo, Norway > Lawyer Profile

Kvale Advokatfirma DA
0122 OSLO
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Work Department

Petroleum and energy law, construction law, dispute resolution and litigation and acting arbitrator


Mr Jens Brede Heads Kvale’s Oil and Gas department. He has since 1988 worked with legal issues related to all segments of the oil- and gas industry, specializing in contractual law issues, especially within the areas of construction contracts, transportation contracts, gas sales contracts, license contracts and service contracts. He has also experience from insurance cases related to the oil- and gas business.


1992 – Partner, Kvale; 1988 – 1992 Partner, Kvale & Brede; 1986 – 1988 Associate, Wikborg, Rein & Co; 1984 – 1986 Assistant judge, Lofoten District Court; 1983 – 1984 Research assistant, Department of Criminal Law, University of Oslo


Norwegian and English


The Norwegian Bar Association.


1984 Cand. jur., University of Oslo

Lawyer Rankings

Norway > Oil and gas

(Leading individuals)

Jens BredeKvale Advokatfirma DA

At Kvale Advokatfirma DA, Jens Brede and Yngve Bustnesli jointly lead the group and specialise in oil and gas litigation and petroleum law respectively; Bustnesli is also experienced in contractual issues and transactional work. The team also includes oil services specialist Gry Bratvold, who recently joined from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS; Andreas Stang Lund, who focuses on contentious work; and corporate team head Jostein Moen. The practice’s client roster includes Marsk Drilling and Equinor; Brede is currently defending the latter in a dispute against COSL Innovator relating to the termination of a drilling contract following damage to a rig on the Norwegian continental shelf caused by a wave. Erik Brannsten moved in-house at Bane Nor.

Norway > Offshore construction and shipbuilding

(Hall of Fame)

Jens BredeKvale Advokatfirma DA

Jens Brede and Yngve Bustnesli co-head the department at Kvale Advokatfirma DA, which has notable strength in the oil and gas sector and counts oil companies, contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers and distributors as clients. The group handles the full range of offshore projects and disputes; Brede and Andreas Stang Lund are key names for litigation, Bustnesli is experienced in petroleum law and offshore contracts, and Gry Bratvold, who joined from Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS in mid-2019, acts for clients in the oil services sector.

Norway > Dispute resolution

Per Conradi Andersen heads up the department at Kvale Advokatfirma DA, which is singled out for its expertise in the offshore and energy sectors with a client roster including Holship Norge, Dong E&P Norge and Statoil. The practice also recently acted for Standard P&I in a dispute with Grad and Stolt Nielsen relating to a fatal ship collision. Andersen is also active in IP, construction and corporate disputes; Jens Brede focuses on the oil and gas sector, Andreas Stang Lund has notable strength in the financial services, consumer products and real estate sectors; and Kristian Lindhartsen handles marine insurance disputes. Ingvild Hanssen-Bauer is also recommended for IP litigation.