Hanne Rahbæk

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Hanne Rahbæk is specialised in the handling of court cases/litigation and has for many years been engaged in the field of criminal law. Since her employment with the Danish Ministry of Justice, Hanne has been working with criminal proceedings as a prosecutor and at the Director of Public Prosecutions. Hanne has also served as assistant district judge and therefore has a thorough knowledge of procedure and deliberations on the part of police, the Prosecution Service and the courts.

Hanne will always give you exact information regarding the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Most people know that acquittal is not always an option. Consequently, good counselling is aimed at getting the client through the criminal proceedings as well as possible from the first interrogation at the police until the final ruling.

Hanne is engaged in all aspects within the area of criminal law and has conducted several cases on white-collar crime, including within tax legislation. When legislation becomes more complicated, or in the event of clashes between more sets of rules, Hanne is highly recommended as defence counsel. This also goes for i.a. medical liability cases, criminal cases within speciel legislation and cases where other legal rules, e.g. the Danish Administration Act, are of importance. Hanne has acted as lay representative in a number of investigative commissions and assisted in the legal inquiry in the Instruction Commission.

Through many years, Hanne has been a member of various pre-legislative committees within criminal law and criminal law administration, and she has contributed to books on criminal law issues.

As the famous Danish cartoonist and humorist, Storm P., once said: ”The best thing in life is a clear conscience. The second-best thing is a good lawyer.”


Memberships and honorary offices

  • The Danish Bar and Law Society
  • National Association of Defence Lawyers
  • The Danish Supreme Court Bar Association
  • Danish Association of Litigation Attorneys
  • European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA)
  • Member of The Special Court of Indictment and Revision (1 February 2015 -)
  • Member of the Criminal Law Council (2019 -)
  • Member of the Criminal Justice Committee set up by the Ministry of Justice (2004 – )
  • Board member in the Danish Association of Criminologists
  • Board member in the National Association of Defence Lawyers (2017 -)
  • Board member in the Copenhagen Bar Association (2007-2012)
  • Member of the General Council of the Danish Bar and Law Society (2007-2011)
  • Member of the Criminal Law Committee under CCBE (2007-2011)
  • Medlem af the Criminal Justice Committee set up th the Danish Bar and Law Society (2007-2017)


Born 1964
Danish Bar Admission 1994
Admitted to the Danish Supreme Court 2003

  • 2004 – : Partner, Nyborg & Rørdam Law Firm
  • 1996 – 2004: Attorney-at-law, Nyborg & Rørdam Law Firm
  • 1995 – 1996: Employed in the department of the Danish Ministry of justice with sideline occupation with Nyborg & Rørdam Law Firm
  • 1993 – 1995. Assistant district judge at the District Court of Nykøbing Falster
  • 1990 – 1993: Employed in the department of the Ministry of Justice with sideline occupation at the Copenhagen Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Denmark


  • 1990: Master of Laws (University of Copenhagen)


  • 2013: Criminal law procedure courses for attorneys
  • 2009: External lecturer at seminar in Hanoi, ”Adversarial Court Procedures in Practice”
  • 2008: Investigations regarding the establishment of a national bar and law society in Vietnam
  • 2007: External lecturer at seminar in Hanoi, ”Adversarial Court Procedures in Practise”
  • 1996 – 1999: Teaching assistant in criminal law at the University of Copenhagen
  • 1998 – 1999: ”Introduction to Criminal Law and Justice in Denmark”, University of Copenhagen
  • 1997 – 1998: Teaching assistant in litigation at the University of Copenhagen

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