40 years’ experience as a legal adviser and counsel

Portrettfoto Harald S. Kobbe

I have been highly ranked by both Chambers and Legal 500 for a number of years. The last decade or so my focus has been on dispute resolution, particularly as a legal expert, mediator, and arbitrator, - both in Norway and internationally. I have for years been genuinely interested in alternative dispute resolution and have worked successfully to reduce the level of conflict in major and minor contractual relationships.

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The goal is to reach solutions.

I am frequently hired as a mediator, either by the parties or by the courts, and I give advice to parties and counsels regarding how to adress various issues that are to be mediated.

I have taken part in and am still engaged in several major project-integrated mediations (PRIME), where we follow the work throughout the contract period.  Any problems and disagreements shall be identified at the earliest possible time to be discussed in meetings with the intention to make it possible for the parties to reach amicable solutions, and we thus assist the parties in establishing and maintaining a positive and constructive dialogue.

I am also frequently appointed as a legal expert giving advice on how to resolve and handle disputes and claims, and was quite recently appointed to the Expert board of three members assigned to the major road construction project, E18 Vestkorridoren , contract E103 Strand - Ramstadsletta..

Not all disputes can be resolved this way, however. I accept appointments as an arbitrator, and have chaired and been sitting on a number of arbitral tribunals involving sometimes substantial claims, often between international parties, including ICC arbitrations.

I have extensive experience assessing and preparing cases and litigation strategies. Based on my professional overview and vast network of contacts, I offer advice and help put together capable litigation teams and to some extent also participate in the follow-up of these teams. I no longer take extensive independent litigation assignments as counsel.

My activities are organised in the law firm Advokat Harald S. Kobbe AS and I am co- located and cooperate with the law firm Harris in Bergen.

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Selected offices and memberships:

Member of the Nordic Board of the Nordic Offshore and Maritime Arbitration
Association (NOMA). (www.nordicarbitration.org)

Listed and recommended arbitrator by the Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
Institute of the Oslo Chamber of Commerce (www.chamber.no)

Member of and recommended arbitrator by the Norwegian Oil and Energy
Arbitration Association (www.noeaa.no)

Chair of Byggebransjens Faglig Juridiske Råd (The Norwegian legal advice
council for the building- and construction industry) from 2008 until 2022 (www.bfjr.no)

Listed legal expert by Standard Norway to be appointed by the parties in
accordance with NS 8405 Article 43 and NS 8507 Article 50.

Listed mediator by mekling.no in the fields of construction law, real estate law and contract law

I was recently appointed to chair a new PRIME, this time in Northern Norway. Nye Veier AS and Leonard Nilsens Sønner AS have entered into a major contract consisting i.a. of two long tunnels to make E6 Kvænangsfjellet more safe and open also during winter. Here from the first site inspection in June 2022.

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I am genuinely interested in and have contributed to reducing the level of conflict in major, but also minor contractual relationships.

Harald S. Kobbe – Advocate, admitted to the Supreme Court, LL.M Harvard Law School