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Claude A. Lenth


Claude A. Lenth is a partner and works with employment law.

With over twenty years of experience as a lawyer Claude has extensive experience within the employment law practice area, data privacy law and GDPR. His expertise has gained him recognition by the international ranking bureaus the Legal 500 and Chambers Europe.

Claude’s large client portfolio consists of national and international companies and businesses, and public institutions as well. He is also frequently requested by managing leaders of organizations for assistance with their legal matters. Claude provides legal counseling within all practice areas of employment law, including pension rights.

Claude advises in various matters such as restructuring and reorganization, business transfers, employment termination and dismissals, non-compete and restrictive covenants, temporary staffing procedures, termination agreement negotiations, as well as working environment conditions. Working environment conditions include whisteblowing cases and internal investigations. He also has experience from the Norwegian courts and the Court of Arbitration.

Since 1997, Claude has also worked with data privacy matters within employment law. He has comprehensive experience with all types of privacy matters within various branches and social areas, such as in the employment sector, research and health sector, investigation assignments, e-commerce and network solutions, and marketing. Claude also advises private and public entities with all types of privacy law issues and assignments. These issues can pertain to compliance and transferring of confidential information outside of the EEA/EU area, with regards to cloud-services, the evaluation and establishment of routines for data security. His experience with the data security for documents has been beneficial for his assistance with cases pertaining to inquiries and complaints for the Norwegian Data Protection Authority (DPA) and the Privacy Appeals Board. He also assists clients with data protection within inquiries, data seizures and defense assignments.

Recently, Claude has assisted a number of private and public businesses with GDPR compliance and has been actively engaged in hearings pertaining to The Personal Data Act through his position on the Data Protection committee in the Norwegian Association of Lawyers.

Relevant experience
  • Advisor and examinator for employment law and data privacy for law students at the University of Oslo
  • Lectures frequently within the practice area of employment law and data privacy
Professional Experience
Partner, Advokatfirmaet Hjort
Managing Associate, Advokatfirmaet Hjort
Senior Associate, Advokatfirmaet Hjort
Associate, Advokatfirmaet Hjort
Research assistant, Department of Computer Law, The University of Oslo
Candidate in Jurisprudence, The University of Oslo
Memberships / Honoraries

The Norwegian Bar Association

Norwegian Association for law and computer science

2001 – 2004 Deputy member of the Norwegian Policy Board

Claude is ranked as an employment law and data privacy specialist in both Legal 500 and Chambers Europe.

The Legal 500 EMEA: Claude is ranked in the “Leading Individuals” category for employment.

Claude Lenth delivered excellent advice. He is extremely responsive and always pleasant to work with. We could not be more pleased. Although a busy and highly popular team, they always manage to make you feel prioritised. A pleasure to work with.” 

“Claude Lenth is a very experienced lawyer with a practical approach to complex matters.” 

Chambers Europe: Claude Lenth primarily offers clients advice on various employment law matters, including non-compete and non-solicitation clauses, GDPR, restructurings and employee transfers. A client notes his “broad experience” and appreciates that he “always answers his phone or calls back promptly, giving solid advice.” Another client notes his “commercial awareness and is always there if there is a change to legislation that clients need to know about.”


Editor and Co-author of Arbeidsrett.no, kommentarutgave til ny arbeidsmiljølov (www.arbeidsrett.no) which is a commentary to the Norwegian Working Environment Act, for practitioners

Co-author of “Konkurransebegrensninger i arbeidsforhold”, Universitetsforlaget 2016, which details restrictive covenants in employment relationships, for practitioners.

Co-author of Personopplysningsloven – en håndbok, Kommuneforlaget i 2000, which is a legal presentation of the former Norwegian Data Privacy Act, for practitioners.

Research dissertation at The University of Oslo: “Adgangen til å behandle personopplysninger,” Institute for Legal Science, Complex 2/2000