Employment in Estonia

Cobalt

Cobalt has a reputation as one of the most prominent law firms in Estonia, and is currently advising Luminor on reorganising its management structure. Karina Paatsi and Pirkko-Liis Harkmaa head the practice, while senior associate Heili Haabu is another name to note.

Ellex

Ellex has strengthened its practice with the arrival of Gerli Kilusk and Kristiina Reinson following the firm's merger with Derling Primus. Practice head Martin Käerdi leads the firms advice to Hansab on a share option matter. Arne Ots and senior associate Reet Saks are also names to note.

Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co

Tambet Toomela heads Eversheds Sutherland Ots & Co's 'extremely professional' practice following Rando Maisvee's departure to Magnusson. The 'very proactive' Maivi Ots represented an individual in disputing an unfair dismissal by a state agency. Other key clients include G4S and MyJar.

Sorainen

Sorainen recently advised Airo Catering Services on the regulatory aspects of night and overtime work. Karin Madisson heads the 'always available' and 'top quality' practice, which also advised Magnetic MRO on restrictive covenants and trade secrets issues. 'Very responsive' senior associate Hanna Pahk is also highly recommended.

Derling Primus

Toomas Taube heads the employment practice at Derling Primus, which recently advised Redeem Nordics on carrying out a collective redundancy. Other key clients include Avon and Havi Logistics. Senior associate Alo Noormets is another name to note.

Magnusson

New arrival Rando Maisvee heads the employment law practice at Magnusson, which advised Zoo Planet on restructuring its employment documentation and benefits systems. The group also acts for Volvo Estonia and Dunlop Hiflex. Senior associate Sille Eerik is also recommended.

NJORD Law Firm

Headed by Katrin Sarap, NJORD Law Firm's 'knowledgeable' and 'reliable' employment practice is advising GoWorkaBit Estonia on the regulatory status of short-term and casual employment. The 'excellent' Triinu Hiob is assisting Kim Johansen Transport with the hiring of third-company employees. The Royal Danish Embassy of Estonia is another key client.

TARK

Led by Hannes Küün, the employment team at TARK is representing Transiidikeskuse in several disputes against the Estonian Seamen's Independent Union. Other key clients include the US Embassy and Bauroc.

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic's employment team successfully represented Merko Infra in a long-running dispute against a former project manager. The team is headed by senior associate Anu Kirss, and other key clients include Duglas & Duglas and Royal Canin.

FORT

At FORT, newly promoted partner Andreas Veeret heads the 'strong' employment practice along with the 'very reliableKirsti Pent. The firm represented Hansabuss in a dispute with a former employee, as well as advising on the company's employee bonus plan. Other key clients include Ergo Insurance and East Capital Real Estate.

Advokaadibüroo KPMG Law

As part of its role in the liquidation of Versobank, Advokaadibüroo KPMG Law advised on the collective redundancy of all bank employees. Karin Kaup heads the 'professional' practice, and associate Kaia Kuusler is also recommended.