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Marco Lilli


CMS Kluge Advokatfirma AS
Bryggegata 6
NO-0250 Oslo
PO Box 1548 Vika
NO-0117 Oslo
Languages Norwegian, English, Italian

Lilli has more than 25 years of experience in consulting and litigation related to labour law, which is his main working area.

Lilli advises employers and employer organizations on a wide range of labour law issues, including employment contracts, incentive schemes, downsizing, transfer of undertakings, hiring-in, posting and collective agreements.

Lilli’s clients are mainly national and international companies and public bodies. Among the clients are some of the largest Norwegian corporations, as well as major international firms and the Norwegian state. For instance, he has for years been the main responsible for all external labour law assistance to DNV GL (14.000 employees all over the world) and the Nokas Group (5.000 employees), and he has also given extensive labour law assistance to the Kvaerner group. He also advices major international firms like Nike and ITW Inc. on a regular basis.

Lilli is recommended within the field of employment law in Chambers and Legal 500. He is also head of the Norwegian Association of Lawyers’ expert committee on employment law (“Juristforbundets fagutvalg for arbeidsrett”).

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Relevant experience

  • 1998 Partner, CMS Kluge Advokatfirma AS (prev. Kluge Advokatfirma AS)
  • 1994 - 1998 Attorney, Kluge Advokatfirma
  • 1993 - 1994 Deputy judge, Nedre Romerike District Court
  • 1990 - 1993 Associate and senior associate at the Attorney General of Oslo, civil cases in Oslo
  • 1988 - 1989 Research assistent, Institute of Public Law, University of Bergen
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Memberships & Roles

  • Head of Norwegian Association of Lawyers’ expert committee on employment law («Juristforbundets lovutvalg for Arbeidsrett»)
  • Member of the Norwegian Bar Association.
  • Board member various companies
  • External examiner University of Oslo for Employment law master students
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Awards & Rankings

Lilli is ranked as a 'leading individual' within Employment by both Chambers Europe and Legal 500.

Marco Lilli has a deep knowledge of employment law, and he is impressive in providing initial “to the point” legal guidance on the basis of limited factual information.
Legal 500, testimonials 2022

Marco Lilli combines well reasoned and prescient advice with a pleasant and easy-going personality.
Legal 500, 2020

Marco Lilli heads the practice from the firm's office in Oslo and acts on a range of employment issues, including reorganisations, workforce reductions, and TUPE matters. Clients greatly appreciate his dynamic work capabilities and professional advice, one noting: "He has an excellent ability to understand the case, provide clear advice and act as a trusted adviser in all kinds of challenging matters."
Chambers, 2022

emea recommended lawyer 2022



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  • Karnov/Lovdatas kommentarer til statsansatteloven (together with three colleagues in CMS Kluge)
    Publishing date fall 2021. Karnov' comments will be integrated into Lovdatas database.
  • Virksomhetsoverdragelse i statlig sektor 
    Arbeidsrett, Vol XVIII nr. 1. 2021, Universitetsforlaget. 
  • Vederlagsbegrepet i ferieloven (sammen med Ove Vanebo)  
    Arbeidsrett, Vol XV nr. 1. 2018 Universitetsforlaget. 
  • Oppsigelse og etterfølgende permittering
    Arbeidsrett, Vol V nr. 4 2009 s. 231, Universitetsforlaget.
  • En varemerkesaga 
    Lov og Rett 2007 s. 507. Universitetsforlaget.
  • Konkurranseutsetting av kommunale oppgaver når kommunen opptrer med to hatter
    Lov og Rett 1-2 2004, Universitetsforlaget.
  • Kommunale velferdstiltak - skadelig for konkurransen?
    Lov & Rett; 1/2001, s.50. Universitetsforlaget.
  • Forholdsmessighetsprinsippet i EU-retten og dets betydning i norsk rett
    Lov & Rett; 9/1999, s.515-536. Universitetsforlaget.
  • The Principle of Proportionality and its Application in Norwegian Law, European University Institute publications, 1997.
  • Private vaktselskap
    Det juridiske fakultets skriftserie nr. 27 1990, s.75. Universitetet i Bergen.
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Lectures list

  • «Prosedyre av arbeidsrettssaker», (Lecture at supplementarty training for Norwegian justices).
  • «Rettskrav på stilling ved omorganisering i staten», lecture at Juristenes Utdanningssenters annual Employment course.
  • «Gjennomgang av årets rettspraksis i arbeidsrett» 2017 and 2018, lecture at Juristenes Utdanningssenter’s annual Employment course 2018 and 2019
  • «Permitteringsreglene», lecture for Juristforbundet, Privatgruppen.
  • «Hvordan bør arbeidstidsreglene være», lecture at Juristforbundets annual «juristkongress»
  • «Alt du bør vite om personaljuss», a three day course arranged by Confex).This course ha been held each semester, for about 10 times, with excellent feedback from the participants.
  • «Lederens verktøykasse», personnel law for managers, one day course, arranged by Confex.
  • «Ny arbeidsmiljølov», half day course, arranged by Confex.
  • «Tilretteleggingsplikt overfor syke arbeidstakere», half day course for Arbeids- og velferdsdirektoratet/NAV
  • «Midlertidig ansettelse og tjenstlige reaksjoner i offentlig sektor», half day course for Arbeids- og velferdsdirektoratet/NAV and Helsedirektoratet
  • «Ny statsansattelov» – lecture for selection of clients in public sector.
  • “Reglene om oppsigelse/avskjed og ordensstraff i ny statsansattelov», lecture for Luftfartstilsynet.
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  • 1990 Cand.jur., University of Bergen
  • 1997 Master of European Law [LL.M], European University Institute in Florence
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