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  1. Employment
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Karin Madisson - Sorainen
    • Rando Maisvee - Magnusson
    • Arne Ots - Ellex
    • Karina Paatsi - Cobalt
    • Katrin Sarap - Njord Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

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Cobalt focuses on advising foreign clients entering the Estonian market on the full spectrum of employment matters. Highlights included representing Nordica in civil proceedings that were initiated by a former employee of Estonian Air. Karina Paatsi and Pirkko-Liis Harkmaa are the key contacts. Heili Haabu is also noted.

At Ellex, newly promoted partner Martin Käerdi heads the group and Arne Ots is skilled at representing corporate clients in employment disputes. In a recent highlight, the group advised Teva Pharmaceutical Industries on the transfer of employees following a pan-Baltic acquisition. Reet Saks is a name to note.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co’s ‘lawyers understand their clients’ businesses very well’ and provide ‘high levels of service’; the team has substantial expertise in advising on trade union relations and collective bargaining arrangements. The group represented Wendre in an employment dispute. Rando Maisvee joined Magnusson in April 2018.

Sorainen’s team has the ‘competence to cover a broad range of large business matters well’. Exhibiting its cross-border capabilities, the group recently cooperated with its Lithuanian and Latvian offices to advise GlaxoSmithKline on various notices relating to employment transfers. Karin Madisson gives an ‘excellent strategic insight into the most complex matters’. Hanna Pahk is another name to note.

Teder Law Firm has particular expertise in union matters and data protection. Key clients of the broad practice include Ericsson. Practice head Pille Pettai is ‘always available’ and Iivi Otto is ‘very experienced’.

Derling frequently advises the Estonian subsidiary of the Michelin Group on various employment matters. Toomas Taube is ‘quick’ and Margo Lemetti is also recommended.

Katrin Sarap at Njord Law Firm frequently advises on labour disputes. Active clients include the Estonian Labour Inspectorate.

TGS Baltic’s employment group advises on a diverse range of issues such as labour disputes and cross-border matters. Senior associate Anu Sander is a key contact.

Tark’s employment department is considered a ‘strong team with vast experience’. The ‘very commercial’ Hannes Küün is the lead contact; the ‘very responsive’ Tanel Tark and senior associate Tauno Tark are also recommended.

KPMG Law provides a ‘prompt and professional service’ on employment matters. Karin Oras is a key contact.

Magnusson’s team has expertise in advising on employment issues in the life sciences, automotive, media, construction and retail sectors. Sille Eerik ‘really understands clients’ needs, always sees the bigger picture and tries to find the best solution’. Rando Maisvee was a new arrival in April 2018 from Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co.

Senior associate Indrek Ergma heads the team at Advokaadibüroo PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal OÜ, which advises clients such as Adcash on employment issues.

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