Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Construction Department

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What the team is known for Pre-eminent practice offering expertise in a range of construction matters. Advises on projects in a wide variety of sectors, with a particular focus on the infrastructure and energy industries. Assists with litigation and arbitration cases concerning final settlement issues, defective engineering, disruption claims and the termination of contracts. Mostly represents employers and clients such as municipalities, state-owned entities, energy companies and transport operators.

Strengths Clients describe the lawyers as "skilled project leaders for large and complex disputes. They handle the preparations very effectively, and in hearings they are outstanding; always well prepared and calm. They are able to focus on the core issues at hand and make technical issues understandable for the court."

Clients also appreciate that the practitioners are "very service-minded, with good communication skills and extremely short response times."

Work highlights Acted for Nortura on a defective engineering dispute.

Notable practitioners

New to the rankings,
Andreas Rostveit
receives notable recognition for his construction practice. He acts for employers on final settlement disputes relating to infrastructure projects.

Arve Martin Bjørnvik
advises on delay and disruption claims as well as defective engineering cases, representing both public entities and private companies. He also assists with the execution of construction projects. Clients benefit from his commercial perspective: "His long experience and practical approach has saved us a lot of trouble. In addition to his extensive legal knowledge, he is street smart in the construction industry."

Johnny Johansen
acts for clients on a whole host of construction disputes, particularly within energy and infrastructure projects. He is "widely recognised as one of Norway's best construction lawyers," according to interviewees. Another source describes him as "charismatic, knowledgeable and among the best in class for construction law."

Mikal Brøndmo
represents clients in significant construction disputes and development projects, especially within the energy sector. Clients say: "He is thorough, well prepared and very convincing in court."

Olav Bergsaker
is a respected practitioner handling contentious and non-contentious construction mandates for a range of clients, including employers and subcontractors. One client says that he is "highly skilled with deep industry knowledge," adding: "He is pragmatic and solution-oriented."