Environmental, planning and construction law

our experience and expertise

Horten is one of few Danish law firms providing full-service advice within environmental, planning and construction law. We have wide experience advising foreign companies and provide honest and objective advice on Danish law in the area and on the distinct legal differences between jurisdictions. We cooperate closely with an international network of environmental law experts, which means that we can provide prompt and efficient advice on all relevant aspects.  Our wide experience within due diligence - covering the period in which due diligence has been applied in Denmark - also includes the largest and most complex transactions within environmental law. 

Our special expertise derives from previous employment at relevant ministries with responsibility for legislation, case administration and service to ministers and decentralised authorities. In addition, we have many years' experience providing specific advice by way of responses to consultation papers and bills, advice in connection with drafting of applications, decisions and political recommendations. We have conducted some of the largest and most leading cases in Denmark within environmental, planning and construction law. We also have many years' experience in project and process management and legal and commercial advice based on numerous due diligence examinations, compliance programmes and transfers of undertakings and properties

We have broad international experience and advise on the consequences of EU regulations, global climate agreements and special rules in the individual jurisdictions. Our international advice is provided in close co-operation with environmental experts across the world.       

What we do

  • Ensuring that companies are only subject to legal government requirements as regards conduct and set-up
  • Ensuring that governmental regulation of companies' conduct and set-up meets the administrative requirements for e.g. examination of the parties involved and access to documents
  • Approvals, permits and exemptions
  • Ensuring that additional self-elected regulation safeguards and pursues the company's strategy and objectives
  • Supervisory, enforcement and criminal cases
  • Issues in relation to environmental, planning and construction law in connection with property and construction projects
  • Environmental due diligence in connection with transfers of undertakings and purchase/sale of properties
  • Screening of companies' environmental risks as a management tool together with strategies, investments and plans
  • Drafting of environmental clauses
  • Drafting of contract terms in relation to all environmental aspects, including contamination and planning
  • Complaints and claims for damages before valuation commissions
  • Litigation and arbitration


Horten recognised as leading law firm by Legal 500

13 April 2018

Horten is recognised as leading law firm within a wide range of legal disciplines. At the same time, 26 partners are nominated as being among the best legal advisers in Denmark.

New Managing Partner at Horten

2 January 2018

Finn Schwarz, Attorney and Partner, has been appointed Managing Partner of Horten Law Firm as of 1 January 2018.

Baltic Gas Pipe Project continues

26 July 2017

Phase 1 of the Open Season 2017 for the Baltic Pipe Project showed sufficient demand for gas transportation – making it possible for the activities to continue.

Horten advances in new Chambers and Legal 500 rankings

19 April 2017

In 2017, the leading international ranking agencies, Legal 500 and Chambers, are once again ranking Horten among the best law firms in Denmark.

The European Court of Justice raises questions about wind turbine planning

10 March 2017

In two new rulings, the European Court of Justice has construed the scope and legal effect of directive 2001/42 on the assessment of the effect of certain plans and programmes on the environment (the SEA Directive.

Four new specialised attorneys at Horten

7 March 2017

Horten has appointed four new specialised attorneys having in-depth professional and commercial expertise within personal data law, environmental and planning law, energy and supply law and tax law.

Does waste incineration play a role in a circular economy?

31 January 2017

The European Commission has published a new communication on the role of waste incineration in a circular economy. The purpose of the communication is to ensure an optimal energy exploitation of non-recoverable waste.

Global Leaders in Law appoints Horten as exclusive partner for Denmark

10 January 2017

Global Leaders in Law, the leading global general counsel forum based in London, and Horten has announced partnership. Appointed as a global bronze partner, Horten will sponsor the activities of Global Leaders in Law in 2017.

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.

New partner

15 August 2016

Horten strengthens the partner group and the expertise within environmental and public law with the admission of partner Anne Sophie K. Vilsbøll.

Amendments to the Planning Act - conclusion of political agreement

10 June 2016

On 9 June 2016, a political agreement was concluded between the Government, the People's Party, the Conservative Party and the Social Democrats concerning an amendment of the Planning Act.

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.

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.