Cornelii Sandberg works at Vasa Advokatbyrå, a law firm based in Sweden. His company mainly deals with contract breaches, and it has an office in France along with contacts in Thailand. Construction is one of the major branches for the firm.
Cornelii, how did you get involved with a construction law firm?
I have known the owner for a long time, so when a position opened I took it. I am looking forward to making a difference for this law firm. Construction law is a big branch for us, although we do other things as well.
What kinds of construction contracts and disputes does your firm deal with?
It can be a construction that is overdue and there needs to be an agreement about what to do next. Or it can be a small home owner who gets a really bad carpenter. And of course, the carpenter can get a bad client and need our help. We work with people as well as companies.
Do you generally advise and represent construction companies or the people they are building for?
We usually come in later. We mostly work when a contract is unfulfilled, by any party. If it goes into court we will represent our client with as many lawyers as we deem fit.
Your firm has offices in France and links to Thailand – do you deal with a lot of international contracts?
It happens. Europe is rather harmonized and uses Latin law as a base, although variations exist. In Thailand we help foreign home owners with legal advice.
What are some of the challenges your team faces when dealing with French and Thai law?
The language barriers. We have French speaking personal, but it would be great if knowledge of English was more common, like it is in Sweden. Same thing with Thailand and at times we have to have translators for some dialects.
Does your firm have plans to expand any further overseas?
We have contacts in USA, but we are not sure as of yet if we should expand to that area as well. It would be best to team up with a law firm in the USA and help them with European matters.