Tord Pedersen is from Melbu in Vesterålen. He studied at the University in Tromsø and worked one year as a lecturer, teaching in legal subjects there, before he joined Wikborg Rein in 2018.
– Moving to Oslo from a little coastal village with 2000 inhabitants was an exciting change. It was the combination of need for better climate and work opportunities that brought me southwards. Wikborg Rein's reputable profile, in addition to the positioning in international dispute resolutions made me want to join Wikborg Rein. It is an incredibly exciting legal area, since you work across various borders, languages and cultures. As for myself, I mainly work in English, but I also get to use a little of the German I learned in upper secondary school.
Tord mainly works with international gas disputes, and was part of the Wikborg Rein team that recently closed the much discussed Naftogaz case.
– It was an incredibly exciting case to work on, since it does not only have a legal, but also a historical and political dimension, with the Russia-Ukraine conflict as a backdrop.
Tord says he first noticed Wikborg Rein during ALD when he was a student, and that he grew familiar with the firm through visibility in the media.
– There are a lot of good things about Wikborg Rein, but I would in particular emphasise the good working environment. The follow-up by partners and other colleagues is also very good. The firm has an "open door" policy, with the possibility to get tips and advice on the way. I would not say you are thrown out into deep water, but that you are given a safe start, and the possiblility to become comfortable in the role as an associate. In addition, the firm focuses on variety – there is room for various types of people and opinions.