Michael Gjedde-Nielsen Construction Law - Denmark

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Gothersgade 109
DK-1123 Copenhagen K

Tel: +45 3314 9300
Fax: +45 2026 7366

Email: mgn@viltoft.dk
Web: www.viltoft.dk

Michael Gjedde-Nielsen advises pubic-sector companies, pubic authorities and private businesses on all aspects of construction law and procurement- He has been and is involved it several major building and construction projects in Denmark.

Michael assists in the planning of calls for tenders and the (rating of the legal parts of tender documents. and he participates in the negotiation and conclusion of contracts in connection with building and construction projects and other procurement activities. In addition, Michael advises construction clients and construction companies on all legal issues relating to the construction stage. Michael has conducted a range of major arbitration proceedings before the Danish Building and Construction Arbitration Board, including the biggest case ever heard by
this board.

Michael also has extensive experience as a litigator before the High Court and the Supreme Court in cases relating to construction law and procurement law. Michael has been involved it some of the largest cases before the Complaints Board for Public Procurement Together with Hans Lykke Hansen, he has written the book entitled “ABR 89, General Conditions for Consulting Services” (3rd edition scheduled for publication at the end of 2013).

Michael speaks the Scandinavian languages, English and German.

Construction Law Practice

For nearly four decades we have been leading providers of legal services to the construction and engineering industry. As legal advisers to employers, contractors, technical consultants, insurance companies, financiers and investors, we have been involved in most the significant construction and engineering projects in Denmark in recent times.


Construction law has been a cornerstone of our firm since the beginning. We have built up knowledge and understanding of the industry that goes deeper than that of most other law firms in this field.

We advise clients on all aspects of construction law, from the drafting of contracts, general conditions and special conditions to advice on insurance matters, public regulation and claims of any kind.

We also provide assistance to clients in matters of risk management and conflict prevention. Additionally, we tackle the challenges posed by procurement laws and handle construction litigation and arbitration, both of which areas have developed into special disciplines of their own over the years.

The projects in which we are involved range from conventional construction and engineering projects to infrastructure projects, hospitals, process plants, power stations and offshore projects such as wind farms.


In its quest for optimisation, the building and construction sector develops new types of agreements and approaches to construction and engineering, and we are frequently involved as advisers in projects based, for example, on public-private partnerships (PPPs), partnering, early tendering and ESCO agreements.

We advise not only on projects in Denmark, but are also regularly involved in projects abroad, for example in Northern Europe and Africa, and in offshore projects. We have built up in-depth knowledge of international standard contracts such as FIDIC and NEC3.


We have always had a special relation with technical consultants. Our list of clients includes several of Denmark’s leading architectural and engineering firms, whom we advice on all matters.

We are authors on the leading commentary on ABR89 – General Conditions for consulting services in the building and construction industry – and we are continuously instructed by insurance companies to handle professional negligence litigation and arbitration on behalf of architects and engineers.


In addition to our work with construction and technical consultants, we assist public and private sector clients in property development projects, in particular urban development run as PPPs, and in connection with sales and the purchases of real estate, including public authorities’ purchase of purpose-built facilities.

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