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Grethe Gullhaug


CMS Kluge
Olav Kyrres gate 21
NO-4005 Stavanger
PO Box 277
NO-4068 Stavanger
Languages English, Norwegian

Grethe Gullhaug is a specialist in construction law and linked to CMS Kluge’s specialist groups for construction law, public procurements and litigation/dispute resolution. Since 1999, she has primarily worked on cases related to construction law, contract law and dispute resolution. Grethe works on a daily basis with cases in the field of construction, representing both contractors and construction clients. She also has substantial experience with consultancy contracts and has handled several major dispute cases regarding different consultancy assignments.

Grethe Gullhaug is an experienced litigator at both the ordinary courts and the court of arbitration. In addition to proceedings in the fields of contract and construction law, she has – through framework agreements that Kluge has established with clients such as the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), the Norwegian Refugee Council and the Office of the Attorney General of Norway – also argued a range of cases in other areas of law, including employment law and social security law, as well as work accident and tort law. Over the past ten years, Grethe has handled approx. 5–8 cases per year.

Grethe Gullhaug regularly holds courses in the professional areas of construction law, general contract law and litigation for the Center for Continuing Legal Education (Juristenes Utdanningssenter – JUS) and for other clients. Grethe is often involved in teaching assignments on various aspects of construction law, including NS 8405/06/07, NS 8401/02, the process code, NS 3420, contract management in building and construction contracts, Construction Client Regulations, etc. She also regularly serves as a supervisor and external examiner for Master’s students at the University of Bergen and the University of Oslo (contract law, compensation law, construction law, legal aspects of real estate and public procurements).

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Relevant experience

  • 2013 - Partner, CMS Kluge Advokatfirma AS (prev. Kluge Advokatfirma AS)
  • 2011 - 2013 Associate partner, Kluge Advokatfirma AS
  • 2002 Licensed to practice law
  • 2000 - 2002 Deputy judge, Bergen District Court
  • 1999 Employed, Kluge Advokatfirma AS
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Memberships & Roles

  • 2016 - Member of the Norwegian Bar Association’s legal committee for Civil Litigation and Arbitration
  • 2012 - 2013 President of the Hordaland og Sogn og Fjordane circuit of the Norwegian Bar Association (member of the Board for several years previously)
  • 2010 - 2013 Regular defence counsel in cases concerning requests for communication control (Bergen District Court)
  • 2009 - 2012 Member of the Norwegian Bar Association’s legal committee for Civil Litigation and Arbitration
  • 2008 - 2012 Member and President of the Committee for examination of AS Vinmonopolet’s decisions concerning purchases, etc.
  • 2004 - 2008 Special unit for police cases, on-duty attorney
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Awards & Rankings

Grethe Gullhaug is recommended within Construction by Legal 500 og Chambers Europe.

Grethe Gullhaug and Lars Ivar Nyland are very hard working, meet deadlines and also challenge clients for a broader understanding and better advice. Excellent in court.

Grethe Gullhaug is hardworking and is very determined.
Legal 500, testimonials 2022

Grethe Gullhaug enters the rankings as a result of strong market support. She advises clients on infrastructure construction projects as well as representing clients on payment and damage claim disputes. A client describes her as a "knowledgeable and hard-working" lawyer, adding: "She goes in-depth in her cases." She is based in the law firm's Stavanger office.
Chambers, 2022

emea recommended lawyer 2022



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  • Byggherreforskriften med kommentarer [Construction Client Regulations, with comments], Gyldendal forlag, 2016. Co-authored with Kjetil Sangolt. The book is currently being revised.
  • Flukten fra domstolen og gjeldende rett – rettsteoretiske konsekvenser av at rettstvister i økende grad avgjøres av andre organer enn domstolen [The flight from the courts and prevailing law – legal theory consequences of legal disputes increasingly being decided by bodies other than the courts], included in the Faculty of Law publications, no. 75 (University of Bergen, 1998).
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  • 1998 Master of Laws, University of Bergen
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