Public Sector

Our expertise includes:

  • Environmental and planning legislation
  • Construction and urban development planning 
  • Public procurement law 
  • Public employment law 
  • Local authority cooperation 
  • Planning and financing of infrastructure projects, including compulsory acquisition 
  • Supervision regulations
  • Municipal law.

How can we help?
Having assisted Danish municipalities and regions and independent institutions on all relevant aspects of the law, we have gained in-depth and interdisciplinary insight into the special conditions faced by public sector players.

Compulsory acquisition is a key competence area, and we have many years of experience in advising on planning legislation, road conditions, the legal position of supply cable owners, security issues, agreements on the administration of infrastructure, as well as inconvenience caused by infrastructure projects.

Our public sector team has extensive knowledge of the current legal issues that concern the public sector. We understand the landscape in which politically supported public authorities operate, also when such public authorities enter into cooperation agreements and contracts of a private law nature.

Due to our comprehensive knowledge of general public law, we are able to help our clients anticipate and thereby minimise any potential risk or challenge.

Sector challenges
The Danish public sector is currently undergoing major transformation. Previously authorities tended to pursue a monopoly-based structure, whereas the current trend is to adopt a competition and tender-based approach, also targeting private sector players, to implement its large-scale public works projects.

The utility sector is also undergoing radical changes and a number of major public sector projects are now being put out to public tender.

Public works projects carried out via inter-municipal enterprises and public private partnerships (PPP) and public private cooperation (PPC) require expert advice. Accordingly, public authorities are increasingly seeking advice on areas which traditionally do not fall within their realm of interest.


Our ratings

Chambers and partners

Chambers Europe Rating 2016
-  Public Law

What the team is known for Sizeable practice advising on general public law regulations, as well as more specialised areas such as energy, climate and environment. Expertise also covers contentious cases in public law, representing clients in proceedings before courts at all levels. A leading adviser to private clients on public law issues such as procurement and data protection regulations, the team also acts for Danish municipalities and independent institutions. 

Strengths One client describes the team as "very knowledgeable" and highlights its "responsive and available" service as an important factor.

Clients are impressed by the firm's level of commitment, saying "you feel safe with them and regardless of the issue, they always have a partner with the right expertise."

Work highlights Continued to advise Metroselskabet on planning, construction and operational issues relating to the Copenhagen Metro.

Advised Central Denmark Region on establishing a new psychiatric centre in the New University Hospital in Aarhus through a public private partnership.

Significant clients Femern, Region Zealand, The City of Copenhagen, The Danish Agriculture and Food Council, Odense Letbane.

Notable practitioners
Key contacts include Per Hemmer, Haakun Djurhuus, Hanne Moelbeck, Johan Weihe and Peter Oestergaard Nielsen, who each head different aspects of the department's work.

Chambers and Partners Europe, Public Law

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2017
-  Environment

Clients rate Bech-Bruun’s team as being one of ‘the best in the field’ in all aspects of environmental law, including litigation and regulatory matters. Djurhuus successfully represented the Agriculture & Food Council before the High Court of Western Denmark in a dispute with a Danish municipality regarding illegal conditions in an environmental permit. Led by the ‘very skilledHåkun Djurhuus, the team includes infrastructure specialist Hanne Mølbeck and senior associate Jacob Brandt, who has ‘a very good understanding of clients’ needs’.

Legal 500, Environment

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