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Steen Hellmann

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Specialist areas: Construction, public procurement, dispute resolution and employment.



Steen Hellmann advises public authorities, private businesses and technical consultants on all aspects of construction and procurement. Steen assists in the drafting and negotiation of contracts and has extensive experience in court and arbitration proceedings in the field of construction law. Steen additionally assists in the planning, implementation and monitoring of calls for tenders for building and construction projects and for the procurement of goods and services.

Steen advises on labour and employment law, assisting trade unions in particular. He has extensive experience in court and arbitration proceedings in the field of labour and employment law.

Steen has advised and assisted clients in areas including:

  • ongoing advisory services in the field of labour and employment law
  • drafting and implementing calls for tenders for the construction of EU-sponsored biogas plants in Zealand, contracts for infrastructure works in connection with the Metro project in Copenhagen and contracts for an urban development project
  • calls for tenders for insurance services relating to a major construction project
  • establishing urban and area development companies on a public-private partnership basis
  • shareholder agreements in connection with the formation of companies or consortiums
  • calls for tenders and conclusion of contracts for ambulance services and patient transportation for four of the five Danish regional authorities (contract value: approximately DKK 4 billion)
  • calls for tenders, conclusion of contracts and provision of technical consultancy services on the City Ring Project in Copenhagen
  • the legal effects of bankruptcy of contracting parties

Steen also assists in court and arbitration proceedings concerning:

  • technical consultants' design and supervision liability
  • product liability in the building and construction industry
  • completion statements and defects in construction projects
  • claims for delay and liquidated damages
  • indexation in construction projects
  • on demand bonds, performance bonds, advance payment bonds and client payment bonds
  • rules and regulations on construction and consulting services in Greenland
  • interpretation of collective agreements and working time agreements
  • termination of employment and summary dismissals of employees
  • employers' claims for repayment
  • scope of application of the Danish Act on Transfers of Undertakings
  • distribution of income among public-sector companies


2009                Partner, VILTOFT

2005                Admitted to the High Court

2003                Admitted to the Danish Bar

2000-2009       Assistant attorney and attorney, VILTOFT


Steen speaks the Scandinavian languages and English.


Chairman, A/S Botica Entreprise

Head of school board, Kildegård Privatskole (2013-)

Member of the Danish Society for Construction and Consulting Law, the Danish Association for Procurement Law, the Danish Association of Litigators, the Danish Labour Law Society, Danish Employment Law Lawyers and the Danish Company Law Society.


2000                Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of Copenhagen

1999                Studies at New York University School of Law, USA


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Viltoft focuses on the construction, real estate and procurement sectors; construction and procurement expert Michael Gjedde-Nielsen jointly leads the team and defended Metroselskabet against the contractors constructing the Copenhagen Metro, which are requesting an extra €1bn due to extra work and delays. Fellow practice head Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen primarily handles arbitrations and acted for a consortium of contractors involved in the DNU hospital project in a fee dispute with the regional authorities, and construction specialist Henrik Hauge Andersen defended Roskilde Kommune in a dispute against insurer Topdanmark, which alleged that the client did not establish the correct insurance following a fire. Also noted is Steen Hellmann, who focuses on professional negligence claims.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Construction boutique Viltoft is 'quick to react to new cases' and recognised by clients for its 'practical advice', 'quick turnaround' and 'solid market knowledge'. Team co-head Michael Gjedde-Nielsen recently represented Metroselskabet, the operator of the Copenhagen Metro, in a dispute against the Copenhagen Metro Team, which is an Italian consortium instructed to build the city ring stage of the railway; the matter involves a €1bn claim arising from delays and extra work caused during construction. Fellow practice head Henrik Hauge Andersen is also highly skilled in construction disputes and acted for Copenhagen Zoo against contractor Jorton in a claim relating to the construction of its polar bear facility, 'The Arctic Ring'. Other noteworthy individuals include Steen Hellmann, who was instructed by 3B in several disputes with contractors and suppliers, who claimed damages for the use of magnesium oxide boards on the client's housing projects; Peter Fauerholdt Thommesen, who assisted Hovedstadens Letbane with the construction of The Greater Copenhagen Light Rail including 27 stations outside of the capital; Morten Ruben Brage, who is particularly strong in environmental and planning issues, and Eva Olesen, who regularly acts in construction-related arbitrations.

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