Sverre B. Bjelland


Sverre B Bjelland. Photo.
Co-head of Energy, Shipping and Offshore group

Sverre is specialised in energy law, petroleum law and has extensive experience in general contract law and administrative law. He advises energy, oil and gas companies with both petroleum exploration, development and production projects, offshore and onshore wind projects and carbon capture and storage projects. Sverre has broad experience from advising E&P and energy companies in commercial contracts, regulatory issues, disputes and advising on transactions involving purchase of E&P and energy companies, assignment of oil and gas field interests and operatorships and wind projects.

Sverre has been Vice President in Statoil's (now Equinor) legal department. He has had management responsibility for legal advice to Statoil's E&P operations on the Norwegian continental shelf and its business area marketing, processing and renewable energy, hereunder offshore wind projects. He has worked as Assistant Director General in the Petroleum Law and Legal Affairs Section in the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Sverre has experience as an examiner in petroleum law and in general contract law at the University of Oslo and the University of Bergen respectively. Sverre has a broad legal expertise and experience within the E&P and energy industry.


  • 2023

    Ranked in Chambers and Partners in the category Energy: Oil and Gas: "Co-leading the department, Sverre Bjelland continues to advance in the rankings following impressive market recognition. He advises E&P and infrastructure companies on the full range of transactions, disputes and regulatory topics."
  • 2022

    Ranked in Chambers and Parters in the category Oil and Gas: “Sverre Bjelland advises E&P and infrastructure companies on transactions, disputes and regulatory topics. Clients describe him as an "outstanding petroleum law expert with a pragmatic business focus."
  • 2022

    Recommended in the category "Leading Individuals" – Legal 500
  • 2021

    Ranked in Chambers and Partners in the category Oil and Gas: “"very good knowledge of the E&P business" and adds: "He advises us very practically, and everything is easy to apply."”
  • 2021

    Recommended in the category “Leading Individuals” - Legal 500
  • 2020

    Recommended - Legal 500


  • 2000

    Cand. jur., University of Bergen


  • 2009

    Comment edition of the Petroleum Act , Universitetsforlaget

Quotes from others

  • "He is very responsive, providing great insight and analysis which benefits from both experience from the regulator side as well as industry practice. He is a great asset."

    Client referee, Chambers and Partners
  • "He is experienced with a good understanding of the market and he is very commercial."

    Client referee, Chambers and Partners
  • "He has always delivered to expectations and beyond."

    Client referee, Chambers and Partners
  • "Speedy and fit for purpose advice. I have worked especially with Sverre Bjelland and highly recommend him."

    Client referee, Legal 500