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NJORD Law Firm

Denmark > EU, competition and public procurement Tier 1

NJORD Law Firm has notable experience in advising on dominant undertakings, selective distribution issues, and rebate schemes. The team assists a diverse client base of tobacco manufacturers and companies within the medical devices and pharmaceuticals industries. Thomas Ryhl has particular experience in conducting litigation and negotiations with public authorities, and acted as the Danish Agent for the European Commission’s Legal Services, supported by Anders Worsøe. Nis Peter Dall utilises his expertise in data protection and e-commerce issues on competition matters and IP work in the Nordics.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Ryhl; Anders Worsøe; Nis Peter Dall

Key clients


Smith & Nephew

Siemens Healthcare




KeyLoop (formerly CDK)



Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advised Novartis Pharma & Ferring Pharmaceuticals on the Europe-wide litigation against parallel importers.
  • Advised Allianz Invest and 1,700 other large institutional investors in the largest claim ever filed in Denmark, seeking more than €2.3bn in damages from Novo Nordisk A/S for violations of the Market Abuse Regulation.
  • Advised Coloplast International on all complex EU competition law matters and the interplay with the EU procurement rules, on a pan-European level.

Denmark > Shipping and transport Tier 2

The team at NJORD Law Firm is known for its ‘cutting-edge knowledge and insight‘ and expertise in road transport matters, the offshore industry, and logistics issues, areas in which practice head Ulla Fabricius has over 30 years’ experience. Fabricius is ‘extremely sharp and knowledgeable‘ and frequently assists hauliers, logistics providers and freight forwarders with their regulatory issues, often appearing before the Maritime and Commercial High Court and the Supreme Court. Associate Lene Ishø is an international trade and transport specialist, who handles disputes and non-contentious matters for transport companies. Associate Peter Helby Petersen joined the team from TVC Law Firm in Janurary 2022, adding his labour and employment expertise within the shipping and transport sector.

Practice head(s):

Ulla Fabricius

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Ryhl; Lene Ishø; Anna Lind Thirunavakarasu; Peter Helby Petersen


‘An outstanding and unique capacity and a dedicated team that is always on top of the agenda nationally as well as internationally. Simply the best performing law firm in terms of transport, logistics and shipping.’

‘Ulla Fabricius is the light tower of this outstanding team. Ulla has a dedicated and a profound approach to clients, to the industry and she has a well-proven record of many leading cases and Ulla Fabricius is at top-level legal capacity.’

‘Very hands-on. Thorough insight to the industry. Direct, clear and honest communication always with focus on solutions that can be implemented.’

‘Ulla Fabricius is one of a kind. Extremely sharp and knowledgeable with a good commercial understanding and a broad network throughout the industry, which gives her a good insight on many topics – also as regards commercial and operational dilemmas. She is very sympathetic and well esteemed among peers and that provides for faster resolution of disputes. She cuts to the chase and always focuses on solutions.’

‘Cutting-edge knowledge and insight regarding regulation of the logistic-sector, especially the Road Mobility Package (EU).’

‘Ulla Fabricius renders clear and operational advice and is very knowledgeable within her field. She is certainly a bright star on the Danish and European scene for legal experts within transportation and similar areas.’

‘One to watch is assistant attorney Anna Lind Thirunavakarasu, who is sharp, precise, and accurate in her written advice as well as in dialogue. She is expected to be a rising star within a few years.’

Key clients

Codan Forsikring A/S


Anders Nielsen & Co. A/S

DSV Group of companies

H.P. Therkelsen A/S

Bring Group of Companies

Johs. Rasmussen, Svebølle A/S

BHS Logistics A/S

Denmark > Dispute resolution Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm is home to a varied practice which regularly represents large brand names, such as Coca-Cola, Louis Vuitton and L’Oréal. Thomas Ryhl and Jeppe Brogaard Clausen jointly head up the practice from Copenhagen, alongside Tom Jensen, who leads the team from Silkeborg. Rhyl has over 27 years’ experience and specialist knowledge in litigating cases concerning competition, procurement, and pharmaceuticals law, while Clausen often represents brand owners in cases concerning counterfeits and passing off issues. Ulla Fabricius often appears before the Maritime and Commercial High Court and the Supreme Court and is an expert in transport and shipping matters. Robert Mikelsons has ample experience in international tax, VAT and indirect tax litigation, and Rasmus Paus Torp joined the team from Bech-Bruun in 2021 and specialises in insurance, product and professional liability litigation.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Ryhl; Jeppe Brogaard Clausen; Tom Jensen

Other key lawyers:


‘Thomas Ryhl has incredibly deep subject matter and industry expertise. His efficiency is outstanding.’

Key clients


Louis Vuitton

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

J. Lauritzen A/S


Gjensidige Insurance

IF Skadeforsikring

Codan (ex-RSA, now Tryg)

Bring Trucking (Posten Norge)

Omni Bridgeway (formerly IMF Bentham Group)

Novartis Pharma

Siemens Medical

Work highlights

  • Represented Novartis Pharma & Ferring Pharmaceuticals in Europe-wide litigation against parallel importers.
  • Acted for Allianz Invest and a consortium of 1,700 major global institutional investors in a claim seeking more than €2.3bn in damages from Novo Nordisk A/S for violations of the Market Abuse Regulation.
  • Represented Bring (Norwegian Post) in an EU landmark case on international road transport (Jetzi vs Bring) against a coalition of European trade unions.

Denmark > Energy Tier 3

Led by Thomas Ryhl, NJORD Law Firm‘s energy team primarily advises international companies in the offshore wind energy sector, charging station operators, and energy companies on the full range of regulatory issues. The group regularly assists clients with transactional matters within the renewable energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Ryhl

Key clients





Envision Energy

Belectric GmbH



Vests Wind Systems

Siemens/Gamesa Wind



Work highlights

  • Advising Vestas, Siemens/Gamesa, and Green Power Denmark on onshore testing facilities for offshore wind turbines.
  • Advising a major construction company and the Polish Government on the construction of a new gas pipeline from Norway to Poland.
  • Advising major hauliers and two Danish harbours on contractual matters concerning a joint plan by Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and the European Union to construct wind farm projects in the North Sea in 2024.

Denmark > Information technology Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm’s team combines its expertise in public law and IT, and often advises on web development projects, IT agreements and negotiations, and system developments. Anders Wernblad is praised as a ‘thought leader and wonderful person‘, and is an IT and digitalisation specialist who advises on IT procurement projects. Wernblad also regularly advises The Danish Chamber of Commerce on e-commerce matters, and often represents clients against the Danish Consumer Ombudsman.

Practice head(s):

Anders Wernblad


‘Anders Wernblad is a thought leader and wonderful person who one can entrust with the most important business and personal legal matters.’

Key clients

Procon Solution A/S

Adapt A/S

Boligsiden A/S

Conxion A/S

Luxplus ApS

Arbit Cyber Defence Systems ApS

Cookie Information A/S

NutraQ ApS

Signicat AS

Creditro A/S

Denmark > Insolvency Tier 3

Fielding a ‘really good team with very experienced people‘, NJORD Law Firm advises companies acting as creditors on petitions for bankruptcies, and assists companies in distress. Rated by clients as ‘by far the best lawyer in the field‘, practice head Anders Hammer Hansen often advises financial institutions and employee organisations when filing for bankruptcy petitions, in addition to acting as trustee in bankruptcy estates.

Practice head(s):

Anders Hammer Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Malene Eigtved; Jørgen Erik Frandsen; Torben Krath; Ole Larsen


‘Anders Hammer Hansen is by far the best lawyer in this field. Very knowledgeable and with a very sharp intellect.’

‘Njord has a really good team with very experienced people. The team is particularly well qualified and experienced. Efficient, fair, and very professional team. What makes them unique is the humanity they show. They are generally nice and nice people to work with.’

‘Ole Larsen and Anders Hammer Hansen, through many years of experience, solve their cases at a high professional level.’

‘Torben Krath is easy to work with and a nice person.’

Key clients

Jyske Bank

Jyske Finans




Merkur Bank

Denmark > Insurance Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm‘s insurance and reinsurance practice advises on cargo insurance claims, business and product liability issues, and the full range of recourse claims. The ‘brilliantRasmus Paus Torp leads the team with his ‘extensive knowledge‘ and advises a number of insurance brokers, companies and agents, in addition to acting for foreign and domestic companies in claims and commercial disputes. Karsten Gudmand-Høyer primarily assists with cases concerning consultant’s liability, most often involving accountants, real estate agents and lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Rasmus Paus Torp


‘Rasmus Paus Torp has a great deal of professional knowledge. He is always well prepared. Rasmus is a brilliant attorney with extensive knowledge who time and time again has managed to achieve great results through his great litigation and negotiation skills.’

‘Besides being a brilliant attorney, Rasmus Paus Torp cares and really makes you as a client feel heard, seen and cared for.’

Key clients

Codan Forsikring A/S

Gjensidige Forsikring, dansk filial af Gjensidige Forsikring ASA, Norge

GF Forsikring A/S

HDI Danmark, filial af HDI Global SE, Tyskland

QBE Danmark, filial af QBE Europe SA/NV, Belgien

Tryg Forsikring A/S

Denmark > Media and entertainment Tier 3

Denmark > Real estate and construction

The ‘down to earth‘ team at NJORD Law Firm assists a varied client roster of housing associations, municipalities, project developers, administrators and construction companies with the purchase and sale of portfolios and housing complexes, and international tenders. Christian Schwarz-Hansen leads the team and often advises clients on the optimisation of portfolios, issues within the social housing sector, and real estate transactions. Erik Larsson has ‘vast knowledge‘ and substantial experience in advising on commercial leases and development projects, and the construction of hotels and schools.

Practice head(s):

Christian Schwarz-Hansen

Other key lawyers:

Erik Larsson; Bettina Erringsø


‘Erik Larsson is unique. His vast knowledge as well as technical advice is beyond significant. His always approachable and his nature is appreciated by everyone, including his counterparts. Constant care, due diligence and thoroughness are among his characteristics, as is his insight into the challenges of the construction business.’

‘The team has strong analysis, gives clear answers, and provides useful strategies. They have sharp intellects.’

‘Down to earth and readily available, they are good at closing deals. Christian Schwartz-Hansen has a great cultural understanding of German-based companies.’

Key clients

AB Bovieran

Aluflam International A/S

Arpe & Kjeldsholm A/S

Bertelsen & Scheving Arkitekter A/S

BHS Logistics

Boligselskabet Nordkysten

By og Bolig Administration A/S

Ceraco A/S

Christensen & Co. Arkitekter

Copenhagen Teachers Association

Egebaek Byg A/S

Ekona A/S

Ejendomsinvestering A/S

Eriksson Stilladser A/S

Four Stars S.A.


KAJ O. Madsen A/S

Kaffelaget ApS

KSE Group A/S

Municipality of Egedal

Municipality of Silkeborg

Nordbo Huse


Lycée Français Prins Henrik’s Property Foundation

MI56 ApS

Oskar Group

P.S.J. Ejendomsinvest 3 ApS

PEJA Ejendomsinvest ApS

Rasmus Friis A/S

RH Greve ApS

Risskov Engbolig A/S

Silkeborg Swim Stadium Foundation


Soenderhaven Braedstrup ApS

Tinker Imagineers

Uniplan Danmark A/S

University College Absalon

University of Copenhagen

Vemmelund Ejendomme I/S

Work highlights

  • Advising German investor OPES Immobilien Group on developing a 16,700sqm prestigious property located at the Town Hall Square in the heart of Copenhagen.
  • Representing Silkeborg Swim Stadium Foundation in all legal matters related to the planning and construction of a new 6,700sq.m. swim stadium in Silkeborg, Denmark.
  • Advising Danish construction giant Arpe & Kjeldsholm A/S on the construction of two high-rise buildings in the new urban living district called Carlsberg Byen on the former Carlsberg brewery site in the heart of Copenhagen.

Denmark > Tax Tier 3

NJORD Law Firm‘s tax practice is known for its expertise in dispensing advice on tax and VAT issues relating to international trade and cross-border transactions within the Nordics. Practice head Robert Mikelsons has extensive contentious expertise and often appears before the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice, representing executives of international companies in disputes concerning stock option programmes and the repayment of taxes.

Practice head(s):

Robert Mikelsons

Other key lawyers:

René Lykke Wethelund; Niels Gade-Jacobson

Key clients

ABN Amro Group


United Chemi-CON

Ress Life Investments



Dansk Shell

Parken Sport and Entertainment

Bonnier Publications

Forbo Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Liechtenstein Foundations on tax and negotiations with the Danish Tax Agency in order to be tax compliant in Denmark.
  • Representing Dansk Shell A/S in ongoing tax and VAT cases (value €16.8 m) in Danish Tax Courts.
  • Representing Danish Property Investment Funds in ongoing tax cases (value €15 m) in Danish tax courts.

Denmark > Banking and finance Tier 4

NJORD Law Firm‘s ‘very knowledgeable‘ team often advises on the establishment of investment funds and the raising of capital for investment projects. Practice head Kim Høibye is ‘pleasant, knowledgeable, and generous‘, and has ample experience in advising financial institutions which are under supervision on securities trading matters, financial products and services, and asset management issues.

Practice head(s):

Kim Høibye

Other key lawyers:

Jakub Zakrzewski


‘We find NJORD Law Firm is very knowledgeable, commercial, prompt and proactive.’

‘As a team, they are very good at seeing the bigger picture and understanding the business’ needs when solving challenges.’

‘Kim Høibye and Jakub Zakrzewski have deep knowledge. They are very pleasant, knowledgeable, and generous.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Asset Management

AP Pension

Ardevora Asset Management LLP.

Asgard (formerly Moma Advisors)

Atlas Global Macro

Bank of New York Mellon


Brown Advisory




Janus Henderson

JP Morgan

Jyske Bank

Kirk Kapital A/S

Legal & General

LGT Capital Partners Ltd.

M&G (Lux) Investment Funds

Milieu – Law & Policy Consulting

Ninety One UK Limited

Nordea Realkredit


Payset Ltd.

QLO Advisors

Realkredit Denmark

Ricoh Europe Plc



Stoneware Capital LLP

Sun Finance Group


Triodos Bank UK

Tryg A/S

UTI Goldfinch Funds Plc

Wandoo Finance Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Nykredit on the establishment of the DKK2bn investment fund Nykredit Alpha Core AIF-SIKAV Private Equity 2022-2030.
  • Advised the European Maritime Finance Group on structuring and raising capital in a number of investment projects (EMF Tanker I – XXVII) aimed at investors in the Nordics and Switzerland facilitating investment in vessels of an approximate total value of $430m.
  • Advising Bankinvest on the liquidation and unwinding of claims of the DKK200m retail investment fund Nielsen Global Value.

Denmark > Employment Tier 4

The team at NJORD Law Firm is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional organisational restructurings, employment contracts, and litigation surrounding the misuse of business secrets. Miriam Michaelsen leads the team and advises domestic and international corporates on negotiations between unions and organisations, in addition to insourcing and outsourcing issues. Anders Worsøe is often engaged in international arbitration proceedings, and assists clients with changes in regional management and the expansion of business into Denmark.

Practice head(s):

Miriam Michaelsen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

REMS GmbH & Co. KG and Danish subsidiary REMS Scandinavia A/SLSG Sky Chefs Group

Advanced Energy Industries and Danish subsidiary LumaSense Technologies A/SKramp Groep B.V.

Teknos OY and Danish subsidiary Teknos A/SGerry Weber Denmark ApS & Gerry Weber Group, Germany

The Danish Road Traffic AuthorityREMS GmbH & Co. KG and Danish subsidiary REMS Scandinavia A/S

Marc O´Polo International GmbHStar Inc. (formerly Cogniance, Inc.)

Scanflex Medical ABSennheiser HQ and Sennheiser Nordic A/S

Tokio Marine HCC

Advanced Energy Industries and Danish subsidiary LumaSense Technologies A/S

Teknos OY and Danish subsidiary Teknos A/S

The Danish Road Traffic Authority

Marc O´Polo International GmbH

Scanflex Medical AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Marc O’Polo International on the process of setting up shop-in-shop operations in Denmark.
  • Represented The Danish Building Constructors Trade Union and the Danish Architects Trade Union, a large group of employees, in connection with the restructuring of KHR Architects.
  • Advised Teknos OY and Danish subsidiary Teknos A/S on employment matters and strategy issues relating to Teknos’ paint manufacturing and distribution activities in Denmark.

Denmark > Intellectual property Tier 4

Denmark > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

With six offices spanning the Nordic region, NJORD Law Firm serves a roster of domestic and international clients, with its recent area of focus being private equity and venture capital investments. Practice head René Lykke Wethelund uses his ‘sharp mind‘ to represent international stakeholders in foreign liaison matters. ‘Outstanding M&A lawyerJens Christian Dreyer advises investors and growth businesses on real estate M&A, capital raisings and the negotiation of the related agreements.

Practice head(s):

René Lykke Wethelund

Other key lawyers:

Jens Christian Dreyer; Lars Lokdam


‘Jens Christian Dreyer shows a superior understanding of all of the business related issues beyond the legal expertise. His behaviour and business knowledge and understanding is a great asset and would make a highly valued board member.’

‘Highly professional team with a great understanding of the balance between what is legally optimal and what makes sense business-wise.’

‘René Lykke Wethelund always delivers flawlessly. He has a sharp mind, snappy communication, and a great personality. I highly recommend René.’

‘Njord is our go to law firm in Denmark. User friendly, strong commercial advice, totally fluent English. An excellent performance. Over the years, we’ve dealt with many firms in the Nordic region, and specifically in Denmark, Njord stands out.’

‘Jens Christian Dreyer is an outstanding M&A lawyer.’

‘René Lykke Wethelund is super solution-oriented and really good at understanding and solving complex matters. He works day and night to deliver fast responses.’

‘They understand the clients’ needs very well, and go the extra mile. The team is very reliable and professional with expert knowledge.’

Key clients

Comcare A/S

Auto Solutions Group A/S

Enghouse Systems

CompuGroup Medical

Lind Invest ApS

Sodexo A/S

Reinh. van Hauen ApS

Ooono A/S


One Peak Partners

Vertica A/S

Idverde SAS

Vivonio Furniture GmbH

Dairy of 1888 ApS

Silkeborg IF Invest A/S

Dahl-Nielsen Holding ApS

Organic Plan Protein A/S

Ejendomsinvestering A/S

PHM Group Oy

Work highlights

  • Advised Plandisc Holding on the sale of all shares in Plandisc to Visma.
  • Advised Finnish-listed PHM Group on several acquisitions in Denmark.
  • Advised Global Loan Agency Services on the financing of the acquisition of EET Group A/S.

The firm: NJORD Law Firm is a leading international law firm with a strong presence in the Nordic and the Baltic Sea area with offices in Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia.

Its 200+ professionals provide legal services within all corporate and commercial law areas and adapt it to any market condition. About half of the world’s top 100 brands are among NJORD Law Firm’s clients.

A large number of natives employed from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Germany working at the Copenhagen office give NJORD Law Firm access to a wide range of jurisdictions, and the firm continues to add new nationalities to its team.

Whether the assignment is a Danish transfer of a business or a Pan-Nordic trademark protection, NJORD’s lawyers bring openness, regional scope, and international knowledge and vision into play.

In summary, NJORD Law Firm offers local know-how, a Nordic approach, and global experience.

Areas of practice: At NJORD, the lawyers combine profound professional expertise with distinct and direct counselling – in plain language – providing value-adding advice to its client’s business. In addition, a number of partners bring solid business experience from in-house positions in large companies.

Due to NJORD’s lawyers’ strong business sense and extensive expertise in working cross-border, they assist clients in navigating the pitfalls of both Danish, Nordic, and international law. This means their clients often only need to seek legal advice in one place.

In addition, NJORD’s specialists have set up several multidisciplinary innovative teams working across the departments – e.g. the drone and robotics group delivering innovative and solution-oriented advice within all technological specialities, and the bilingual German Nordic legal desk, which is the most ambitious and experienced in Denmark and the Nordic region.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A Lars Lokdam
Corporate/M&A Henrik Lyhne
Commercial, corporate and M&A Rune Tarnø
Dispute resolution Thomas Ryhl
Dispute resolution Jeppe Brogaard Clausen
Employment and labour Miriam Michaelsen
Employment and labour Anders Worsøe
Employment and labour Lars Lokdam
EU & Competition Thomas Ryhl
Intellectual property Jeppe Brogaard Clausen
Intellectual property Thomas Ryhl
Insolvency and restructuring Anders Hammer Hansen
Maritime and transport Ulla Fabricius
Maritime and transport Thomas Ryhl
Private equity Robert Mikelsons
Real estate and construction Erik Larsson
Real estate and construction Christian Schwarz-Hansen
Tax Robert Mikelsons
Data privacy and data protection Nis Peter Dall
Insurance Rasmus Torp
Energy Thomas Ryhl
IT Nis Peter
Media and entertainment Jeppe Brogaard Clausen
Life Sciences and Healthtech Thomas Ryhl
Photo Name Position Profile
Jeppe Brogaard Clausen photo Mr Jeppe Brogaard Clausen Jeppe Brogaard Clausen is a specialist in intellectual property law. For more…
Nis Peter Dall photo Mr Nis Peter Dall Nis Peter Dall is primarily engaged in data protection law, IT law…
Ulla Fabricius photo Mrs Ulla Fabricius For many years, Ulla Fabricius has advised both national and international transport…
Jørgen Erik Frandsen photo Mr Jørgen Erik Frandsen Jørgen Erik Frandsen is primarily engaged in counselling of financial businesses and…
Karsten Gudmand-Høyer photo Mr Karsten Gudmand-Høyer Karsten Gudmand-Høyer is one of the leading experts within the field of…
Anders Hammer Hansen photo Mr Anders Hammer Hansen Anders Hammer Hansen specialises in insolvency law, including insolvency and restructuring. He…
Lene Ishøj photo Miss Lene Ishøj Attorney at law Lene Ishøj has 4 years of experience working as…
Erik Larsson photo Mr Erik Larsson Erik Larsson specialises in construction law, real estate, guarantees, contract law, social…
Lars Lokdam photo Mr Lars Lokdam Lars Lokdam specialises in the purchase and sale of enterprises, and he…
Henrik Lyhne photo Mr Henrik Lyhne Henrik Lyhne specialises in business law and primarily deals with company law…
Miriam Michaelsen photo Mrs Miriam Michaelsen Partner Miriam Michaelsen, head of the Employment Law team, is specialised in…
Robert Mikelsons photo Mr Robert Mikelsons Robert Mikelsons is the head of NJORD’s tax specialist group. He gives…
Peter Helby Petersen photo Mr Peter Helby Petersen Peter Helby Petersen handles employment law and real estate cases. Peter’s speciality…
Thomas Ryhl photo Mr Thomas Ryhl Thomas Ryhl is a committed and very knowledgeable attorney. He takes pride…
Christian Schwarz-Hansen photo Mr Christian Schwarz-Hansen Christian Schwarz-Hansen is the head of NJORD’s real estate team. Over the…
Jakob Stilling photo Mr Jakob Stilling Jakob Stilling is an authorized administrator with the bankruptcy division of the…
Anders Worsøe photo Mr Anders Worsøe Anders Worsøe is well-versed in multiple legal disciplines and mostly with an…
Number of lawyers : 107
Other offices : Aarhus
Other Offices : Silkeborg
Other offices : Riga
Other offices : Tallinn
Other offices : Vilnius
Other offices : Roskilde


Diversity is the essence of the atmosphere at NJORD Law Firm. 

We think, speak and collaborate in more than 25 languages. We see the diversity of our employees as a strength – both in terms of career, life experience, nationality, religion, and sexuality. This makes us a diverse, international and modern law firm. 


We are fighting to leave concrete marks through our work. 

We are members of the United Nations Global Compact and have, among other things, based NJORDs ethical guidelines on their ten principles, which are embodied in the UNs 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The ten principles include social accountability based on internationally agreed conventions on labour and human rights, the environment, and anti-corruption. In addition, we are a member of the Danish Bar and Law Society and have joined the Association of Danish Law Firms advokatKODEKS (lawyers code). 

We fight for those whose voices are not heard. 

With the law behind us, we take on responsibility by fighting also for those whose voice is not being heard. We do this, for instance, in cases regarding digital violations. We supported the establishment of the association Digitalt Ansvar (Digital Responsibility) (DIGA), which we largely assist with pro bono work. The massive total effort by several parties against digital violations has created an increased awareness of the problem in society. We see a tendency towards a change in digital behaviour, increased maximum penalties for digital sexual violations, and an increased focus from the police on digital violations. 

NJORD Law Firm, represented by Attorney and Partner Miriam Michaelsen, received the Association of Danish Law Firms advokatKODEKS award 2018 for its efforts against digital offences. NJORD received the award for its focused efforts to create fair solutions for its clients and for those whose voice is not being heard. 

We are CO2 conscious 

NJORD Law Firm was on 1 January 2019 certified CO2-neutral, as one of the first law firms in Denmark. 

At NJORD, consideration and accountability are integrated into the small and simple choices of everyday life. We reduce travel activity and CO2 emissions by hosting online face-to-face meetings in digital meeting rooms. In addition, we have a number of office bicycles, which we use for meetings in the local area to minimize short-distance driving. Several departments have been digitized to minimize printing. 

Ulla Fabricius, Attorney at Law, Partner

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. Attorney at law and partner Ulla Fabricius talks about her successful work as a lawyer and predicts the biggest challenge for clients over the next year.

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

As a female lawyer specialized within Shipping- and Transport law, I am proud to have made my way to become a highly trusted and recognized legal adviser for many clients in the industry. I take particular pride in having worked closely together with the industry to obtain the changes in the regulation on driving and rest time, which were so essential for the industry. On a personal level, I am happy having been able to have a family and raise our wonderful children besides having a career.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

I have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of my client’s business and situation for which reason I have a very good background for reaching the best possible solution to legal issues presented to me by clients.

I have drafted the Danish legal commentary to the CMR Convention, which gives me a very solid basis for advising on CMR matters including logistics and project cargo.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Do not worry so much – you will be able to become a trusted adviser within your field.

Can you give me a practical example of how you helped a client add value to the business?

I have advised a client on how to negotiate a balanced logistics contract which resulted in the client winning the contract because they could see possibilities where most of their competitors saw obstacles.

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

Competition is still fierce. The upcoming new EU regulation on, amongst others, Cabotage is expected to create new challenges as it is essential for the transport companies to find hauliers and drivers to carry cargo within Europe.

Thomas Rhyl, Attorney at Law, Partner

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. Attorney at law and partner Thomas Ryhl talks about his successful work as a lawyer and predicts the biggest challenge for clients over the next year.

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

To win all the cases I’ve litigated before the Court of Justice of the European Union – whether representing the EU Commission, global corporations, or private individuals – has been a welcome reward for the countless hours spent on specializing and keeping up to date in the dynamic field of EU law. Keeping ahead in a field where the finest lawyers from all of Europe compete requires a constant and dynamic interaction with both clients, scholars, and my own team, and to build such relationships has been very rewarding, in each and every case fought over the years. On a personal level, it has been a great pleasure to see pro bono work being rewarded with the Grand Chamber of the CJEU overturning Danish immigration law in 2016, reversing more than 12 years practice of illegally refusing children of migrant workers to live with their parents: All refusals have now been reversed, and the families reunited.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

Although I have to delegate work to members of my team, I take pride in knowing and understanding every aspect of my clients’ business and situation, keeping in constant close touch. My clients are my friends, and quite a few of them have become personal friends as well. These close relationships constantly provides me with new insights and in-depth knowledge, making me well-prepared to deal with all kinds of legal problems, as a generalist and not just as an extremely focused specialist.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

To have faith in the fact that dedication, solid expertise, and professionalism will win you the best clients in the longer run: Networks aren’t the only key to winning business. And to specialize early on in an area of law where you are not limited to a small jurisdiction like Denmark in your work as a lawyer: Mastering EU competition law, you can help clients all over Europe and the world.

Can you give me a practical example of how you helped a client add value to the business?

By limiting parallel imports of pharmaceuticals. Persuading the CJEU to overturn a judgment of the German Supreme Court and ruling against the EU Commission, I succeeded in reminding courts around Europe of the importance of protecting the rights of trademark owners, allowing original manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices to limit the detrimental re-packaging and re-branding of parallel imported products. The whole industry eagerly welcomed the 2016 judgment.

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

To ensure that the competition authorities, as well as the regulatory bodies of the different Member States, do not become omnipotent, but are constantly reminded to respect the rule of law and the rights and privileges of undertakings. Aiming to please those currently in power, rather than to ensure a correct implementation of EU law, seems to be increasingly important to many enforcers in both the Nordics and around Europe.