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Anders Stenbrenden


CMS Kluge Advokatfirma AS
Bryggegata 6
NO-0250 Oslo
PO Box 1548 Vika
NO-0117 Oslo
Languages English, Norwegian

Anders Stenbrenden is head of CMS Kluge's department of Employment Law.
Stenbrenden has more than 11 years of experience consulting and litigation related to employment law, which is his primary working area, together with benefits/pension and data protection law. 

Stenbrenden advises employers and employer organizations on a wide range of employment law issues, including employment contracts, incentive schemes, downsizing, transfer of undertakings, hiring-in, posting of workers and collective agreements and disputes. Stenbrenden focuses on employment law litigation and is one of the most used employment law litigators in Norway. He also specialises on whistle blower cases and compliance and has led several large and complex internal investigations for private and public employers.

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Relevant experience

  • 2016 - Partner, CMS Kluge Advokatfirma AS (prev. Kluge Advokatfirma AS)
  • 2014 - 2016 Associate partner, Kluge Advokatfirma AS
  • 2010 - 2014 Attorney, NHO, Employment Law Division
  • 2012 - 2013 Acting District Court Judge, Oslo District Court (4 months)
  • 2008 - 2010 Attorney, Group Legal Department at Nordea
  • 2004 - 2008 Deputy Judge, Sør-Østerdal District Court and Oslo District Court
  • 2003 - 2004 Associate, Kvale & Co
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Memberships & Roles

  • 2012-2014 Deputy member of the Dispute resolution Board (DRB) (set up in accordance with Working Environment Act section 17-2) DRB is trying specific disputes regarding working hours, leave of absence preferential rights for part time employees etc. Stenbrenden voted in over 40 cases from 2011 till 2014.
  • 2012-2014 Deputy member of the Appeal Board for Public Sickness Benefits (ABS) ABS is trying disputes over decisions by the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organisation (NAV) regarding the employer financed sick pay period. Stenbrenden voted in over 41 cases from 2011 till 2014.
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Awards & Rankings

Stenbrenden is highly recommended by both Chambers and Legal 500 within Employment law.

Anders Stenbrenden is also a key name to note in Oslo and focuses on employment litigation.
Legal 500, 2020

An honest, calm and knowledgeable individual.
Legal 500, 2019

Anders Stenbrenden handles a variety of employment law mandates, including restructuring and downsizing processes, employment disputes and internal investigations. A client praises his "excellent availability and to-the-point advice."
Chambers Europe, 2022

"highly experienced and qualified lawyer." He is especially active on disciplinary cases and whistleblowing disputes. He also advises on non-contentious matters such as downsizing and restructurings.
Chambers Europe, 2020

emea recommended lawyer 2022



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  • 2021 Karnov, kommentarer til statsansatteloven (publication date in 2021)
    Stenbrenden is preparing comments for the Civil Service Act i collaboration with three other authors. 
  • 2014 Aldersgrenser og aldersdiskriminering [Age limits and age discrimination] Arbeidsrett VOL XI no. 1, 2014, p. 139, Universitetsforlaget.
  • 2004 Arbeidsbok i Menneskerettigheter [Handbook in human rights] Njål Høstmælingen, Robert Lund, Anders Stenbrenden, Ken Uggerud, Cappelen Akademiske Forlag.
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Lectures list

  • 2012 - Supervisor and examiner for Master’s students writing their theses on employment law In autumn 2014, supervisor for two students working on a group assignment entitled Gjennomføring av omorganisering/nedbemanningsprosesser, herunder masseoppsigelser, jf. aml. § 15-2. [Execution of reorganisation/downsizing processes, including mass lay-offs, cf. Section 15(2) of the Norwegian Working Environment Act]
  • 2010 - 2014 Permanent external examiner for the Master’s programme in accounting and auditing at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) Anders Stenbrenden CV page 3 of 3 External examiner in the areas of corporate law, stock exchange and securities law, and bankruptcy.
  • 2006 - 2014 Regular examiner at the University of Oslo An examiner in all departments. Over the last four years, Anders Stenbrenden has principally served as external examiner in the subjects of individual and collective employment law.
  • 2006 - 2008 Teacher of administrative law at the University of Oslo.
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  • 2002 Cand. Jur. University of Oslo
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Two new part­ners in Kluge
We are very happy to wel­come Knut An­ders Sannes and Stef­fen Kvisler as new part­ners in Kluge. Un­til now, both have been part­ners in Pacta Ad­vokat­firma, which will cease in par­al­lel, and will be part of...