Navigating your way through environmental and planning law issues may constitute a challenge not only for private and public enterprises but also for authorities. The legislative complexity often becomes the pivotal point when the damage is done and the law must be enforced. This is where it is important to know the applicable legislation's scope of action.

Environmental law and planning law constitute a vital pivot of the establishment, operation and expansion of enterprises, agriculture, urban development planning and development of RE projects, including photovoltaic and wind-turbine systems on agricultural land and climate change adaptation.

The rules may prove challenging for both private enterprises and agriculture contemplating a certain location for or an expansion of their activities, and for the municipal, regional and state authorities given the powers to approve the planning, issue licences and permits, enforce the law and issue enforcement notices. 

The legislative complexity is evident in particular when the damage is done and the authorities must enforce the law, or when a decision is appealed against or brought before the courts of law. In such cases, prompt action may be needed, requiring, for one thing, knowledge of the ins and outs of applicable law and, for another, of the commenced proceedings.

How can we help?
We are highly specialised in environmental and planning law, and we advise and appear for private and public enterprises as well as authorities on matters involving Danish and international issues relating to environmental protection and nature protection as well as planning. We are familiar with the procedure and characteristics – and understand the interests – governing a politically controlled organisation and the legally correct outcome of a judicial review.

Our advisory services include:

  • Environmental administrative law and procedures
  • Planning, including urban development
  • Environmental approval, including regulation of listed industries
  • Environmental assessment and EIA
  • Waste and resources (circular economy)
  • Soil contamination
  • Coast protection
  • Noise and odour pollution 
  • Nature protection
  • Natura 2000
  • Waste water treatment
  • Water supply
  • Water planning
  • Raw materials
  • International environmental law

Our team is made up of highly qualified and experienced lawyers well-versed in environmental and planning law, including the environmental approval process, who work closely together with specialists from all relevant practice areas, such as lawyers specialised in Public Law & Administration, Infrastructure and Energy & Supply.

We are also members of several industry networks, including the Confederation of Danish Industry's Environmental Committee and Forum for Environmental Managers, Danish Environmental Lawyers and DAKOFA (Waste and Resource Network Denmark). Our network activities comprise lectures at DAKOFA and presentations at the annual meeting of DAF (the Danish Waste Association).

Moreover, we publish quarterly newsletters covering relevant topics of interest in the fields of environmental law and the agricultural sector.


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


Ranked: Tier 2

 The environment, nature and planning team at Bech-Bruun houses ‘outstanding’ and ‘highly specialised’ lawyers, who regularly represent clients in high-profile environmental disputes. The team handles cases before every level of the Danish court system, including the Supreme Court. It has a strong public sector client focus, working on behalf of several government agencies as well as advising major corporates and project owners. Public and environmental law specialist Jacob Schall Holberg leads the team.

"Bech-Bruun has thorough knowledge of the public sector. Bech-Bruun provides advice and sparring on both regulatory, commercial and strategic matters. They have a good understanding of customer needs."

"The lawyers at Bech-Bruun are highly specialised and have many years of experience in their fields. They are very skilled and understand how to target their advice to the specific case."

"Outstanding lawyers."

Legal 500, Environment


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