DLA Piper has one of Norway’s largest and leading professional environments in the specialist field of construction law. In addition to heavy construction law expertise and experience in litigation, our lawyers have a fundamental understanding of the sector’s strategic and commercial objectives.
One reason for this is that several of our lawyers have worked as executive lawyers in the largest companies in the sector. This gives us a unique insight into the construction industry and a realistic approach to our clients’ needs. These prerequisites help us to find the best legal and commercial solutions to our clients’ challenges. This is always our primary focus.
We have extensive experience in assisting most of the players in the construction industry: the main contractors, consulting firms, architects and builders. The bulk of our workload comes from Norway’s largest construction firms, that we have assisted for a number of years.
Our experience ranges from large international construction projects within infrastructure, to smaller local projects within the residential and commercial sector. We undertake all kinds of assignments within the construction sector, where advising in the contracting phase and final settlement phase stands central. Simultaneously, we assist clients and ongoing projects with all the other relevant issues, including:
- Contract strategy and drafting of contracts
- Evaluation of tenders and offers
- Negotiation and conclusion of contracts
- Assistance under contract liquidation – negotiation and handling of changes
- Advising and assisting with final settlement
- Dispute resolution and litigation in the courts or arbitral tribunal
- Assisting the purchase and sale of businesses
- Teaching, courses and seminars
DLA Piper’s global foundation contributes to a number of our construction lawyers in Norway having experience with international construction projects both in Norway and abroad. This gives us an additional dimension of advice to Norwegian clients. Our international foundation means we are at the forefront of developments in new fields, where we can emphasize our unique experiences with PPP projects worldwide. Assistance and advice relating to FIDIC contracts is another example where our experts are in a unique position.
DLA Piper also represents several international clients who have established themselves in Norway. Our assistance has included everything from the creating of a company, preparation of quality assurance systems, standard contracts, work permits, approvals by the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning etc.