General Public Law

Our expertise includes:

  • Administrative law
  • Establishment of public utility companies
  • Legal framework of municipalities 
  • State enterprises.

How can we help?
We specialise in every regulatory field of relevance to public authorities. For example environmental law, infrastructure, climate issues and public-private partnerships and cooperation.

It is a key priority to help our clients anticipating and thereby minimising any potential risk or challenge.

We represent municipalities regions as well as joint municipal companies, state enterprises and private businesses in matters pertaining to all aspects of public law.

Our public sector team has in-depth knowledge of the current legal issues of concern to the public sector. We understand the landscape in which public authorities with a political support base operate, also when such public authorities enter into cooperation agreements and contracts of a private law character.

Common challenges
Public authorities are faced with a variety of challenges. However, common to them all is the need to increase efficiency levels, improve the quality of services and to implement imposed cutbacks. As a result, the need for better employment of resources is increasing.

Moreover, in the aftermath of the municipal reform in 2007, many public authorities experience a need for specialised legal advice.


Our ratings

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2018
-  Public Law

What the team is known for Large multidisciplinary team advising on general public law regulation, as well as more specialised areas of law such as energy, environment and infrastructure. Expertise also covers regulatory matters related to international law including EU and human rights legislation. Offers a strong commercial law background to represent a variety of private parties on public law issues including contentious cases, representing clients in proceedings before courts at all levels. Also represents municipalities and publicly-owned institutions.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "very good, with high-quality employees and high-quality work."

Interviewees comment on the depth of coverage the team offers: "They have a really strong brand and a lot of areas of expertise. I had high expectations and I was positively surprised by how good their services were. I was left very happy."

Work highlights Assisted several regions of Denmark with the preparation and implementation of new hospital projects, including advice in connection with the preparation, planning and implementation of the projects.

Represented the Danish Road Directorate in a Supreme Court case relating to the interpretation of the Danish Road Act and the concepts of property and locus standi under Danish law, in matters relating to landowner rights to buy land that was formerly under public ownership.

Notable practitioners
Hakun Djurhuus is particularly known among interviewees as a "really good environmental lawyer" while sources also praise his abilities in public law trials. He is also active in administrative law and often assists with construction matters. He successfully represented Metroselskabet in a Supreme Court case regarding liability for costs incurred in rerouting pipelines around the Cityringen metro construction site.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Public Law

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