Mette Klingsten

Mette Klingsten is Partner of the boutique law firm Mette Klingsten which is exclusively specialized in providing counsel on Danish Employment and Labour Law along with international aspects of Labour Law.

Mette, who has an eye for effective and solution-oriented advice,  provides counsel on all aspects of labour and employment law to Danish and foreign companies, institutions as well as managers and executives.

She litigates on behalf of clients in both industrial and private arbitrations, as well as in court – including the Labour Court and the Supreme Court of Denmark.

In addition to her practice, Mette Klingsten is also a lecturer (and winner of the Lecturer of the Year at Copenhagen University, Law, in 2005) and was recognized with an award by her peers in 2011 for her contribution to the development of Danish Labour Law. Mette is also an accomplished author having written and contributed to a number of employment and law publications such as:

  • Ansættelsesretlige aspekter af virksomhedsoverdragelse – Author 2016
    (Employment Law Aspects in Relation to Business Transfers)
  •  Erhvervsstrafferetten – Co-author 2015
    (Corporate Criminal Law)
  • Lov om kollektive afskedigelser – Co-author 2014
    (The Collective Redundancies Act, 2nd Edition)
  • Personalehåndbogen – Jura og HR – Co-author 2010
    (Staff Manual, Law and HR, 1st Edition)
  • Funktionærret  – Co-author 2011
    (Salaried Employee, 4th edition)

Mette Klingsten is recognized for her work in the field of Danish Employment and Labour Law by the leading international legal guides Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Europe. In their words:

Mette Klingsten of Mette Klingsten Law Firm advises on all types of employment law matters, including advisory work and contentious issues. She has represented Danish and foreign companies in the Labour Court and in arbitration.
–          Ranked in Band 2 by Chambers 2017

Mette Klingsten of Mette Klingsten Law Firm specializes in labour and employment law, offering expert advice on matters such as incentive schemes, transfers of undertaking, outsourcing and collective dismissals.
–          Ranked in Band 2 by Chambers 2016

Specific skills:

  • Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Transfer of Businesses and Employees
  • Bonus and Incentive Programs
  • Negotiation of Severance Agreements
  • Mass Redundancies
  • Insourcing and Outsourcing
  • Industrial Arbitration

Spoken languages:

  • Danish
  • English
  • Knowledge of the Scandinavian languages

Professional memberships:

  • EELA – European Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • IBA – International Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers’ Association of Demark
  • Bar Association of Denmark
  • Danish Association of Arbitrators
  • Admitted to the Supreme Court
  • Danish Management Society – Member

Selected Board memberships

  •  Chairman of the Board for Copenhagen Phil (appointed by the Minister of Culture)
  • Board member in the Royal Danish Theatre (appointed by the Minister of Culture).


  • University of Aarhus – Master of Law 1994