Employment in Norway

Arntzen de Besche

Arntzen de Besche‘s ‘highly competent and responsive‘ team advises on all employment law matters, with particular expertise in pensions, whistleblowing claims, and compliance and privacy issues, and mandates in the aviation, media, and oil and gas sectors. Practice head Frode Martin Toftevåg is a highly experienced litigator and an expert in collective labour law and transfers of undertakings. The group also includes Håvard Sandnes, who is sought after for pension advice; and Knut-Marius Sture, who is a specialist in employment and union negotiations with a focus on restructurings and downsizings. Other skilled practitioners are Agathe Løwenborg, who has sector-specific knowledge in aviation and oil and gas industries; Mira Tengesdal Torstenbø, who heads up the Stavanger office and advises on both individual and collective employment law; and Sven Bjørk, who was recently promoted to partner.

Responsables de la pratique:

Frode Martin Toftevåg

Autres avocats clés:

Håvard Sandnes; Knut-Marius Sture; Agathe Løwenborg; Mira Tengesdal Torstenbø; Sven Bjørk

Les références

‘Highly competent and responsive people.’

‘Having had the privilege of working with Arntzen de Besche, I can confidently say that they are truly exceptional in every aspect, and they have given our team tremendous support and crucial advice in sensitive and business critical matters. What sets them apart from their competitors is their unwavering commitment to excellence and their knowledgeable approach to handling labour and employment matters.’

‘Excellent service provided. Really good communication flow and engagement from their side. Our company was followed up with in a proper and professional manner.’

Principaux clients

Equinor ASA


Viaplay Group

Vard Group AS

DNB Bank

Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF)

Orkla ASA

Sparebanken Vest

Aviator Airport Alliance AS

Warner Bros. Discovery


Ruter AS


Norsk Luftambulanse (Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation)

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Equinor ASA in a claim brought by its former head of legal regarding an alleged invalid termination.
  • Successfully represented Aviator Airport Alliance AS as counsel in three parallel Court of Appeal cases involving claims for compensation forwarded by 69 members of the unions Fellesforbundet and Handel & Kontor for alleged breaches of the transfer of undertaking protection.
  • Assisted Eviny with a major reorganisation concerning approximately 200 positions in all the legal entities in the group.


BAHR fields a broad and competent employer-focused practice, and provides an ‘outstanding professional standard‘ on pensions issues and matters relating to the financial sector. The practice is headed up by the ‘exceptionalTarjei Thorkildsen, who is sought after for his expertise on pensions and cross-border employment issues, regularly acting for international blue-chip companies; while deputy head Tor Olav Carlsen, who was recently promoted to partner, acts for a diverse group of employers and senior executives. The team also includes Margrethe Meder, who has particular experience in issues relating to hiring, working time, redundancies and lay-offs; Peter Hammerich, who is a pensions expert; and Børre Sofus Arnet, who works closely with private equity clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tarjei Thorkildsen; Tor Olav Carlsen

Autres avocats clés:

Margrethe Meder; Peter Hammerich; Børre Sofus Arnet

Les références

‘Outstanding professional standard, honest when cases are difficult, and clear if they think the case cannot be won, and always creative when it comes to finding new, surprising solutions.’

‘BAHR definitely has the most competent employment team in Norway. The team also collaborates with other teams in BAHR if needed. The employment team has excellent knowledge both regarding individual and collective employment law.’

‘The very best in their legal field in Norway.’

Principaux clients

The Employer’s Association Spekter

Aker Group

Norwegian Air

Sval Energi

CHC Helikopterservice


Aker BP

Color Line

IKEA Norge

Principaux dossiers

  • Providing litigation services and legal advice to Spekter, one of Norway’s leading employers’ confederations.
  • Assisting Aker Group companies with matters relating to both internal and external reorganisations, as well as wider employment issues.
  • Acting for major airline Norwegian on the employment aspects of significant changes to its corporate business model and restructuring exercises, including advising on collective bargaining negotiations and industrial disputes, as well as broader employment law matters.

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS has expertise in all areas of employment law encompassing pensions matters, restructurings, data protection work and collective employment law; the ‘highly competent‘ team is also skilled in litigation and dispute resolution. Practice head Gaute Krokann is an experienced lead on investigations, whistleblowing cases and restructurings, while Lars Kokkvold specialises in business-critical matters, and is often involved in cross-border employment issues such as transfers of undertakings, investigations and reorganisations. Other notable practitioners are Pål Kvernaas, who is renowned for both his strategic advisory work and dispute resolution expertise; and Sten Foyn, who specialises in redundancies, whistleblowing claims and restructurings. Kari Sigurdsen is also recommended for her litigation and investigations skills, specifically in determination of employment, resignation, temporary employment and whistleblowing issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gaute Krokann

Autres avocats clés:

Lars Kokkvold; Pål Kvernaas; Sten Foyn; Kari Sigurdsen

Les références

‘The employment law team in Haavind continues to be a very strong legal team. We have had close collaboration with them for many years, and have been and continue to be very happy with their assistance. Haavind have always given strong, well funded and effective support, and are very service minded and available.’

‘The employees understand our business and give advice accordingly. They are available whenever we need to discuss an issue at hand.’

‘This team has a very high professional level and is very easy to work with.’

Principaux clients

Lyreco Norge AS

The Norwegian Armed Forces

The Norwegian Police/The National Police Directorate



The Norwegian Safety Investigation Authority



Hurtigruten Group

Telenor Group

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Posten Norge

ISS Facility Service


Helse Sør-Øst

DN Media Group

The Norwegian Consumer Council

Utdanningsdirektoratet/The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training

Warner Music Norway

Avarn Security Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Lodged two complaints with the ESA on behalf of two large staffing companies against the new hiring regulations in the Norwegian Working Environment Act, due to possible breach of EU Directive 2008/104 and Norway’s EU/EEA service freedom obligations. Following the complaint, ESA has opened a case towards Norway for possible breach on the EEA agreement.
  • Investigated and assessed the internal handling of a whistleblowing incident within the Norwegian Police.
  • Assisted Hurtigruten with significant restructuring measures.

Advokatfirmaet Hjort

Advokatfirmaet Hjort is singled out as ‘a quality firm‘, representing clients from a broad range of sectors on pensions issues, collective agreements, reorganisations and whistleblowing claims, among others. Practice head Jens Kristian Johansen is an experienced litigator and generally assists with commercial matters with a focus on collective and individual employment law. The group also includes Anne Marie Due, who is a pension law specialist and an expert in investigations relating to whistleblowing cases; fellow litigator Einar Engh, and tariff expert Christopher Hansteen, who is highly experienced in employment investigations. Alex Borch, who represents both employers and employees in severance negotiations and dispute resolution, and personal data law and GDPR expert Claude Lenth are also key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jens Kristian Johansen

Autres avocats clés:

Anne Marie Due; Einar Engh; Christopher Hansteen; Alex Borch; Claude Lenth

Les références

‘Hjort is a quality firm.’

‘Hjort’s lawyers have great knowledge about all relevant industries and are great advisers when new regulations are coming up.’

‘A team of great competence.’

Principaux clients

Tromsøysund sokn

Forbundet for ledelse og teknikk

Tietoevry Norway AS

Sweco Norge

Industri Energi

Menon Economics

Den Norske Kirke (The Norwegian Church)

Link Mobility Group

Hallgruppen AS

Protector Forsikring ASA

KA Kirkelig arbeidsgiverorganisasjon (Christian Workers Organisation)

PRA Group Europe

YS Stat

Noble Drilling A/S

Vektor Consulting AS

Capus AS

Rana Gruber ASA

Zenitel Norway AS

Hempel A/S

Odfjell Technology AS

Odfjell Drilling AS

Force Technology AS


Avinor AS

Norske Skog ASA

Norsk Sykepleierforbund


Entur AS

International Property Investments AS


Coor Service Management

Nationaltheatret AS


Knowit AS

House of Control AS

Implenia Norge AS


Blå Kors Norge


Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Tromsøysund parish in a principal pension case before the Norwegian Supreme Court, which will set precedent in terms of pension schemes.
  • Assisted Industri Energi in a complex employment case concerning wage claims from around 675 employees against about 80 offshore companies.
  • Assisted Tietoevry with the completion of 5 major downsizing matters, that impacted over 600 employees.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS fields a broad employment practice with particular strength in litigation, investigations and large transfers of business transactions, particularly in the oil and energy sectors. The ‘very skilled’ team possesses in-depth knowledge of compensation and benefits issues, pensions, strikes and collective agreements. Practice head Stein Kimsås-Otterbech is an experienced litigator and is renowned for his advice involving changes in senior management and transfers of undertakings. The group also includes Tron Dalheim, who is a skillful litigator in the oil, energy and aviation sectors; Håkon Berge, an expert in dispute resolution and litigation; and Anders Sundsdal, who focuses on litigation, redundancy processes and transactions. Trine Vabø is also recommended for her ‘excellent legal opinions’ in all areas of employment law, especially within the energy and renewables sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stein Kimsås-Otterbech

Autres avocats clés:

Tron Dalheim; Håkon Berge; Anders Sundsdal; Trine Vabø

Les références

‘Thommessen’s employment law team consists of professional lawyers who are very structured, efficient and good at client handling.’

‘The practitioners we have used in Thommessen are very competent and knowledgeable. They meet us clients with a business oriented mind, and go straight to the point of what we’re requesting. They’re available on short notice and also for short calls, clarifications and questions.’

‘Extremely responsive and honest. Best one-stop shop we’ve used.’

Principaux clients

Total Energies EP Norge AS

Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)



Wintershall DEA Norge AS

Gard AS

Equinor ASA

Microsoft Norge AS

B2Holding ASA


Kongsberg Gruppen ASA

NorgesGruppen ASA

Bama Gruppen AS

Yara International ASA

Roche Norge AS

University of Bergen

Vestland county authorities

FH Gruppen AS

Höegh Autoliners Management AS

CGG Services

CapMan Infra and CBRE Caledon

DOF Subsea

Etac AB/Etac AS

Frydenbø AS

Framo AS

Oceaneering AS


Autostore AS





Klarna AB

MDE Group AS / MDE Personnel AS

Agilent Technologies

Boost Ai

Zalando SE


Dignita Systems Norge AS

Phillip Morris Norge AS


Melberg Partners AS



CTEK Norway AS

Seaway 7



Union Residental Holding (Bonova)

Hunter Group ASA

Danske Bank – Solo

Bruun Hjejle


Fitjar Kommune

Fakta AS

Redy Norge





Nordic Semiconductor



Brevik Engineering AS

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd.

Field Group AS

TheOFE.com – Ocean Freight Exchange

HCL Technologies

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Oslo Stock Exchange-listed renewable player Scatec ASA with a complex redundancy process involving more than 30 roles being removed without any claims brought before the courts.
  • Representing Nordea in ongoing lawsuits regarding potential misconduct by employees.


The employment team at Wiersholm is sought after for advice on complex employment matters such as extensive reorganisations and workforce reductions, whistleblowing cases and litigation; the team is also competent in negotiating and settling individual employment disputes at management level. ‘Very knowledgeable’ practice head Christel Søreide is an experienced litigator, with expertise in complex personnel and whistleblowing cases, staff reductions, independent contractor agreements and discrimination issues, while fellow litigator Jan Fougner is also an expert in conflict and crisis management. The group also includes Eli Aasheim, who assists Norwegian and international enterprises with employment related issues; and Ellen Røyneberg, who specialises in borderline issues between employment and privacy law. Julie Piil Lorentzen and Helena Karoline Lie Norum are also key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christel Søreide

Autres avocats clés:

Jan Fougner; Eli Aasheim; Ellen Røyneberg; Julie Piil Lorentzen; Helena Karoline Lie Norum

Les références

‘The team is always prepared and it feels like they are always prepared in advance when it comes to assessing the next steps. ’

‘Wiersholm’s employment law department is able to give us advice on everything that can be thought of in employment law, and related legal areas in Norway. If our need extends beyond the country’s borders, Wiersholm has cooperating lawyers in most jurisdictions that are relevant for us.’

‘Our advisers in Wiersholm are available at all times and respond quickly and comprehensively to all inquiries. The advice we receive is always very well reasoned.’

Principaux clients

Norges Bank Investment Management

Orkla ASA

Vipps Mobilepay AS

Statkraft AS

Equinor ASA


Nasdaq Oslo ASA


Aller Media AS

Felleskjøpet Agri SA

CHC Helikopter Service AS

Aneo AS

Bane Nor SF

Volue ASA

Formue AS

Anora AS


Fellesordningen for AFP

Okea ASA

Finans Norge

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully represented Norges Bank Investment Management in an extensive case in Oslo District Court. This is the first lawsuit in Norway where an employee alleged that its employer has breached the equal gender pay rules in the Equality and Discrimination Act.
  • Assisted the Swedish bank NOBA Bank Group AB with the relevant employment-related issues in connection with the bank’s cross-border merger with Bank Norwegian ASA.
  • Assisting Vipps with the employment elements of its complex cross-country merger with MobilePay A/S.

CMS Kluge

CMS Kluge has a broad and ‘highly competent‘ employment practice, which advises across a range of industries, including the oil and gas, shipping, technology, and construction sectors. The team regularly advises on matters relating to litigation, compliance issues, transactional work and whistleblowing matters. Practice head Anders Stenbrenden is a trusted litigator and whistleblowing specialist. The team also includes Marco Lilli, an experienced labour law litigator and consultant; and Johan Krabbe-Knudsen, who is sought after for his expertise in company restructurings and cross-border employee transfers. Nils Kristian Lie, who represents employers in both regulatory and contentious matters, and Nina Sandnes, who advises on terminations and downsizings, are also key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anders Stenbrenden

Autres avocats clés:

Marco Lilli; Johan Krabbe-Knudsen; Nils Kristian Lie; Nina Sandnes

Les références

‘Highly competent and trustworthy.’

‘Availability and short response times. Directly to the point of problem solutions.’

‘Nina Sandnes is outspoken and goes directly to the main points.’

Principaux clients

Electrolux Home Products Norway

Grieg Group


The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration

Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)

Skeie Group

Norsk Medisinaldepo

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented NRK in a lawsuit served by a NRK Sport TV presenter.
  • Advised Grieg Group on all of its employment-related issues.
  • Represented Rederiet Stenersen in a lawsuit brought by an employee.

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt has a full-service employment practice covering the complete range of employment, benefits and pension matters. The team possesses strong knowledge pf the energy, biotech, IT and transportation sectors, with particular expertise advising on large and complex HR processes. Practice head Iselin Nybø, who joined the team in February 2023, has special knowledge of labour legislation. The ‘highly knowledgeable‘ team also includes Martin Jetlund, who has particular experience with transfer of undertaking issues; Magnus Lütken, who specialises in restructurings and workforce reductions; and Ingrid Cathrine Nielsen, who joined the team in May 2023, adding experience in executive contracts and executive incentive schemes. Other notable practitioners include pension practitioner Marie Hagberg and Andrea Rakvaag, who focuses on day-to-day advice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Iselin Nybø

Autres avocats clés:

Martin Jetlund; Magnus Lütken; Ingrid Cathrine Nielsen; Marie Hagberg; Andrea Rakvaag

Les références

‘Highly knowledgeable team. Good knowledge of trends and what is moving on the legislative side.’

‘The employment and pension team at Schjødt is very strong when it comes to capabilities and communication. The team is efficient and also makes a great effort in understanding the specific business areas the client belongs to.’

‘Great to work with, clear advice and support, speedy turnaround, careful advice, strong team.’

Principaux clients




Transocean Offshore Ltd.

Cermaq ASA

Wilhelmsen Ship Management

Polaris Media

Locus Solutions



ExxonMobil/Esso Norge




DeepOcean Group


Principaux dossiers

  • Advising SAS on employee relations and employment issues as part of the ongoing restructuring process.
  • Advised Mestergruppen with a large reorganisation and workforce reduction.
  • Defending a large international IT company in a collective legal action concerning legality of the hiring-in of employees.


The ‘highly skilled and service-minded‘ employment practice at Selmer advises on issues relating to pensions, investigations and whistleblowing claims across a wide range of sectors, including the IT, oil and gas, hydropower and construction industries. The practice is co-headed by Hans Jørgen Bender, who is a specialist in non-compete and non-solicit issues and whistleblowing matters, and Fredrik Punsvik, who advises clients on termination processes, workplace disputes and employment issues relating to M&A. The group also includes pension specialist André Istad Johansen, and Are Fagerhaug, who is an expert in transfer of undertakings and downsizings. Anja Lange, who is an expert in matters at the nexus of data compliance and employment, and whistleblowing specialist Eldrid Huseby Gammelsrud are also key contacts. Ragnhild Nakling and Siri Falch-Olsen both joined the practice in early 2024 from Ræder Bing.

Responsables de la pratique:

Hans Jørgen Bender; Fredrik Punsvik

Autres avocats clés:

André Istad Johansen; Are Fagerhaug; Anja Lange; Eldrid Huseby Gammelsrud; Ragnhild Nakling; Siri Falck-Olsen

Les références

‘I have worked with Selmer for years and the team is highly skilled and service minded. They have experience and knowledge on both employment matters and other areas that might have an impact on us as a company.’

‘Top legal skills, strategic and clever.’

‘In summary, what makes this law firm unique is its exceptional client service, expertise in employment law, global reach, consistent main contact person and personal approaches.’

Principaux clients

Addtech Group

Agder Energi (now Å Energi)



Colosseum Dental Group

Deas Asset Management (formerly Aberdeen Standard Investments)

Delta Electronics Norway


Gjensidige Forsikring

Link Mobility Group

Magseis Fairfield



Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)


Saint-Gobain Group

Scandi Standard

Sparebank 1 SR-bank

Technip FMC

Wella Norway

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Agder Energi in connection with the comprehensive merger process with Glitre Energi.
  • Advised Canon on litigation before the courts involving claims from an employee of unfair dismissal.
  • Advised Optimera on a case involving claims from a previous employee regarding non-competition obligations in the applicable shareholder’s agreement.

Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig

The employment team at Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig advises on the full spectrum of employment-related issues, and has particular expertise in the telecoms, technology, oil and gas, and shipping sectors. Group head Lill Egeland is praised as ‘a star‘ and works extensively with global companies in Norway, and also serves as legal adviser for HR departments. The practice also includes Thomas Talén, who leads the transactional employment service team; and Nicolay Skarning, who is a new addition to the team and adds expertise in dismissals, whistleblowing claims and collective wage agreements. Trine Lise Fromreide, who advises both public and private clients on framework agreements and project work, is also a recommended practitioner.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lill Egeland

Autres avocats clés:

Thomas Talén; Nicolay Skarning; Trine Lise Fromreide

Les références

‘A completely unique ability to communicate and analyse when meeting with us as customers, in the courtroom and when meeting with the media. Good interpersonal skills, which made the process safe and educational.’

‘The team is very hands-on and time efficient while delivering advice on a very high level.’

‘The team has above average industry knowledge. Availability is also very good.’

Principaux clients


Omnicom Media Group Norway AS

The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries

The Norwegian Nuclear Decommissioning

SMB Norge

PEAB Asfalt Norge AS


Bekk Consulting

NHH – Norwegian School of Economics

Helse Vest


Flight Park AS

Håndverksgruppen AS

The Grieg Group

Vestland County Municipality

Den Nationale Scene (The National Stage, Bergen)

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for SMB Norge in submitting a complaint against Norway’s system of nominating lay judges in employment matters to the European Council.
  • Represented Papillon in a trial regarding the freedom of speech. The main question of the case was the balance between an individual’s right to express their opinions and an employer’s prerogative to uphold loyalty within the organisation.

Wikborg Rein

Wikborg Rein has a ‘highly competent‘ employment team, which advises on all disciplines within employment law in both the public and private sectors; areas of expertise include collective labour law, pensions issues and GDPR-related mandates. Practice head Christian Backe is an experienced litigator who focuses on a wide range of matters relating to employment and pension law. The team also includes Jan L. Backer, who has particular experience with cases regarding the termination of executives; and Kjersti Borgen, who is highly knowledgeable in collective employment law. Other notable practitioners include litigator Fredrik Gisholt, who focuses on downsizings and individual termination cases; Karoline Moen Brunstad, who advises on reorganisations, downsizings and personnel cases; and new addition to the team, Ine Osland.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christian Backe

Autres avocats clés:

Jan L. Backer; Kjersti Borgen; Fredrik Gisholt; Karoline Moen Brunstad; Ine Osland

Les références

‘They are good at identifying current issues and they solve them in an efficient way. The team always gives very good and articulate advice. It is a highly competent team, and all the employees are friendly and polite.’

‘Very good partners with good availability. Short response times and good legal advice.’

‘Christian Backe is a highly valued partner for finding solutions, and for having the constructive and fruitful discussions that are crucial in finding the best solutions.’

Principaux clients

COSL Offshore Management AS

Lerøy Seafood Group ASA and subsidiaries

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs



Transocean Services AS / Transocean Norway Operation AS


Avonova Helse

Solstad Offshore

Norsk Gjenvinning

Principaux dossiers

  • Defended Transocean against a high-profile dismissal claim, brought against the client by a former employee and employee representative.
  • Defended Foundation Christian Radich against a senior employee disputing a dismissal due to sexual harassment.
  • Assisted Solstad Offshore with the sale of 37 PSV vessels and transfer of over 1000 seafarers employed though different Solstad entities around the world.

Deloitte Advokatfirma AS

Deloitte Advokatfirma AS has a broad and ‘very competent‘ employment practice, with particular expertise in international employment work, privacy issues and whistleblowing matters. The practice is co-headed by cross-border remote work expert Gro Forsdal Helvik, who also advises on whistleblowing issues and pensions, and Bjørn Ofstad, who leads the firm’s whistleblowing services and is a privacy law specialist. The group also includes Henriette Cecilie Breilid and Miriam Ward Ådlandsvik, who both advise on a wide range of employment issues with a special focus on individual and collective law, and increasingly handle whistleblowing claims.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gro Forsdal Helvik; Bjørn Ofstad

Autres avocats clés:

Henriette Cecilie Breilid; Miriam Ward Ådlandsvik

Les références

‘The team we work with is always competent to provide any legal advice we might need in relation to our whistleblowing cases. They respond quickly and they are always acting professionally and with a positive attitude. Any time we might need a meeting and the case is urgent, they respond quickly and the case is usually solved within a few days. We are very happy with the current team we work with.’

‘They were open minded, willing to find new angles and arguments for the legal challenges. The capability to formulate everything in writing was very good. Good communication.’

‘Great service in a broad perspective within the area of labour law. Quick responses and support with drafts, pdfs etc.’

Principaux clients

Technip FMC

Element Logic AS

Megaflis AS

Kristiania University College


Møller Mobility Group

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, S.A.

Hurtigruten Global Services AS

The University of Oslo

Mercell Norge AS

Dark vision Technologies Inc

Daedalus BV


Elkem ASA

Max Bögel



Mester Grønn AS

Principaux dossiers

  • Providing global employment law services for several hundred global employees every year for TechnipFMC, including providing the client with technological solutions that enable it to draft complex international employment contracts with several jurisdictions.
  • Advised Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and subcontractors on working hours and schedules, remuneration requirements and HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) issues related to offshore and onshore activities specifically related to the Hywind Tampen project, owned by Equinor.
  • Advised Mercell on the restructuring of its organisation in the Baltics, GDPR transformation program, including assisting the HR department with the processing of HR data.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises on a wide range of employment related matters, with particular expertise in reorganisations, discrimination law and collective employment issues. Practice head Per Benonisen is highly experienced in both individual and collective employment law, and has in-depth knowledge of complex reorganisations and redundancies. The team also includes Rajvinder Singh Bains, who advises on all employment-related issues including investigations and whistleblowing claims; and Kaja Kaarby, who assists clients with both collective and individual employment law issues, and also provides day-to-day advice on a wide range of employment matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Per Benonisen

Autres avocats clés:

Rajvinder Singh Bains; Kaja Kaarby

Principaux clients

Møller Mobility Group

Geelmuyden Kiese

Compass Group

Dentsu Norge

Sony Music Entertainment Norway


Heidelberg Materials


NoA Ignite

Intrum AB

HCL Technologies Norway

Henkel Norden

Softwareone AG

Chitra Nordic (Chitra House)


Sharp Business Systems Norge/Sharp NEC Display Solutions

Schage Eiendom AS

Next Pharma / Asker Contract Manufacturing AS


Grieg Investor AS

Amazon & Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Takeda AS

Principaux dossiers

  • Provided Møller Mobility Group with strategic and operational advice related to a reorganisation and transfer of business exercise in Norway.
  • Advising Intrum AB on important employment law related matters in Norway as the adviser to the management group in various reorganisations.
  • Advising Sharp Business Systems Norge /Sharp NEC Display Solutions on various contentious employment law matters for its business in the Nordic countries.

Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS

Advokatfirmaet Føyen AS fields a broad employment practice that is ‘well coordinated, cross disciplinary, and highly efficient’, with particular expertise in the public, IT and culture and heritage sectors. The practice is led by Marianne Klausen, who frequently advises on reorganisations and workforce reductions. Ole André Oftebro is a recent hire from CMS Kluge and a ‘great strategist‘ with extensive experience in all kinds of employment-related issues. The group also includes litigator Lars Skotvedt and Preben Haugmoen Mo, who has extensive experience in restructuring and downsizing mandates. Ragnhild Louisa Loen Rafto is also a key contact.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marianne Klausen

Autres avocats clés:

Ole André Oftebro; Lars Skotvedt; Preben Haugmoen Mo; Ragnhild Louisa Loen Rafto

Les références

‘The team is very well coordinated, cross-disciplinary, and highly efficient.’

‘Føyen has a holistic view of the law, relations, dilemmas. It has the ability to understand the business and what we need. Extremely flexible and good support. Collaboration is based on good and open communication. Everything runs smoothly.’

‘The individuals in the team gave us more than we expected. They sent emails and made phone calls to assure that we were confident at any point in the process. They have also made contact after the work was finished to follow up with us in the time afterwards.’

Principaux clients

The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet

The National Museum

Gresvig AS/Intersport Norway Drift AS

Kernel AS

Statens Vegvesen, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Accenture AS

Inspirit365 AS

Bouvet ASA

Ignite Procurement AS

Snøhetta Group

REEL International SA

Hero Norge AS

Municipalities of Fredrikstad and Hvaler


Oslo Stock Exchange

Sitecom AS

Electrolux Home Products Norway AS

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising REEL International on all of the company’s employment matters following its purchase of part of GE Power Norway AS, including employee departures, working time regulations, pensions, benefits, and a number of other HR issues.
  • Advising the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet on all employment-related issues, from complex personnel issues such as negotiating settlement agreements for people in leading roles at the Opera to assisting with a reorganisation, as well as providing advice on day-to-day HR issues, including furlough-related questions and obtaining permission for foreign artists to enter Norway to perform.
  • Advising the Norwegian National Museum of Art on all employment-related issues, from complex personnel issues such as settlement agreements and a major restructuring, to whistleblowing, discrimination and day-to-day HR issues, including the recruitment of the new museum director.

Littler advokatfirma AS

Littler advokatfirma AS is a boutique employment firm, which provides ‘excellent legal advice‘ on a broad range of issues. Practice head Ole Kristian Olsby often advises on international employment law and cross-border matters, and has significant experience in negotiations, reorganisations and mergers. The team also includes experienced litigator Tore Lerheim, who frequently represents employers, employees and trade unions in the public and private sector, and Merete Furesund, who focuses on pension law. Other notable practitioners include Trond Erik Kvalsnes, who focuses on individual and collective employment law and GDPR mandates; and Mari Vindedal, who has particular experience in court proceedings. As of May 2023, Runar Homble and Trond Erik Solheim left the firm to set up Homble Solheim advokatfirma AS.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ole Kristian Olsby

Autres avocats clés:

Tore Lerheim; Merete Furesund; Trond Erik Kvalsnes; Mari Vindedal

Les références

‘A specialised law firm that focuses on problem solving versus conflict. Gives good advice and is proactive to help the customer avoid getting into difficult situations.’

‘Highly competent team with a good overview of regulations and current practice.’

‘Littler is a niche company within employment law, providing legal assistance in all matters related to employment and labour law. The company also involves experts from other disciplines if the case so requires (without using more resources than necessary). Littler is very good at finding the right lawyers for the tasks at hand, not using overqualified partners for simpler tasks, and assigning very experienced lawyers for very challenging tasks.’

Principaux clients


Askim og Spydeberg Sparebank

Bilia Norge AS

Cowi and Arkitema

Diakonissehuset Lovisenberg

Elkjøp Norge AS

Fjellinjen AS

GK Norge

Globalization Partners, Ltd

Helgeland Kraft AS


Lily Hospitality Group AS

Linea AS

Lovisenberg Omsorg AS

Norwegian Air Traffic Controllers Association

Olivenlunden AS (Maison Brémond 1830)

OM Digital Solutions

Orona Norway AS

Saipem Drilling Norway AS

The Municipality of Søndre Land

The Norwegian Center for Child Behavioural Development (NUBU)

The Norwegian Trade Union for Nurses

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted and represented Helgeland Kraft in a conflict matter between the line management and a main union representative.
  • Advising Saipem on different legal matters and acts as legal counsel for Saipem Drilling Norway.
  • Assisted Elkjøp Norge AS with a major downsizing process.

Homble Solheim advokatfirma AS

Homble Solheim advokatfirma AS is a newly established boutique firm that has ‘unique knowledge and experience’ in employment law, advising employers and employees on pensions, dispute resolution and corporate governance matters. The firm was established in 2023 by practice head Runar Homble, who advises on the entire range of employment-related matters; Trond Erik Solheim, whose practice focuses on employment and pension work, contracts and litigation; and Anders Reiremo. All three practitioners were previously at Littler advokatfirma AS.

Responsables de la pratique:

Runar Homble

Autres avocats clés:

Trond Erik Solheim; Anders Reiremo

Les références

‘The team has unique knowledge and experience in employment law and corporate governance.’

‘Homble Solheim gives legal advice of excellent quality in all aspects of labour law in a swift and professional way. The team also helps you with answers to questions without you as a client having to ask. Very efficient structure in the organisation with high capacity. More flexible than the bigger firms, and more efficient.’

‘The practice has unique experience that makes them very valuable.’

Principaux clients

Askim og Spydeberg Sparebank

Elkjøp Group (Elkjøp Nordic AS and subsidiaries)

Politiets Fellesforbund (the Norwegian Police Union)

The Vit AS

WJ Business Partner AS

Baatsfjord municipality

The Norwegian Trekking Society (DNT)

The Norwegian Sea Rescue Society (NSRS)

Oslo Taxi group

NEP Group / NEP Norway AS


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Elkjøp Nordic and subsidiaries on a broad range of employment and pension law matters as well as other HR related topics.
  • Served as counsel for the Police Union in complex multi-party negotiations concerning the reform of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund and other public service pension funds.
  • Assisted Baatsfjord municipality with outsourcing the operations of a housing and care centre.

Kvale Advokatfirma DA

The employment team as Kvale Advokatfirma DA is ‘very strong‘ and advises on a wide range of employment-related issues, including investigations, HR mandates and downsizings. Team head Jan-Erik Sverre is an expert in employment law, discrimination claims and civil procedure. The group also includes Monica Gjerde Sperre, who is especially sought after for her expertise in seafarer-related employment matters; and Mari Verling, who advises on both collective and individual employment law. Other recommended practitioners include Pernille Brusdal and Anette Plassen.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jan-Erik Sverre

Autres avocats clés:

Monica Gjerde Sperre; Mari Verling; Pernille Brusdal; Anette Plassen

Les références

‘Excellent teamwork and seamless collaboration. Kvale is our privacy expert. Whether it’s whistleblowing or GDPR website cookie-compliance, they deliver the right experts. We feel 100% safe and secure in our collaboration, which enables us to focus on our own core business. Kvale is approachable, flexible, agile – and fast, adapting to our fast paced world, turning business opportunities into remarkable results.’

‘Their recommendations always have a good and solid combination of legal evaluation and practical approach, based on their broad experience and good insight in the best practice.’

‘Competent and service-minded firm.’

Principaux clients

The National Federation of House Owners in Norway/Huseiernes Landsforbund (Huseierne)

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health

The Norwegian Health Network

Vestfold and Telemark County Municipality

The Railway Directorate

Eidsiva Group

Lerøy Havfisk

MMC First Process


Ervik & Sævik Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the Norwegian Institute of Public Health on an extensive and complex reorganisation and downsizing process.
  • Advised Eidsiva Group on a number of employment-related matters, including, among others, international postings of employees, agreements for the hiring of workers, reorganisations, collective matters and pension issues.
  • Advised MMC First Process both nationally and internationally on, among other matters, dismissals, negotiations with unions, reorganisations and downsizings.

Ræder Bing

Ræder Bing provides ‘great expertise‘ on all aspects of employment law. Notable practitioners are Julie Dahl Sagmo, who particularly leads on employment law and GDPR projects; and Annette Reinsberg Vernan and Nina Wilborn, who both advise on a wide range of employment matters. Former practice co-heads Siri Falch-Olsen and Ragnhild Nakling departed to Selmer in early 2024.

Autres avocats clés:

Julie Dahl Sagmo; Annette Reinsberg Vernan; Nina Wilborn

Les références

‘Strong legal expertise, good understanding of the clients’ needs, efficient and effective in their work.’

‘Highly professional and provides great expertise.’

‘They are very professional, friendly, understanding and supportive. A trusted adviser in difficult situations.’

Principaux clients

Frontline Management AS

BankID BankAxept AS

Ryde Technology AS

WorkMan AS

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority with a legal assessment of questions related to the Norwegian certification scheme for work equipment.
  • Represented Frontline Management with a high-profile dismissal case in both the Oslo District Court and the Court of Appeal. The case also involved questions relating to breaches of data protection rules/GDPR, which had not previously been handled before by Norwegian courts.


SANDS has a ‘very competent‘ employment practice with particular expertise in corporate change projects, such as restructurings and redundancies, as well as disputes and investigations. The practice is co-headed by Maria Elena Kvalen, who is a maritime sector expert who advises on a broad range of employment related issues; and employment specialist Henning Heitmann, who has ‘profound knowledge and expertise‘ in his field. The group also includes Eirik Edvardsen, who is experienced in employment disputes, restructurings and downsizing processes; and labour law expert Espen Johannessen. Malin Stenseth is also a recommended practitioner.

Responsables de la pratique:

Maria Elena Kvalen; Henning Heitmann

Autres avocats clés:

Eirik Edvardsen; Espen Johannessen; Malin Stenseth

Les références

‘SANDS shows a genuine interest in the person and the case. They are professional and give thought-through advice with the client in focus. The company is quick to respond to any questions and always has time for you as the client.’

‘Direct, solid and time effective counseling.’

‘Great specialist knowledge, quickly gets to grips with the challenges of the customers even if the cases are complex. Has a great range in the expertise they offer.’

Principaux clients


AF Gruppen


Solstad Offshore

Asplan Viak

Sport Outlet


Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully representing Stendi in an extensive employment law dispute.

Brækhus Advokatfirma DA

The employment team at Brækhus Advokatfirma DA assists with a wide range of employment-related matters and is ‘excellent in litigation and disputes‘. Practice head Kristine Slotnæs advises both employers and employees on mandates spanning personnel issues, restructurings, downsizings and disputes. The group also includes Torbjørn Stokke, who has extensive knowledge of the legal areas relating to cross-border mobility for companies and individuals, and Ida Brabrand, who assists with whistleblowing matters and cases involving media law.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kristine Slotnæs

Autres avocats clés:

Torbjørn Stokke; Ida Brabrand

Les références

‘A very nice, friendly, cooperative and resolutive team. They are always willing to help and support you in your cases, propose alternative ideas and solutions, and be honest and clear about your situation.’

‘Professional and highly competent lawyers, covering employment law and the company law required. They are excellent in litigation and disputes.’

‘Kristine Slotnæs is our reference lawyer in employment matters and is highly recommended. She always conducts deep assessments and proper research for the cases. She focuses on the topics and provides a broad overview of the possible options and solutions, while being open and honest about the company’s situation.’

Principaux clients

Capgemini Norge AS

Yamaha Motors Europe

Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS

German Norwegian Chamber of Commerce

Flytoget AS

Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS

The team at Bull & Co Advokatfirma AS combines a ‘strong‘ employment practice with sector-specialist expertise in the technology, life sciences and healthcare industries. The practice is led by Anette Mellbye, who advises on both domestic and cross-border employment law issues. The team also includes Kåre Bjørlo, who frequently advises on downsizings, restructurings and pensions; and Jørgen Burdal, who is praised as an ‘extremely flexible and very helpful‘ practitioner and is a specialist in individual employment protection matters. Kjersti Borgen joined the group from Wikborg Rein in August 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anette Mellbye

Autres avocats clés:

Kåre Bjørlo; Jørgen Burdal; Kjersti Borgen

Les références

‘They are a strong team with a focus on the client’s needs. They have excellent communication skills and give clear advice. We are dealing with some difficult cases and they guide us through it with focus and engagement.’

‘They dare to give clear advice.’

‘At Bull, the lawyers are always open for questions and discussions. Any advice given is very well reasoned, backed up and where necessary explained to the layperson. The lawyers we have dealt with are especially skilled in their field, which is easily noticeable when discussing legal matters with them, as they are familiar with all the recent developments in their field as well as precedent from the past.’

Principaux clients

Amesto Group


EverZink Norway


Kappa Bioscience

N3Zones Group



Posten Norge/Bring



SGS Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising PUMA on data protection, business restructuring and individual employment matters.
  • Providing strategic and legal counsel to Webstep on the full range of employment law issues it encounters in the course of its daily business.
  • Providing strategic and legal counsel to EverZinc following several reorganisation processes.

Advokatfirmaet Helmr AS

Advokatfirmaet Helmr AS is a boutique employment firm with ‘excellent expertise‘ and specialisms in privacy law, pensions and collective labour law. The practice is headed up by employment specialist Thor-Arne Wullum. The group also includes competent negotiator Kari Bergeius Andersen, and Terje Gerhard Andersen. Benedicte Hille is a ‘superstar‘ and specialises in the oil and car industry, while Mari Kimsås-Otterbech assists clients in both the public and private sectors. Marie S. Halstensen and Helene Larsen Brustad are also key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Thor-Arne Wullum

Autres avocats clés:

Kari Bergeius Andersen; Terje Gerhard Andersen; Benedicte Hille; Mari Kimsås-Otterbech; Marie S. Halstensen; Helene Larsen Brustad

Les références

‘The team has excellent expertise and knowledge of employment and HR, both in the private and public sector. They are easy to get hold of.’

‘They are specialised experts within labour law.’

‘The team is extremely hands on, and will have a good follow up on matters that affect the delivery. They are easy to contact and communicate with in a matter that makes us as clients calm and feel taken care of. The team is, in our opinion, by far one of the most proactive teams we have worked with.’

Principaux clients

Kaffebrenneriet AS

Amesto Accounthouse AS

Brav Norway AS

Swisspearl Norge AS

AS Norske Shell

Bertel O. Steen AS

HR Norge

Unilamp Norden AS

Panasonic Nordic

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the managing director of Swisspearl Norway regarding a transfer of undertaking between Swisspearl and Cembrit AS.
  • Advising Unilamp with regards to terminating/off boarding a leading employee, and subsequently in protecting business secrets through pursuing possible claims against the same leading employee who had exited the company and against his new employer, which was seeking to benefit from his illegal exploitation of trade secrets (claims of loyalty breach) etc.
  • Advising HR and MD in Brav regarding reorganisations and individual negotiations.

Advokatfirmaet PricewaterhouseCoopers AS

Advokatfirmaet PricewaterhouseCoopers AS offers clients support on all aspects of employment law, including handling whistleblowing investigations, restructurings and downsizing matters. Practice head Ingrid Fladberg Brucker has extensive experience across the full range of employment matters. The group also includes Gunnar Holm Ringen, who heads up the investigation and compliance team; and Stian Hasli Hansen, who is experienced in matters relating to employees’ salaries and working conditions. Eli Beck Nilsen, who specialises in employment law relating to M&A and restructurings, and Linn Terese Nyham Engvik, who advises both private and public employers, are also key contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ingrid Fladberg Brucker

Autres avocats clés:

Gunnar Holm Ringen; Stian Hasli Hansen; Eli Beck Nilsen; Linn Terese Nyhamn Engvik

Principaux clients

Norwegian Armed Forces

Kilden Theater and Concert Hall


FSN Capital

The Norwegian Health Directorate (Helsedirektoratet)

Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens vegvesen)

Norske Tog AS (Norwegian Trains)

The Norwegian Ministry of Justice

Principaux dossiers

  • Evaluated the Norwegian Armed Forces’ whistleblowing practices and reporting channels and reviewed whether violations of law and guidelines had been properly addressed.
  • Assisted various companies with restructuring and downsizing processes, including Kilden Theater and Concert Hall, the second largest centre for performing arts in Norway, which had to reduce its staff by 4.5%.
  • Won the bid as the Ministry of Justice’s whistleblower channel.