Employment in Estonia

Magnusson

The team at Magnusson acts for clients including Volvo Estonia and Inter Cars. Its workload includes the employment aspects of restructuring, day-to-day advice, and representing employers and employees in litigation. Senior associate Sille Eerik has notable expertise in cross-border employment matters, including overseas hires and the movement of workers. Maisvee successfully represented Clean Planet in litigation - a hearing that was broadcast publicly due to its significance to employment law. Rando Maisvee is now with Moss Legal.

Key clients

Volvo Estonia OÜ

OÜ Bestair Kaubandus

Inter Cars S.A.

Dunlop Hiflex Oy

European Fund Management Consulting OÜ

KSA Logica OÜ

OÜ Kiilto Eesti

Estonian Furniture Industry Association

Investly Holding OÜ

Association of Estonian Private Medical Services Providers

Work highlights

  • Advising Volvo Trucks on employment and data protection issues.
  • Advising the Estonian subsidiary of Inter Cars S.A. on its employment issues in Estonia, including handling the restructuring of the client’s agency system and transfer of employees, involving transfer of enterprise and accompanying liabilities.
  • Acted for Clean Planet in employment litigation.

Sorainen

Sorainen advises on a range of complex employment matters, including restructuring, contracts, employee terminations and collective bargaining, with a strong record in cross-border cases. The firm acts for a range of international clients in industries such as telecoms, retail, and IT, handling employment disputes and advisory work. Karin Madisson leads the practice, providing significant corporate expertise. Senior associate Hannah Pakh left to join Ellex.

Practice head(s):

Karin Madisson

Key clients

Siemens

Tieto

Teligent

AGA (Linde Group)

PKC Group

MarkIT

Sportradar

HKScan

Revino Farming

Work highlights

  • Advising Finnair on employment termination matters.
  • Advising Sportradar on complex employment and immigration matters.

Derling Primus

The practice at Derling Primus acts on the full range of employment matters including post-M&A restructuring, cross-border staff transfers, hiring and layoff advice, and labour disputes. The firm advises diverse international clients including Michelin Tires, Avon, and LMT, and frequently handles cross-border work. Practice head Toomas Taube is widely praised for his experience and 'hands-on' approach; he advised Corel Corporation as local counsel on the multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Parallel, including the transfer of employees, which involved complex aspects related to employment and immigration law.

Practice head(s):

Toomas Taube

Testimonials

Very professional and easy to work with. They are responsive and can meet short deadlines.’

Key clients

Avon

Redeem Nordics OÜ

Michelin Group

Latvian Mobile Telephone (LMT)

Corel Corporation

Ėolane Group

AS Liviko

Hireright

HAVI Logistics

Fort Aero AS

Work highlights

  • Advising Corel Corporation, as local counsel, on the multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Parallels’s business, including the transfer of employees and other employment-related matters.
  • Advising Redeem Nordics on a collective lay-off of approx. 80 employees, as well as on other employment law matters.
  • Assistance to Ėolane Group related to service agreements with top management, and immigration law matters related to the hiring of aliens.

Ellex

Ellex is a sought out by major national and regional corporate clients, including Eesti Energia and Marks & Spencer. Its work spans day-to-day employment advisory matters, as well as more complex contentious and non-contentious work, including the employment aspects of restructuring and defending clients against compensation claims. The practice is led by Martin Käerdi, with senior associate Reet Saks also noted. Hanna Pahk joined from Sorainen.

Practice head(s):

Martin Käerdi

Key clients

Marks & Spencer

Nordecon AS

Maxima Eesti OÜ

Eesti Energia AS

Dimedium AS

United Finance AS

Tere AS

Skeleton Technologies

Redgate Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising AS Gaasivõrgud on the employment aspects of its restructuring.
  • Advising Saint Gobain on its share offering to employees.
  • Representing Valmos against a compensation claim relating to working conditions and occupational disease.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co

Led by Tambet Toomela, the employment team at Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co acts for clients on a range of issues, including day-to-day employment advice, collective redundancy, and disputes over termination and workplace injury. The practice maintains a public profile through lectures and articles concerning new considerations in employment law including mental health, working environment, and harassment. Notable clients include G4S Eesti and the Estonian Bar Association. In one high-profile matter, Toomela advised on the dismissal of a doctor who refused to administer vaccines to children.

Practice head(s):

Tambet Toomela

Key clients

Tallinn Municipal Medical Centre

AS Eesti Keskonnateenused

Fleep Technologies OÜ

AS G4S Eesti

Estonian Bar Association

Oniar OÜ

Metsi OÜ

AS Postimees Grupp

Verston Holding OÜ

Work highlights

  • Advised on the high-profile dismissal of a doctor who refused to administer vaccinations, in an act of non-compliance with state immunisation laws.
  • Advised on structuring a collective redundancy framework for a company in liquidation, including drafting relevant documentation and providing day-to-day assistance.
  • Negotiated a settlement in a dispute over compensation due to a workplace injury.

NJORD Law Firm

NJORD Law Firm acts for a wide variety of corporate clients in industries such as IT, transport, finance and insurance, as well as working in the public sector, notably assisting SOS Children's Village with issues concerning the regulation of childcare workers, including lobbying on the issue in Parliament. Other work includes day-to-day advice, the drafting of employee contracts, the employment aspects of restructuring, and representing clients in disputes. Experienced employment specialist Katrin Sarap leads the practice, while litigator Triinu Hiob is prolific in work accident and occupational health cases.

Practice head(s):

Katrin Sarap

Key clients

ERGO Insurance SE

AQ Lasertool OÜ

SOS Children’s Village

Imepilt OÜ

Operail AS

Fontes PMP OÜ

Stoneridge Electronics AS

GoWorkaBit Estonia OÜ

Kim Johansen Transport OÜ

Itella Estonia

Work highlights

  • Advising SOS Childrens’s Village on the legal position of child carers with local municipalities, including lobbying in Parliament.
  • Assisting GoWorkaBit Estonia with the regulation of short-term employment conditions.
  • Representing Ergo Insurance in numerous employment disputes.

TARK

Hannes Küün leads the practice at TARK, which brings sector-specific experience to employment concerns in a number of industries, including IP/IT, manufacturing, banking and finance, retail,  transport and logistics. Matters include cross-border employment concerns, occupational safety, benefits and compensation, and trade union relations. Clients include Olympic Entertainment Group and My Fitness.

Practice head(s):

Hannes Küün

Key clients

Rakuten Group

Outfunnel OÜ

Klaus

Schmolz + Bickenbach Baltic OÜ

Pixster OÜ

Olympic Entertainment Group

MyFitness AS

Embassy of the United States

SDA Akademia OÜ

Work highlights

  • Advising Rakuten Europe on a collective redundancy and a new incentive system.
  • Representing Schmolz + Bickenbach in a dispute with a former employee regarding the employee’s non-compete clause.
  • Advising Olympic Entertainment Group on planning and implementing a management reorganisation strategy.

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic acts on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including temporary worker contracts, legislative advice, and representing businesses in disputes regarding employee termination and compensation. The practice is led by senior associate Anu Kirss, who primarily acts for clients in the retail, energy, pharmaceutical, and transportation industries.

Practice head(s):

Anu Kirss

Key clients

Žemaitijos pienas

Solis Biodyne

Schlössle Hotel Group

Biuro

Kodumaja

Philip Morris

Timbeco Group

Timbeco Woodhouse OÜ

Mammut Element

Morobell Keskühistu

Supelsaksad

Work highlights

  • Advising Solis Biodyne on a complex employment termination.
  • Advising Phillip Morris on recent and upcoming changes to Estonian labour law.
  • Advising Kodumajatehase and KM Element on negotiating agreements for additional temporary employees.

Cobalt

Karina Paatsi leads the practice at Cobalt, advising corporate clients on day-to-day and post-M&A employment considerations. Pirkko-Liis Harkmaa left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Karina Paatsi

FORT

FORT advises corporate clients primarily on day-to-day employment considerations including contracts and documentation, as well as more complex work including individual and collective terminations, notably advising Hansabuss on the collective termination of employee agreements and the negotiation of a new agreement. The practice is jointly led by Kirsti Pent and experienced litigator Andreas Veeret.

Practice head(s):

Kirsti Pent; Andreas Veeret;

Key clients

Tuleva

LNK Group

East Capital Real Estate

URETEK Baltic OÜ

Ecolines

Phoenix Group

Crowdestate

Etoiles OÜ

Viru Keskus

LHV Pank

OÜ Perton Ehitus

Work highlights

  • Advised Hansa Bussiliinid on a collective termination of employment agreements .
  • Assisted Hansabuss and Hansa Bussiliinid with the interpretation and application of the collective agreement with Estonian Transport and Road Workers’ Trade Union.

KPMG Law in Estonia

The 'flexible' team at Advokaadibüroo KPMG Law advises corporate clients primarily on day-to-day employment matters, including employee contracts and agreements, alongside more contentious work such as the termination of employment contracts and removal of board members, with cases argued before the Labour Disputes Committee. The practice is led by Karin Kaup, while 'pragmatic' associate Kaia Kuusler is also noted..

Practice head(s):

Karin Kaup

Key clients

Ramirent Shared Services AS

Cramo Estonia AS

AS Glamox

Datomia Research Labs OÜ

IIZI Group AS

Versobank AS (in liquidation)

SOL Baltics OÜ

Polybius Tech OÜ

FoodDocs OÜ

Indro Päll

UAB Ad Baltic

A & R Carton AS

Work highlights

  • Advised A&R Carton on the removal of a board member.
  • Represented Mr Indro Päll before the Labour Dispute Committee regarding the termination of his employment with Benefit AS.
  • Advised Versobank on the employment considerations of its liquidation.