Chairman of the Board: Anders Myhre
Managing Partner: Anne Marie Due
General Manager: Christopher J Helgeby
Number of partners worldwide: 33
Number of lawyers worldwide: 95
Languages: English, French, German, Scandinavian languages
The firm was originally established in Oslo in 1893. The largest part of the firm’s business consists of advisory services and other legal assistance to companies, organisations and the public sector. In addition, the firm serves a number of private clients.
Terralex, Ius Laboris and INBLF - Advokatfirmaet Hjort is the Norwegian member of Terralex, one of the two largest networks of independent law firms globally, and the Norwegian member of Ius Laboris, a specialised network of leading law firms in employment and labour law. Hjort is also the Norwegian member of INBLF, a network of specialised high quality boutique law firms in the US, Canada, Latin-America, Asia and Europe. Memberships by invitation only.
Main Areas of Practice:
Commercial Property & Real Estate
Corporate & Commercial & M&A
Dispute Resolution & Litigation
Employment & Labour
EU & Competition
Family, Estate & Heritage
Fraud & White Collar Crime
Oil & Gas
Telecom, Media & Technology
Dispute Resolution & Litigation:
Hjort is the most profiled law firm in Norway in respect of litigation and arbitration. 17 of the firm’s attorneys, and 16 out of a total 33 partners, are Supreme Court barristers. The firm settles a large number of business disputes by means of litigation and arbitration, and several of the lawyers are regularly appointed as arbitrators in ad hoc tribunals.
Corporate & M&A:
The firm assists in the formation, conversion, merger, demerger and winding-up of companies of all kinds. The firm also advises on stock exchange and securities law, corporate finance and operations and assists in the drafting of all types of corporate documents and attends the registration of companies.
The firm advises many of Norway’s leading onshore contractors in construction law matters, ranging from day-to-day execution of projects to dispute handling. The firm is best known for their heavy involvement in construction law litigation.
Commercial Property & Real Estate:
Hjort advises both the public and private sector on issues related to commercial property and real estate, and assists some of Norway’s largest companies and landowners with real estate transactions.The firm has wide experience in building, zoning and expropriation law and regularly assists both landowners, central and local authorities in such matters. The firm has experienced an increase in assignments regarding pollution responsibility and its activities in these matters covers both contact with the public authorities and representation in court cases.
European & Competition Law:
Hjort provides advice in relation to competition law, public procurement, state aid and general EU/EEA issues. The firm’s lawyers have varied experience from relevant authorities (e.g. the Norwegian Competition Authority and theEFTA Surveillance Authority), political positions and from working within Norwegian industry, an in-depth knowledge of both the law, the regulatory process and business, which enables the firm to provide accurate and efficient advice. In addition to counselling, Hjort represents its clients before the courts, the Norwegian Competition Authority, the Norwegian Complaints Board for Public Procurement (KOFA), the European Commission and the EFTA Surveillance Authority. Hjort is known for its particular focus on telecoms, media and technology as well as the energy and utilities sectors.
Employment & Labour:
Hjort has one of Norway’s largest employment practices. The firm represents large and small companies as well as individuals in all areas of employment law. Work spans employment contracts, work environment, working time, sick leave and workplace safety issues, pension matters, personal data protection, collective employment law, restructuring and de-manning, transfer of undertaking, terminations and dismissals, as well as follow up of whistle blower matters. Hjort is a member of the international alliance of leading employment firms, lus Laboris.
Fraud & White-Collar Crime:
The firm is giving legal advice to senior officials in major Norwegian companies in several cases that are under investigation by The Norwegian Competition Authority (Konkurransetilsynet) and by The National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (Økokrim).
IP, Communication, Media & Technology:
The firm is working with many of the leading players in electronic communication, media and IT. The firm works both with domestic and international companies and organisations. Several of the lawyers have practical experience from the industry. The firm also offers legal advice on all aspects of intellectual property law, including trademarks, patents, design and copyright.
Hjort offers a full range legal service to the renewable energy sector in all key areas for the energy sector. Many of the firm’s lawyers have experience from various positions in the energy sector. The firm advises energy producers, large energy consumers, power grid owners and system operators, landowners, investors and other stakeholders.
Hjort has a comprehensive tax practice, with partners and associates who are recognised experts and experienced practitioners. The firm provides tax assistance to clients within the business sector and the private sector. Main areas of advice are related to transactions including merger and demerger, transactions support and reorganisation of enterprises. The tax practice covers corporate taxation, taxation of individuals, the special tax regimes related to hydro power plants and petroleum enterprises, property tax and VAT and other indirect taxes. The firm’s lawyers have extensive experience in court and arbitration cases and regularly represent clients in complaints and appeals to the authorities and litigation before the courts.
Oil & Gas:
Hjort advises companies in the oil and gas sector, including oil companies, oil service companies and suppliers. Hjort’s specialists in this area have diverse backgrounds. Several of the lawyers have held executive and non-executive positions in the energy sector, as well as having built a broad litigation track record from the sector. The firm provide legal services in all key areas for companies operating in the petroleum and energy sector.