Merete Bårdsen

Position: Attorney-at-law / Partner

Phone: (+47) 92 21 02 94


Areas of Expertise

Merete Bårdsen’s primary area of practice is employment law. Her practice covers all aspects of individual and collective employment law, including pensions. She has extensive experience of negotiating and resolving employment disputes in the ordinary courts, the national Labour Court, the EFTA Court and the specialist dispute resolution organs. She has broad experience of advising on restructuring and downsizing processes, business transfers and cross-border employment relationships. She also lectures regularly on various aspects of employment law. She also works with real estate law, including expropriation.


Partner in Wahl-Larsen since 2004
Senior associate, Wiersholm, 2003-2004
Counsellor for Labour and Social Affairs at the Norwegian Mission to the EU (Brussels), 2000-2003
Legal counsel, Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise, Legal Dept., NHO, 1995-2000
Deputy judge, Asker og Bærum District Court, 1993-1995
Associate at Gram, Hambro & Garman, 1989-1993
Clerical officer, Ministry of Trade and Industry, 1987-1988


Law degree, University of Oslo, 1987
Master of Legal Institutions, University of Wisconsin, 1989
Licence to practice 1991

Core Competency

Employment law and pensions
EU/EEA law
Real estate law
Expropriation and valuation
Dispute resolution and litigation


Chairman in Waages foundation
Member of committee on AFP early retirement scheme, LO/NHO, 1997 – 2000
Member of the Appeals Board on Sick Pay during Employer’s Liability Period, 1998-2000


“Kollektiv arbeidsrett” (Collective labour law), co-author, published by Universitetsforlaget 2004


Scandinavian languages and English