Norway is one of Scotland's biggest export markets while a significant number of Norwegian companies operate in Scotland, employing thousands of people and providing inward investment.

Norway has often been held up as a model for Scotland to follow economically, and the links between the countries go back centuries. Indeed Shetland, where Harper Macleod has a permanent office, was formerly part of Norway and Lerwick is almost as close to Bergen as it is to the Scottish mainland.

Harper Macleod has carried out a significant amount of work in Norway, working with many Norwegian businesses and organisations in areas such as shipping, aquaculture, and energy.

We have also carried out varied and often complex IP work. We have acted for a UK-based oil and gas sector technology developer and consultancy business in relation to multi million pound development and licensing arrangements concerning patented oilfield technologies. We have also advised one of the UK's leading healthcare brands on internet based brand rights infringement matters. Further we have often worked for non-EEA counsel, managing rights acquisition and freedom to use projects which have included the Norwegian territory.

Other experience has included: 

  • Assisting clients in relation to the review of Licence and Distribution Agreement (and the effect under Norwegian law).
  • Advising client on a potential joint venture in Norway.
  • Acting for a UK subsidiary of a Norwegian company.

Key contact - Chris Kerr

Chris is one of our Corporate Partners, and is the Lead Partner for Harper Macleod's Highlands, Islands & Moray operation.  Through this - and particularly our Shetland presence – he has an increasing amount of experience in transacting with Norway, principally in relation to the marine economy.