Halvard Helle

Halvard Helle

Partner, Oslo Download CV Download vCard

Halvard has extensive trial experience in complex commercial, contractual and labour matters, criminal cases and arbitration. He regularly gives advice to businesses and executives on litigation and appeals work, compliance and regulatory matters and white-collar crime cases.

As a former reporter and foreign editor of a Norwegian national newspaper, Halvard has defended news organisations and publishing houses in media, privacy and libel cases, and published the first commentary on the Norwegian Press Ethics Code.

Halvard has tried over 65 criminal and civil cases to verdict in the Supreme Court, and is one of the most experienced Supreme Court litigators in Norway.

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Halvard Helle and Vidar Strømme are the key names for media and freedom of expression disputes respectively Legal 500

About Halvard


  • Lawyer Tried over 65 cases to verdict in the Norwegian Supreme Court.
  • Lawyer Tried well over 60 cases in all Appeals Courts in Norway.


  • 2021

    Recommended and Other key lawyer - Legal 500

  • 2020

    Recommended - Legal 500


  • 2016

    International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, London School of Economics

  • 1990

    Cand. jur., University of Oslo


  • 2016

    Commentary on the Norwegian Press Ethics Code, Halvard Helle and Vidar Strømme


  • Public defender:in the Norwegian Supreme Court since 2012.
  • Head of the legislative committee:for criminal law and criminal procedure of the Norwegian Bar Association since 2017.