Jan-Erik Sverre

Partner (H)


Jan-Erik Sverre primarily advises on employment law, litigious matters and real estate transactions.

As a specialist in employment law, he is frequently invited to lecture on current topics in the field.

Jan-Erik has extensive practical experience of matters such as reorganisations and downsizings, transfers of undertaking, permanent appointment, temporary appointment/hiring of workers, personnel conflicts, dismissal with and without notice, whistleblowing cases, temporary lay-offs, working hours, corporate democracy, data protection and pension issues, as well as collective labour law. Jan-Erik has in-depth knowledge of the Civil Service Act and the Working Environment Act, and frequently advises public and private undertakings on the various sanctions and penalties available under employment law.

Jan-Erik is regularly engaged to assist with whistleblowing cases, and acts as the whistleblowing secretariat for various businesses. He has previously advised on a number of high-profile whistleblowing cases.

Jan-Erik acted as counsel for Bedriftsforbundet, an association of Norwegian enterprises, in the Holship case heard by the Supreme Court in 2016. He also has extensive litigation experience before the ordinary courts, the Labour Court and the Land Consolidation Courts, and of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms from appointments as both judicial mediator and counsel. He holds legal mediator certification from the Norwegian Bar Association.

Jan-Erik Sverre received his practising certificate in 2007, and was awarded Supreme Court rights of audience in 2016.

Further, Jan-Erik is a member of the panel of external judicial mediators appointed for Borgarting Court of Appeal and subordinate courts pursuant to section 8-4(4) of the Dispute Act.

Jan-Erik Sverre has published various articles on employment-related topics, including anti-discrimination rules and employee dismissal.


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Partner, Kvale
2010 - 2015
Partner, Bull & Co
2007 - 2009
Senior Associate, Bull & Co
2006 - 2007
Deputy Judge I, Oslo County Court
2005 - 2006
Deputy Judge II, Oslo County Court
2004 - 2005
Deputy Judge II, Hallingdal Court
2002 - 2004
Senior Executive Officer/Advisor, Ministry of Fishery and Coastal Affairs


Cand. jur., University of Oslo
Specialization, Company Law and Business Regulation, University of Oslo
Specialization, University of North Dakota