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Harald S. Kobbe

Senior Partner Bergen

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Experienced advisor with 35 years of experience as a litigator

Harald is an experienced advisor with 35 years of experience as a litigator.

A significant part of this experience, especially the last 25 years, is related to contract law and disputes. The subject is extensive and wide, from gas and oil installations offshore and onshore to long-term agreements for the hiring of consulting services in the IT sector. He litigates cases before the ordinary courts, i.e. the District Courts, the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and before arbitral tribunals. He was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court in 1984 when he was 35 years old.

Not every assignment ends in litigation, and Harald is know and respected as an advisor and lawyer who seeks constructive amicable settlements. Kluge Advokatfirma AS/Harald did for example assist Kilden, the theatre and concert hall for Sørlandet in Kristiansand, in all phases of project execution - from contracting and contract negotiations, through the execution of the contracts until final settlements with the various contractors. The project, which had a budget of over 1 billion NOK, was completed without any lawsuits.

Harald has also been appointed as an arbitrator and mediator regarding a wide range of cases and issues. Confidentiality implies that we cannot give detailed information, but the issues at hand varies from construction of public buildings to offshore structures and long-term lease of real estate and properties. He has been appointed as president of two arbitral tribunals by the ICC in Paris, is a permanent arbitrator in Oslo Chamber of Commerce Institute for Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution and is a permanent arbitrator ("oppmann") appointed by Standards Norway for contract disputes related to NS 8505.

Since 2009, he also chaired Byggebransjens Faglig Juridiske Råd, which is a permanent body with both legal and technical expertise deciding between from 4 to 10 cases a year related to the building and construction industry.

Harald is a frequently used lecturer on various topics especially in contract and construction law and dispute resolution.

Harald is a member of various boards, and is rated by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 to be one of the best construction law attorneys in the country.