Employment Law

Wikborg Rein has a strong practice group focused on employment law. The group offers clients a broad range of services, and is characterised by the firm’s international connections as well as numerous assignments within the public sector. We provide assistance to clients on the full range of employment matters from transactional and advisory work to dispute resolution. The firm's employment law group has seen notable growth in the number of assignments over previous years.

  There is a growing awareness among employees and companies of the various rights and obligations found in employment agreements; whether these are individual agreements or collective agreements. This includes not only issues relating to termination and dismissals, but also negotiations on employee benefits and incentives, bonus schemes, holiday entitlement and work hours. Both employers and employees are often required to address the demands and issues surrounding employment relationships and we work with our clients to identify potential issues and provide practical and timely solutions.

We understand the importance of precise and well-drafted employment agreements in all employment relationships and we offer our clients longstanding experience and expertise in the negotiation and drafting of employment agreements, termination agreements and matters relating to employment terms.. The group is frequently involved in negotiations of redundancy agreements.

The employment law group is regularly involved in the firm's general transactional and advisory work relating to acquisitions and due diligence. Through the years we have assisted in numerous large-scale redundancies.

Pensions are attracting increasing attention, whether they are state pensions, agreement-based pensions or a company's own pension schemes. We have broad experience and in-depth knowledge of pensions law and its related issues, particularly with the interpretation of these agreements and developing pension schemes for businesses.

The group also has considerable expertise related to integrity issues, such as ethics, corruption and whistle blowing. The employment law group is often involved in research assignments.

Wikborg Rein’s employment law group comprises 10 highly-skilled lawyers based in our offices in Oslo and Bergen, led by partner Jan L. Backer. With our longstanding experience we provide efficient and practical advice to our clients at short notice. The group also draws on the firm's considerable technical and commercial expertise to give an additional depth of perspective when providing advice to clients.