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Public Procurement

Every year the public sector spends more than 400 billion Norwegian kroner on procurement of goods, services and building- and construction work. The regulatory framework for public procurement have strict rules for the implementation of these procurements, and limits which modifications of the contract the parties can make during their term. Accordingly it is important for both contracting authorities and suppliers to have thorough knowledge of the regulations.

Hjort’s attorneys have extensive knowledge of the public procurement regulations and offer both contracting authorities and suppliers first class advice in all phases of a procurement – from preliminary work to counselling throughout the competition and subsequent contract signing. Our attorneys also have broad experience in assisting clients with complaint processes, including cases before the Norwegian Complaints Board for Public Procurement (KOFA) and in the court system.

Through framework agreements with several large contracting authorities, and assistance to a number of suppliers to the public sector, our team has built a solid  trade knowledge in different sectors and acquired insight in a number of different types of contracts – from building and construction to various goods and services.

We have considerable knowledge and experience within both the classic sector and the utilities sector, including the award of concession contracts.

Our attorneys have up-to-date and to-the-point procurement competence and works with procurement regulation issues on a daily basis. The team is also knowledgeable and have extensive experience from adjacent subjects such as contract law, construction law, competition law and state aid regulations. Consequently, we are able to offer overall advice and be a good strategic advisor to our clients.

 

With 'good communication skills' and 'an ability to quickly find a solution', Advokatfirmaet Hjort covers the full spectrum of competition issues with notable expertise in dominance-related issues, competition litigation, public procurement and state aid issues.

– Legal 500, 2019