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Public authorities and enterprises include anything from municipalities, regions and profession-oriented special government agencies to public-owned enterprises maintaining large infrastructure or utility tasks. Many things vary in the public sector, but the rules concerning the demands on public administration and political government are common.

We know the landscape in which public authorities and enterprises navigate, and we have experts in all the areas where public authorities and enterprises seek advisory services and are involved in legal proceedings. Our experts are well-versed in the particular case-handling characteristics applying to the individual areas.

We advise municipalities, regions, ports, inter-municipal enterprises, public and private enterprises, and we represent these parties at city courts, the high courts and the Supreme Court, observing the principles that apply to public authorities as parties to legal proceedings.

We advise, prepare investigations and conduct cases about and for public authorities and enterprises concerning the legal matters of same, including:

  • Administration law
  • Liability of public authorities and enterprises
  • Liability issues (legal inquiries and reports)
  • Formation and organisation of public enterprises
  • Foundations and autonomous institutions
  • Social law
  • Capacity issues 
  • Access to information cases
  • Public authorities' financial situations and borrowing
  • Statutory basis in municipal law according to municipal power of attorney or sector legislation
  • Regulations governing public enterprises
  • Inter-municipal enterprises
  • Municipal-owned public limited companies
  • PPP and PPC projects
  • Public law special regulations from rules on compensation for loss of income when enrolling in adult education to the provisions of the Danish Health Act
  • Energy law issues
  • Protection of environment and nature as well as planning

Our team is comprised of highly skilled and deeply specialised lawyers, who all have extensive experience with public clients, and several have been employed with public authorities. We have long-standing experience in advising on all areas of law relating to the public sector. We work across expert areas and render advice and conduct legal proceedings on everything from municipal law issues to liability disputes.

To ensure optimal advisory services, we often cooperate with other areas of expertise such as Infrastructure, Energy & Supply, Real Estate & Construction, Foundations, Compliance, Environment, Procurement, Tax etc.


Public Law & Administration

Public Law

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What the team is known for
Multidisciplinary team advising on general public law regulation, as well as more specialised areas of law such as energy 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, and additionally offers a strong track record in public procurement and environmental matters.

Strengths
One source states: "I appreciate the team's pragmatic and yet very skilled approach to legal issues."

Work highlights
Advised Nord Stream 2 on the Danish law aspects of its multi-jurisdictional gas infrastructure project.

Notable practitioners
Håkun Djurhuus is highlighted by sources as an "expert," particularly with regard to environmental law aspects. He has experience in arbitration as well as litigation before the Danish Supreme Court, and represented the Danish Agriculture and Food Council in mediation against several Danish municipalities relating to the prohibition of the use of pesticides.

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