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Thommessen is one of Norway's most renowned law firms in the field of public procurement. With extensive and solid experience, we offer expertise in all areas of the procurement process and provide assistance to both suppliers and contracting authorities.

Our dedicated procurement team consists of specialists with experience from both the public and private sectors. This unique combination gives us a deep understanding of the challenges faced by contracting authorities and suppliers, making us reliable strategic advisors in public procurement processes.

We have extensive experience in helping contracting authorities throughout the procurement process - from strategy formulation to awarding. We regularly assist with negotiations, issues related to rejections, tender evaluations, transparency, complaint handling, as well as legal processes. We also assist contracting authorities with contract management and the execution of (lawful) direct procurements, such as extended in-house provisions, R&D exceptions, and other exceptions to procurement regulations.

We also have broad experience on the supplier side, where we assist with market dialogue, changes to competition documents, tender drafting and quality assurance, as well as negotiations. If a supplier is unsuccessful in a competition, we help with transparency, complaints, and any legal processes to secure the contract or seek compensation for losses.

Our lawyers have extensive experience in handling cases for the Complaints Board for Public Procurement (KOFA), lawsuits in court and processes for the EFTA Court. Wenche Sædal, the leader of Thommessen' s procurement team, has been appointed as a member of KOFA for the period from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2027.

Thommessen has broad experience across various sectors, including construction, IT, defense, transportation, waste, healthcare, and the utilities sector. Our lawyers also possess solid knowledge of the environmental requirements that contracting authorities are obligated to follow from January 1, 2024, as well as the Security Act and classified procurements.

I experience a very high degree of follow-up and commitment in connection with assignments. Very neat and structured, and with very good communication and plan for implementation through all the processes I have participated in. Client
Legal 500, 2024


  • 2024 Ranked Public Procurement Legal 500
  • 2024 2nd place Offentlige anskaffelser Prospera

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