Bjørn-Erik has more than 35 years of experience in private practice and as a senior civil servant with a special focus on the oil and gas sector, infrastructure and the restructuring of public service functions.

He regularly advises private- and public enterprises, national- and international interest organizations, Norwegian central- and regional administrations and the authorities of foreign countries on contract law, petroleum- and energy law, administrative law and public international law.

Bjørn-Erik has particular experience in guiding newly established players on the Norwegian continental shelf, legal aspects arising out of developing, financing and operating complex cross-border projects such as unitization and subsea pipelines, and associated transactions.

He also has significant experience in developing and enforcing legislation and related petroleum legal frameworks and bilateral intergovernmental agreements, as well as advising on legal issues at the intersection between coastal- and flag state regimes.

Bjørn-Erik Leerberg is unique, not only in that he provides you with the best solution but also teaches you how to achieve the better solutions to the problems that have been presented. Always in a good mood and always available to help. His capacity for learning in new cases is amazing. The best professional I have worked with.

- Legal 500

He is a very dedicated person, with great knowledge of legal matters in oil and gas.

- Chambers and Partners

Bjørn-Erik Leerberg is highly experienced in advising foreign governments on the development of oil and gas legal frameworks.

- Chambers and Partners


2003 - (today) Partner, Advokatfirmaet Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS
2001 - 2003 Partner, Advokatfirmaet PWC AS
1998 - 2001 Senior Manager, Advokatfirmaet PWC
1996 - 1998 Deputy Director General, Head of Petroleum Law and Legal Affairs, Oil & Gas Department, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
1991 - 1996 Assistant Director General, Head of Legal Affairs Division, Oil & Gas Department, Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
1989 - 1991 Dep. District Judge, Nes District Court, Sørumsand, Norway
1988 - 1989 Head of Division, Legal Affairs Section, Police department, Norwegian Ministry of Justice
1988 Executive Secretary to the Fostervoll Royal Commission
1986 - 1988 Executive Officer, Legal section, Police Department, Norwegian Ministry of Justice


1998 Oxford Energy seminar, St. Cathrine College, United Kingdom
1993 Shell International Executive seminar, IMD Lausanne, Switzerland
1985 Cand. Jur, University of Oslo
1982 Private International Law seminar, Academy of International Law - International Court of Justice in Haag, The Netherlands