As at 1 January 2015, Poul Schmith entered into a new agreement with the Danish Ministry of Finance. Under the new agreement, the function of kammeradvokat no longer relates to an individual, as was formerly the case, but to the law firm. From 2004 up to and including 2014, attorney Karsten Hagel-Sørensen had acted as kammeradvokat.
The first kammeradvokat in private practice was supreme court attorney Arne Kemp. In 1936, he founded the law firm now known as Law Firm Poul Schmith. Since then, every kammeradvokat has been part of that firm.
The office of kammeradvokat goes back a long time. It was created by King Christian V in 1684, where the kammeradvokat had to be the attorney to the King’s kammer, i.e. the treasury.
From the 1850’s the office was held by supreme court attorneys by appointment, but on 1 January 1936 the public office was discontinued, and the kammeradvokat was no longer a public servant. An attorney in private practice was considered to be better qualified than a public servant to conduct the government’s cases before the courts and provide advice in that connection.
At the same time, it was felt that an arrangement involving a permanent kammeradvokat would provide for an accumulation of expertise combined with specific knowledge and experience of the government administration. Therefore, the function was preserved.
Persons holding office as kammeradvokat since 1936:
1936 - 1953
1953 - 1965
H. O. Hansen
1965 - 1982
1982 - 1992
1992 - 2004
M. Gregers Larsen
2004 - 2014