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Kristin Bjella

Admitted to the Supreme Court

Kristin Bjella provides legal advice and assists in litigation within the areas of energy and natural resources, as well as infrastructure, transactions. Her experience is derived from her work with legal and strategic advice in major renewable energy and distribution projects, including infrastructure such as ports.

Kristin has extensive experience from licensing processes, land rights acquisition and expropriation law.  She is known for her in-depth knowledge of international law and administrative law frameworks for land acquisition rights in reindeer herding areas.

Kristin is admitted to the Supreme Court and regularly conducts cases before Norwegian courts. She was a member of the expert committees drafting the proposal for the Norwegian Dispute Act and the Arbitration Act. She is experienced in arbitration, both as an arbitrator and counsel. In 2018, she acted as counsel for Finnmarkseiendommen before the Supreme Court in a plenary session on the right to land and natural resources in Finnmark.

Kristin is continuously ranked by The Legal 500 for her expertise in energy and renewable energy law.


Professional Experience
Head of Energy practice area, Advokatfirmaet Hjort
Partner, Advokatfirmaet Hjort
Partner, Advokatfirmaet Bjella AS
Partner, Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS
Admitted to the Norwegian Supreme Court
Partner, Advokatfirmaet Vislie, Ødegård & Kolrud
Attorney, Advokatfirmaet Vislie, Ødegård & Kolrud
Deputy judge, Lier, Røyken og Hurum District Court/Drammen District Court
Senior Executive Officer/Legal Adviser, Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Justice
Arbritator education, recommended by the Danish Bar and Law Society and the Norwegian Bar Association
Candidate in Jurisprudence, The University of Oslo
Basic course in sociology, University of Oslo
Memberships / Honoraries

2021- Deputy Chair of the Board, Ruter AS

2016- Leader of the Energy and Environment department at Advokatfirmaet Hjort

2013 Deputy Chair of the Board, Troms Kraft AS

2007 Deputy Chair of the Board, the Radium Hospital Foundation

Leader of the Norwegian Bar Association’s Expropriation Law Committee

Ranked in Norway’s prestigious Finansavisen Lawyer Survey 2023 in “energy and climate”.

Kristin is ranked in the area of energy by both The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

She is ranked as “Leading individual” in the category Energy by The Legal 500.

Department head Kristin Bjella is hailed by sources as a “very renowned and capable lawyer.” She handles contentious and non-contentious mandates relating to hydroelectric and wind power production, including development projects, mergers and transactions, land rights issues and regulatory concessions. Interviewees say: “She is very experienced and knows the industry well” and “Kristin Bjella is a well-reputed regulatory lawyer specialised in energy matters” – Chambers

The Legal 500 about Hjort’s energy department: “Very competent, solid and experienced in the particular field. Great commitment to deliver with quality on time (also on short notice). Devoted lawyers with much engagement and commitment to deliver. These qualities particularly apply to Kristin Bjella.” 


2015 The Expropriation Act with commentary, Erik Keiserud and Kristin Bjella

2007 The Arbitration Act with commentary, co-author

2001 Municipal companies and undertakings, co-author

2001 The Water Resources Act, co-author

1986 Inter-municipal companies, (Interkommunale ansvarlige selskaper), Inst. for privatretts publ.