Dispute Resolution

Our founder, Annæus Schjødt was a renowned litigator in Norway and our firm now has a century long tradition of success within all fields of dispute resolution. We have developed our well renowned Norwegian practice by adding market leading teams in Sweden and in London. We have an outstanding track record in national and international courts and regularly advise clients in international arbitration. Schjødt's results have been achieved through legal excellence and innovative thinking; we are at the forefront of development as regards dispute resolution strategy.

As opposed to the traditional culture of top tier commercial law firms, Schjødt has always given equal priority to dispute litigation and corporate law. Thus, we have an excellent balance of talent and skills, from senior partners to young associates, all dedicated to excellence in their chosen profession. Our emphasis on comprehensive training, coaching and hands-on experience has created an innovative and goals-oriented environment.

Our track record is second to none. We see that the best results are achieved by specialisation, i.e. litigation lawyers handling litigation matters, rather than allowing client-account lawyers to have their day in court as has often been the case in other firms. We were the first of the major firms to adopt this approach and we have highly developed methods and techniques to ensure that clients are provided with a cost-efficient team comprising dispute resolution experts and specialists on the relevant field of law or the client's industry.

We have experience from many of the largest and most ground-breaking court cases and we have a significant and ever increasing market share in international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation. Our international experience is illustrated by our work with global clients in the oil & gas industry, including oil services, where we have a leading position. Construction, infrastructure, intellectual property and pharmaceuticals are other examples of sectors where Schjødt's reputation is unparalleled.

Dispute Resolution in Norway

Schjødt's litigation team provides first-tier legal advice to corporate clients in proceedings before national courts, arbitral tribunals, international courts and administrative bodies. We are one of the Norwegian law firms with the highest number of lawyers admitted to the Supreme Court. Our specialists assist clients in relation to negotiation, conciliation and mediation.

We provide specialised legal advice in relation to a broad spectrum of disputes, spanning all our firm's areas of expertise. The practice of litigation is highly specialised and requires extensive knowledge of the rules of civil procedure as well as experience from handling complex matters with large teams, to ensure effective and credible communication with the courts.  We combine broad legal expertise and market knowledge with a thorough understanding of our clients' business needs. Our lawyers work closely with specialised lawyers in other practice groups to always provide our clients with the most constructive, individually tailored and cost-efficient solutions. 

In Norway we have extensive experience from litigating large and complex disputes, and we also provide assistance to clients in relation to negotiations, conciliation and mediation.  Schjødt's litigators have both argued the longest court case in the history of the Norwegian judiciary (the Balder case) and the case with the highest amount in dispute (Shipping back-tax case). Our litigators have broad experience from all types of international disputes, and regularly represent Norwegian and foreign clients in disputes with a cross-border component, international arbitration and cases before international courts and appeal bodies. Our litigation experience in Luxembourg is unparalleled by any other Nordic firm.

In addition, we have a well-reputed internal investigation and white collar criminal defence practice.  We counsel clients in relation to corruption, and other white collar criminal offenses, including cyber and IP crime, serious environmental crime and violations of securities and competition laws.

Schjødt's Litigation and Arbitration team has been consistently recognised as a first-tier practice by all the respected legal directories and publications throughout the world, including Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and PLC.

Our services include

  • White-collar defence and corporate social responsibility
  • Services as mediators or arbitrators
  • International litigation before international courts and tribunals
  • National and international arbitration under all major institutional and ad hoc rules
  • Litigation before all Norwegian courts
  • Negotiation, mediation and conciliation

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