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Environmental law regulation is constantly changing. As a counterbalance to progress and growth, environmental and nature protection as well as planning are frequently challenged when, for example, urban projects are developed and enterprises are expanded. Complexity often becomes the pivotal point when the damage is done, and the authorities are to enforce the law.

We are highly specialised in environmental and planning law, and we advise private and public enterprises as well as authorities on both Danish and international environmental and nature protection as well as planning. We know administrative procedures and characteristics of the area, and we understand the considerations guiding a politically managed organisation.

Our advisory services include:

  • Coast protection
  • Waste and resources (circular economy)
  • Noise and odour pollution
  • Soil contamination
  • Nature protection, including habitat (Natura2000)
  • Waste water treatment
  • Water supplyEnvironmental approval, including regulation of listed industries
  • Environmental administrative law
  • Planning, including urban development
  • Environmental assessment and EIA
  • Water planning
  • Natura2000
  • Raw materials
  • International environmental law.

Our team is made up of highly qualified and experienced environmental law advisers working closely together with specialists from all relevant practice areas. We work together with, among others, experienced legal advisers within fields, such as Public Law & Administration, Infrastructure and Energy & Supply.

We are also members of several networks, among others, the Confederation of Danish Industry's Environmental Committee, and sit on the board of the ATV Foundation for Soil and Groundwater (ATV Jord og Grundvand), the board of Danish Environmental Lawyers and the technical council of DAKOFA - Waste and Resource Network Denmark. We also hold the chairmanship in the sustainable development committee of the National Association for Building and the waste law network of DAKOFA. As a result, we have in-depth industry knowledge, and our understanding of environmental law always matches the reality within which our clients operate.

We are also responsible for the environmental law reporting on rules and judgments in Magazine for the Environment (Tidsskrift for miljø) published by DJØF Publishing, and we also cooperate with Karnov Group on the publication of Envionmental Law, 9th edition.


Environment

Public Law

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What the team is known for
Multidisciplinary team advising on public law regulation and disputes relating to construction projects in the energy, infrastructure and healthcare sectors. Acts for private companies as well as state entities, often on mandates involving procurement and environment law. Also assists public bodies with internal investigations and inquiries, reviews and amendments to legislation and freedom of information matters.

Strengths
Clients praise the "very skilled specialists" for their "high level of communication."

Notable practitioners
Håkun Djurhuus is highlighted for his public law expertise relating to construction and environmental matters. He is experienced in mandates involving the energy and infrastructure sectors, and has particular knowledge in expropriation issues. Sources praise his litigation skills and describe him as "very commercial and diplomatic."

Chambers and Partners Europe, Public Law

Environment

Ranked: tier 1

Bech-Bruun has expertise in environmental regulatory conduct cases before the district courts, the high courts and the Supreme Court, which includes safeguarding the interests of both private companies and public authorities in connection with transport projects and energy infrastructure. The practice also advises on construction law disputes in relation to environmental requirements. Co-head Håkun Djurhuus is experienced in environmental law litigation and specialises in public and construction law.    

Legal 500, Environment

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