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 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

Bech-Bruun Recommended by Legal500

Legal500 Rating 2018
-  Environment

Bech-Bruun’s environmental practice is ‘among the best’ and provides the full range of services for a broad range of clients, including public sector entities such as the Danish Agriculture and Food Council and the Region Zealand. The five-partner team is led by the ‘very skilled and service-mindedHåkun Djurhuus and Jacob Brandt, who stands out for his ‘strategic mindset and experience from the regulatory side’. The group advised the Municipality of Fredericia in relation to the spillage of liquid fertiliser in the harbour. Other highlights include the department assisting Femern with public law matters regarding the construction of a tunnel; and advising Nord Stream 2 on the construction and operation of two pipelines in the Baltic Sea, including the environmental impact assessment.

Legal 500, Environment

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