Lennart Garnes

Special Counsel

Project Asst.

Lennart Garnes is an expert in the fields of EU/EEA competition and state aid law. In addition he has heavy experience fromnational public administrative law. In particular, he works on cases concerning regulatory or competition related obstacles for market access and the exercise of business activities (based on EU/EEA free movement rules, secondary legislation and competition law) as well as state aid issues for private and public clients. With experience from national and European administrative bodies, he has first-hand insight into the political and legal processes of which legislation is adopted and applied. Lennart assists in processes towards, national authorities, the EFTA Surveillance Authority and the European Commission. Within his fields of practice, he is regularly involved in litigation processes.

At SANDS, Lennart has been working with several highly principal cases concerning port access and the pricing of port services. Together with his earlier experiences from the transport area, he has gained particular knowledge in issues concerning access to and pricing of infrastructure and transport markets.

Before Lennart joined SANDS, he worked for the Internal Market Affairs Directorate of the EFTA Surveillance Authority. Prior to that he was a senior advisor at the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and advisor at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. He served his compulsory military service at the military prosecution service and was deployed as a legal advisor (with the rank of major) to the Norwegian forces in Afghanistan.

"Lennart Garnes, Special Counsel: He has an excellent analytic approach and I have been impressed by his ability to identify important challenges overlooked by others. I trust his advice and feel at rest when he presents the practical consequences of a given legal framework."

- Client, Legal 500, 2024

Expertise areas


SANDS Advokatfirma DA

Special counsel

SANDS Advokatfirma DA

Senior Lawyer

SANDS Advokatfirma DA


EFTA Surveillance Authority


Ministry of Transport

Senior Advisor



Norwegian Armed Forces in Afghanistan

Military Prosecution Service and Legal advisor (major)

University of Oslo

Cand. jur.

Durham University (UK)

Master of European and International law (LLM)

• Within the fields of EU/EEA, competition and state aid law, Garnes has contributed to a range of legal opinions, reports and papers for Norwegian ministries, other state bodies, municipalities and business advocacy organisations.


Legal 500

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