Construction law

SANDS is one of Norway’s leading firms on construction law. Our experienced lawyers work on large international, national and regional construction projects. SANDS drives the development of Norwegian construction law by hosting forums and initiating collaborative projects in areas like the digitization of the construction process.

Very easy to work with. Thorough – put effort into getting an in-depth understanding of the cases that we discuss.

- Client, Legal 500, 2020

SANDS has a unique life cycle focus on projects. We build long-term client relationships, “solving” projects as early as possible to avoid conflicts and saving “blood, sweat and money” later. With branches in all the largest Norwegian cities, SANDS is a preferred national and regional partner on Projects, ranging from Public-Private Partnerships, railway and road construction, to residential projects and public signal construction like Barcode and the new National Museum of Arts.

What SANDS can help you with

SANDS’ construction law team consists of 29 practical lawyers under the guidance of senior partner Geir Frøholm, for several decades a driving force in the modernization of Norwegian construction law. The office atmosphere is shaped by an ”open door” policy that rewards inquisitiveness and academic rigour. SANDS’ lawyers handle these areas:

International companies

SANDS has developed a dedicated service for international entitites who wish to take a position in the Norwegian market. We assist with establishing the company in Norway; construction contracts; tender processes; contract negotiations; project fullfilment and everything in between.

Infrastructure

With heavy investments being made in roads, railway and the replacement of old sewage systems, SANDS is a preferred partner as we have handled many complex national and municipal Public-Private Partnership projects. We tailor bespoke contracts and participate in the development of new contractual forms and digital processes.

Traditional construction

Office buildings, residential projects and ordinary public and private construction projects based on stadard contracts.

Consulting

SANDS has several of Norway’s major costruction consultancy firms on our clinet list. We assist consultancy firm such as Norconsult and Rambøll in contractual negotiations, tender processes, arbitration and more, from beginning to end in a project.

HSE

This includes the responsibilities of employers, for instance with regards to accidents. This is viewed by Norwegian authorities as particularly important, and often leads to litigation. SANDS consults on these processes, and assists if conflict arises.

How we work at SANDS

The ”Cradle to grave” model

Construction is a complex and dynamcic area of law with a high propencity for expensive conflict. SANDS’ defining idea is to save our clients as many costs as possible by ”solving” the project as early as possible. SANDS has developed a ”one stop shopping” concept aiming to solve our clients’ every conceivable need from the project’s humble beginnings until its completion - from the contractual commitments to arbitration and fulfillment procedures. This also includes corollary areas of law such as public tenders, building permissions and neighbour relationships.

Sertified brokers – cost-efficient conflict solving

SANDS stands apart from many law firms by its focus on avoiding conflict by early omboarding in projects. Hwever, should conflict still arise, we have exceptionally experienced procedural lawyers to assist with fulfillment processes, arbitration and litigation. SANDS also has licensed brokers for simpler, faster and cost-efficient conflict solving.

Local expertise

One can not underestimate the value of local expertise in construction projects. SANDS has branches in Oslo, Tønsberg, Stavanger, Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim and Tromsø.

Courses

SANDS’ lawyers play an active part in the development of Norwegian contruction law. We develop new contractual forms and try to be a driving force in the work to digitze the construction process. We like to share our knowledge with our clients. We ublish Byggejuss.no, Norway’s only blogg about construction law. We also host ”The Fora for Construction Law” at our local branches, inviting clients and others to stay up to date on important developments in the field. We also offer bespoke courses. Please contact us on entreprise@sands.no for additional information.

Swift responses and understand our business.

- Client, Chambers 2020