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Environmental law regulation is constantly changing. As a counterbalance to progress and growth, environmental and nature protection as well as planning are frequently challenged when, for example, urban projects are developed and enterprises are expanded. Complexity often becomes the pivotal point when the damage is done, and the authorities are to enforce the law.

We are highly specialised in environmental and planning law, and we advise private and public enterprises as well as authorities on both Danish and international environmental and nature protection as well as planning. We know administrative procedures and characteristics of the area, and we understand the considerations guiding a politically managed organisation.

Our advisory services include:

  • Coast protection
  • Waste and resources (circular economy)
  • Noise and odour pollution
  • Soil contamination
  • Nature protection, including habitat (Natura2000)
  • Waste water treatment
  • Water supplyEnvironmental approval, including regulation of listed industries
  • Environmental administrative law
  • Planning, including urban development
  • Environmental assessment and EIA
  • Water planning
  • Natura2000
  • Raw materials
  • International environmental law.

Our team is made up of highly qualified and experienced environmental law advisers working closely together with specialists from all relevant practice areas. We work together with, among others, experienced legal advisers within fields, such as Public Law & Administration, Infrastructure and Energy & Supply.

We are also members of several networks, among others, the Confederation of Danish Industry's Environmental Committee, and sit on the board of the ATV Foundation for Soil and Groundwater (ATV Jord og Grundvand), the board of Danish Environmental Lawyers and the technical council of DAKOFA - Waste and Resource Network Denmark. We also hold the chairmanship in the sustainable development committee of the National Association for Building and the waste law network of DAKOFA. As a result, we have in-depth industry knowledge, and our understanding of environmental law always matches the reality within which our clients operate.

We are also responsible for the environmental law reporting on rules and judgments in Magazine for the Environment (Tidsskrift for miljø) published by DJØF Publishing, and we also cooperate with Karnov Group on the publication of Envionmental Law, 9th edition.


Public Law


What the team is known for
Multidisciplinary team advising on public law regulation and disputes relating to construction projects in the energy, infrastructure and healthcare sectors. Acts for private companies as well as state entities, often on mandates involving procurement and environment law. Also assists public bodies with internal investigations and inquiries, reviews and amendments to legislation and freedom of information matters.

Clients praise the "very skilled specialists" for their "high level of communication." 

Chambers and Partners Europe, Public Law


Ranked: tier 1

Singled out for its ‘hands-on knowledge of the relevant legal issues concerning environmental regulations’, Bech-Bruun is best known for handling environmental mandates involving major infrastructure projects in the energy and transport sectors. Jacob Schall Holberg jointly lead the group, which has an extensive track record in environmental regulatory conduct cases, acting for private companies and public authorities. Noted for her ‘outstanding legal knowledge’, Hanne Mølbeck specialises in compulsory purchases.

‘They have hands-on knowledge of the relevant legal issues concerning environmental regulations.’

‘The practice is very committed to offering 360 degree, all-round advice which is operable for the client.’

‘They are very present in their approach, able to listen and very holistic in their counselling.’

Legal 500, Environment


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