From time to time, companies and public authorities become involved in disputes whose resolution requires professional assistance. Some disputes are successfully settled out of court, while others require litigation or arbitration.
Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations
We represent clients involved in disputes in the corporate sector, the public sector and the construction sector as well as clients involved in insurance disputes and actions for damages. We regard dispute resolution as a specialist skill, and we constantly handle technically challenging and complex cases in both Norway and abroad. We also advise on all aspects of corporate and regulatory investigations.
Our multidisciplinary litigation group consists of experienced lawyers who regularly lead cases to the District Courts, Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court in all areas of business law. In addition, we have broad experience in arbitrations, both nationally and internationally.
Use of resources must naturally be adapted to case size and importance. Depending on what the case is, we put together teams that ensure all issues raised by the case are reviewed by competent lawyers.
In a dispute, we make an early assessment of the risks- the chances of winning, the risks of losing and the consequences of both. We consider both the legal and commercial aspects of the case. We construct a strategy for a successful outcome, whether through negotiations, legal proceedings or otherwise.
Litigation revolves around convincing. This requires good legal knowledge, the ability to have both an overview and a detailed knowledge of the facts – not to mention pedagogical skills. A number of our lawyers regularly handle complex and protracted court cases, so-called major process issues. Several have a right to advocate at the Supreme Court.
“The devil is in the details.” Thoroughness is important. In many disputes there are small margins, and often detail – a sentence in an email or a paragraph in a draft agreement – will be crucial. We turn all stones so that all relevant factors are presented, and that the case is not lost because something has been overlooked.