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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.


Environment

Public Law

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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
Haakun 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.

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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.

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