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    Construction law

    Area of expertise

    Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of the extensive set of rules that comprise construction law, in addition to keen commercial insight and a sound understanding of the industry.

    Good planning prior to, and during the project, is crucial to a successful cooperation between all the participants in a construction contract.

    Dalan law firm has extensive experience of assisting developers and contractors in construction projects. We advise all categories of builders – professional developers, owner-occupied associations and housing cooperatives, municipalities and other public bodies, and private individuals. Many of our lawyers are also experienced in public construction projects, and we also assist a number of large- and small-scale contractors, tradesmen, advisers, and architects.

    Our lawyers have extensive experience of associated specialist areas such as planning and building law, liaison with other public bodies, private rights of use/easements, neighbour disputes, and expropriation law: these are areas in which the firm has traditionally occupied a particularly strong position. We can therefore provide comprehensive and efficient legal advice for a development or construction project.

    The specialist area of construction law stipulates the rights and duties of the developer (client) and the contractor (or adviser) in connection with a building and civil engineering project.

    It is customary for professional parties to enter into a contract that regulates their respective rights and duties. The standard contracts of Norsk Standard, especially NS 8405 (design-bid-build contract) NS 8407 (design-build contract) og NS 8401 (design contract) er central elements here. You can read more about these in our article covering the key legal aspects of construction contracts here.

    If the client is a private person (consumer), the provisions of the House Building Act and the Act relating to Artisan Services to Consumers will apply. You can read more about consumer construction contracts pursuant to the House Building Act here and more about contracts pursuant to the Act relating to Artisan Services to Consumers here.

    Relations with the building authorities are not covered by construction law, but are governed, inter alia, by the Planning and Building Act. Dalan’s lawyers regularly plead cases in the courts and construction cases comprise a considerable number of these.

    Our assistance in construction law includes the following:

    • Planning the building project’s structure, role clarifications, choice of contract type and contract drafting
    • Contract monitoring, the routine handling of legal questions within short time limits during the implementation phase
    • Support when negotiating settlements, possible dispute resolution through arbitration or court case
    • Support when subsequently exercising right of rescission, including by arbitration or in the courts

    Our lawyers have extensive experience of the central legal issues that arise within construction law.

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    Dalan also has solid experience and expertise in the field of construction contracts, including consumer building contracts.

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    Dalan has many talented lawyers who are frequently engaged in resolving disputes and providing legal counsel in cases that are handled under the Act relating to Artisan Services to Consumers.

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