Rikke Søgaard Berth



Dir: +45 33344279

Mob: +45 52344279

Secretary: Lene Cwarzko

Rikke Søgaard Berth is part of Horten's public law team. She is specialised in the special affairs applying to public authorities and municipally owned companies. Rikke advises on the organisation of public assignments, including the cooperation with private parties. She has been responsible for the merger of utility companies, for instance the establishment of HOFOR, municipal emergency services and various co-operation supporting culture and sports. She has advised on the establishment of the Tinderbox Festival in Odense and of the consortium between the state and five municipalities responsible for the Tour de France in Denmark if the Danish bid to host the event is accepted. In addition, Rikke advises on the rules of administrative law, questions concerning authority, local government mandate, governance and other issues relating to public law.

Rikke is a member of the government’s external expert committee on the Harbour Act, the committee on expropriation Under the Planning Act and the board of directors of Danish Society for Municipal and Administrative Law. Finally, Rikke is responsible for Horten’s strengthening of its efforts on the state market.

Rikke has wide experience in working within a politically managed organisation from her former employment with the Ministry of Justice, and she holds a BA in political science. She is co-author of the book "Kommunale aktieselskaber" (Municipal public limited companies) (2009), and she has lectured at the University of Copenhagen since 2003 where she is now an external examiner.

Rikke is mentioned in the following international legal directories:
Chambers - Public Law

Clients praise Rikke Søgaard Berth as being very 'straightforward' and 'easy to work with'.

Chambers, 2018

Her ability to co-ordinate is very good. She understands the political implications of cases.<br><br>

Chambers, 2018

Rikke Søgaard Berth is described as an "emphatic person who is excellent in communication" by clients.

Chambers Europe, 2017



Partner, Horten, 2010
Admitted to the Danish bar, 2008
Attorney and Assistant Attorney, Bruun & Hjejle, 2006-2010
Assistant Attorney, the Ministry of Justice, 2002-2005


Master of Laws, the University of Copenhagen, 2002
BA.scient.pol, the University of Aarhus, 1996


Member of the board, Horten
Danish Association of Municipal and Administrative Law
Danish Association for Procurement Law
Danish Environmental Law Society
Forum for Offentlig Privat Samarbejde (FOPS)



Rikke Søgaard Berth - Chambers Europe 2017   

Nature Energy’s gas network sold to Energinet

15 March 2018

NGF Nature Energy Holding A/S and Energinet have concluded an agreement concerning sale of NGF Nature Energy Distribution A/S to Energinet .

Funen municipalities sell Nature Energy

15 March 2018

Eight municipalities in Funen have sold the commercial activities of the Nature Energy after 40 years of municipal ownership.

New owner makes Danish biogas manufacturer ready for investments worth billions

4 January 2018

The commercial activities in the Funen energy group, Nature Energy, have been sold to a consortium consisting of Pioneer Point Partners and Davidson Kempner.

The world’s largest e-sports tournament is coming to Denmark

14 August 2017

In December 2017 and for the next two years, Arena Fyn in Odense will host the finals of the world’s largest e-sports tournament - ESL Pro League - in the computer game Counter Strike. Horten has assisted Odense municipality in connection with the legal framework of the tournament.

Denmark ready for Tour de France

30 June 2017

The state and five cities - Copenhagen, Roskilde, Odense, Vejle and Sønderborg - are ready for the Tour de France Grand Départ. If Denmark is chosen as the venue, it will be the greatest sports event ever in Denmark.

The State Administration: Reconsideration of decision on access to inter-municipal enterprise's business information relevant for a tender procedure

16 February 2017

After having established that a decision was incorrect on several issues, the State Administration requested an emergency service organised as an inter-municipal enterprise to resume the matter and make a new decision. The inter-municipal enterprise had referred to section 30, no. 2 of the Act on public access to documents in public files (the "Act") as the basis of exempting information in consideration of the inter-municipal enterprise's future possibilities of putting out operational assignments to tender.

Are you allowed as a governm¬ent official to say that the municipal chief executive's "core competence may not be the truth"?

30 January 2017

According to the Ombudsman, it was in accordance with the rules of government employees' freedom of speech when a municipal employee was given a warning for writing on his Facebook profile that the municipal chief executive was "a person whose core competence may not be the truth".

Recent case law concerning access to documents - January 2017

19 January 2017

The limits as to when access to documents should be granted are clarified on a current basis. We have reviewed recent case law concerning access to documents and have summarised all relevant statements within the municipal areas below, including business information, identification requirement and data extraction.

New Advisory Board is to advise the government on a circular economy

2 November 2016

The government has set up an Advisory Board consisting of Danish business executives, who are going to advise the government on a circular economy thereby increasing enterprises' earning opportunities, promoting a more efficient utilisation of resources and minimising the environmental impact. The new measure was presented by the Minister of the Environment and Food, Esben Lunde Larsen, and the Minister of Business and Growth, Troels Lund Poulsen.

Aid to the Eurovision Song Contest was not illegal under municipal and state aid law

14 October 2016

On 12 October 2016, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Interior concluded in a statement that the aid provided through Projektselskabet by the City of Copenhagen and the Capital Region of Denmark to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 was legal.

The ombudsman: Dismissal of upper secondary school teacher was contrary to government employees' freedom of speech

5 September 2016

The ombudsman found that it was "strongly criticisable" that Campus Bornholm had dismissed a teacher for having criticised the employer.

New agreement on municipalities' economy in 2017

13 June 2016

The day after the Government and the Danish Regions presented an agreement on the regions' economy in 2017, it was published that the Government had also concluded an agreement with KL on the municipalities' economy in 2017.

Municipalities cannot take out insurance covering volunteers - yet

2 May 2016

The Ministry of Social Affairs and the Interior has put a - temporary - stop to the question whether municipalities can take out collective accident and liability insurance covering volunteers.

How to prepare and conduct a general meeting

11 April 2016

This article will answer the questions often asked when preparing a general meeting, which most municipal companies are required to hold annually.

Public-private investments in Greenland

9 March 2016

On 26 February 2016, Horten and Nuna Law Firm hosted a conference with focus on public-private investments in Greenland.

Ten things to know about the new water sector act

18 February 2016

The new Water Sector Act will come into force on 1 March 2016. What does the new Act imply? There are many major and minor amendments and, below, we will introduce you to ten of them.

After the legal action concerning road charges

12 February 2016

Road charges after the Supreme Court ruling - What should municipalities and supply companies be aware of?

Subsidies to agricultural activities covered by the local government mandate

9 February 2016

The State Administration: An association's sub-lease of land owned by the municipality was not considered an indirect municipal subsidy.

Supreme Court: Decisions concerning road charges were invalid

5 February 2016

The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Municipality of Slagelse that Forsyningssekretariatet's decisions concerning road charges were invalid.

EU action plan sets targets for future waste disposal

26 January 2016

"Closing the loop – an Action Plan for a Circular Economy" aims to reduce EU waste volumes. In Denmark, waste incineration is an important energy source, and the plan may therefore challenge the supply sector, says Sinne Conan, CEO of Konsentio, a public affairs bureau in Brussels.

The waste sector's role in a circular economy

21 January 2016

The development towards a circular economy requires major changes within the waste sector with focus on direct recycling, reuse and on complete removal of toxic materials. This is the assessment of the managing director of the Danish Waste Association, Jacob Hartvig Simonsen.