Jan Fougner

Jan Fougner

Advokatfirmaet Wiersholm AS

Recognized since 2009

Oslo, Norway

Practice Areas

Arbitration and Mediation

Labor and Employment Law


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Jan Fougner specializes in litigation and employment law and has extensive experience from a number of high-profile cases involving legal, political and reputational risks. He has litigated about 20 cases in the Supreme Court. Besides working Jan Fougner with contract law, petroleum law, administrative law, environmental law and torts. He is Adjunct Professor of Labour Law at BI and author of several textbooks. He lectures regularly and has extensive experience in public and private boards, councils and committees. He has also led several major investigations.

Jan Fougner has extensive experience in leadership and change processes where collective labor law framework and recovery of employer's managerial prerogative is central. He is also leading in Norway on compliance, anti-corruption, corporate penalties, conflict and crisis and subsequent remediation processes under both Norwegian and international laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Jan Fougner ranks as Norway's foremost expert on the investigation in Norwegian newspapers attorney examination.

Fougnerbakken won support in the Supreme Court that lawyers' investigation work, the clear rule, is subject to confidentiality and thus exempt from the obligation to submit on an equal footing with other legal work.

Fougnerbakken was the key external advisor in restructuring the significant Norwegian production business.

Fougnerbakken was the key external advisor on several changes of management in large Norwegian companies.

Fougnerbakken was the key external advisor when changing collective agreement regime in large Norwegian production business.

Fougnerbakken has been central to the Supreme Court's clarification of the scope of the employer's managerial prerogative. Fougnerbakken received in 2014 impact of the Supreme Court that it requires a lot of prejudice to the employer's discretion in employment cases, also by allegations of discrimination.

Contact & Links


  • Dokkveien 1, 6 etg.
    PO Box 1400 Vika
    Oslo 0115

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Norway 2018-19 for work in:

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Litigation

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