Employment in Latvia

Cobalt

Cobalt is a prominent name for advising international companies on local employment issues, attracting major names such as Hugo Boss, Johnson & Johnson and Radisson. This workload has entailed advising on immigration, major restructurings, remote working issues, share option plans, terminations and whistleblowing. Toms Šulmanis heads the employment and immigration team, with notable strengths in handling restructurings, redundancies and trade union issues.

Practice head(s):

Toms Šulmanis

Other key lawyers:

Ivo Maskalāns

Testimonials

‘I have primarily been in contact with Toms Sulmanis and my experiences are as follows: always very fast in responding, highly competent, flexible, professional and friendly.’

‘The team has experience in working with international clients and provides high-quality work product.’

Key clients

Goodyear

Cabot

Hugo Boss

Johnson & Johnson

Radisson

Evolution Latvia

Fragomen LLP

Nutricia

FullContact Inc.

Solvay

Lidl Latvia

Work highlights

  • Advised SEB Life Insurance on the employment law aspects of its cross-border merger.
  • Provided employment law advice to Solvay Business Services on collective agreements, non-solicitation matters, updates to the employment template documents, and fixed term employment contracts.
  • Advised Kone Lifti Latvija SIA on such issues as the restructuring of operations, employment contracts with the management, the implementation of global policies, the restructuring of the payment system, and non-discrimination issues.

Ellex

Ellex’s position as one of the largest law firms in the Baltics has enabled it to provide a full-service offering to its client base, which contains major employers such as Accenture, Booking.com and Merck Sharp & Dohme. Practice head Irina Kostina is an expert in employment disputes, particularly internal investigations and whistleblowing cases. Daiga Zivtiņa also focuses on contentious issues, most recently advising on employer’s liability matters. Both partners also handle day-to-day issues such as employee contracts and regulatory compliance. Disputes are also handled by Andris Lazdiņš, whose forte is in employee investigations, particularly in relation to white-collar crime cases. At a more junior level, senior counsel Iveta Ceple is 'a star' and focuses on the employment elements of major reorganisations.

Practice head(s):

Irina Kostina

Other key lawyers:

Daiga Zivtina; Iveta Ceple; Andris Lazdiņš

Testimonials

‘Ellex’s approach to our problems was very professional.’

‘They stand out for their professionalism and good understanding of the client’s problem. Everything is done on time and very carefully.’

‘Iveta Ceple is a star: her calm and well-organised way of working saved the client a lot. Iveta explained the legal landscape and risks in a simple and understandable way but also gave the client firm and clear directions on how to move forward – with great success.’

Key clients

Beam Suntory

Accenture

Oracle

SIA Orkla Care

Booking.com

Coca-Cola HBC Latvia

Radisson

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Cognizant

Developer of IKEA brand in Latvia

Heisterkamp Transport Latvia

Sanofi-Aventis

Eastnine Latvia

Bilesu Serviss

Work highlights

  • Advised Booking.com on various HR management issues in connection to the development of its business in Latvia.
  • Advised Printful Latvia AS on cross-border employment issues.
  • Providing regular legal assistance on different employment law issues to Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns

Eversheds Sutherland Bitāns is uniquely positioned as the most prominent international law firm in Latvia, with ‘extensive and vast knowledge of Latvian law’. Litigation is a key pillar of the practice, with its leader Māris Logins experienced at Supreme Court level. Logins has acted on cases involving contested dismissals and redundancies, as well as issues of workplace bullying and discrimination. He is supported by Elīna Muciņa, who brings a unique perspective to the practice having formerly worked at the Labour Department of the Ministry of Welfare. Also recommended is senior associate Jānis Siliņš, who focuses on employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Māris Logins

Other key lawyers:

Elīna Muciņa; Jānis Siliņš

Testimonials

‘Extensive and vast knowledge of Latvian law and common practice, and creative thinking, in addition to a great, service-oriented team.’

‘Māris Logins stands out as a true professional with a high level of interpersonal skills and understanding of deadlines, and great experience and knowledge.’

‘The firm employs high-class and very knowledgeable professionals. They provide individual attention and are available at any time of the day. They are always ready to help with professional advice.’

Key clients

“Ventspils nafta“ termināls”

LSC (formerly Latvian Shipping Company)

Berlin-Chemie/Menarini Baltic

PPD

Nestle

Grundfos Latvija

Latvian branch of Manpower Lit SAS

Volvo Truck Latvia

Rīgas satiksme

Carnikava Municipality

The British Council

Rīgas namu pārvaldnieks

TNT

Saulkrasti municipality

Work highlights

  • Represented Berlin Chemie/Menarini Baltic in two employment-related proceedings brought by employees.
  • Advised Ventspils oil terminal on the implementation of structural and organisation changes in a couple of departments leading to an employee redundancy.
  • Representing Rīgas satiksme in a dispute against a trade union  concerning a collective bargaining agreement.

Sorainen

Sorainen has been the port of call for employment work for big names such as Adidas, L'Oreal and Nike, among many others. This work has involved drafting documents and dealing with dismissals, as well as advising on major reorganisations and restructurings. The team handles both advisory and contentious issues, with a strong track record in employment litigation. Managing partner Eva Berlaus leads the team and is assisted by of counsel Andis Burkevics.

Practice head(s):

Eva Berlaus

Other key lawyers:

Andis Burkevics; Zane Paeglīte

Key clients

adidas Baltics

BRABANTIA LATVIA

L’Oreal Baltic

Concord Service Group

Storent

Sandoz d.d. branch in Latvia

Nokia Solutions and Networks

DANFOSS

SAP Latvia

Riga Graduate School of Law

Work highlights

  • Assisted adidas with employment law issues related to changing its operational model in Latvia.
  • Advising Nokia on employment law issues related to transferring certain functions to other group companies outside Latvia.
  • Advised Sandoz on developing a new employment contract template as well as providing other employment law-related advice.

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic advises major corporations on the full range of employment issues, including restructurings, terminations, grievance procedures, immigration and data protection. Andra Rubene has a significant client base of international companies, which she advises on contracts, terminations and TUPE issues. Linda Štrause is also a key figure and has been primarily advising clients on employment issues surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. Associate Toms Tīdemanis assists Rubene on most matters.

Practice head(s):

Andra Rubene; Linda Štrause; Toms Tīdemanis

Other key lawyers:

Nauris Grigals

Testimonials

‘Straight-to-the-point advice.’

‘We greatly appreciate the firm’s high level of professionalism, as well as its ability to deal with a wide range of legal issues.’

Key clients

Netflix Worldwide Entertainment, LLC

Marsh

GlaxoSmithKline

Boehringer Ingelheim

AS Latvenergo / AS Sadales tīkls

StenaLine

Hallgruppen AS

Aldaris AS / Carlsberg Group

SIA Intrum Global Technologies / Intrum Global Technologies

Laterna SIA

Work highlights

  • Advised Netflix on filming in Latvia and Lithuania, including employment issues.
  • Advised Marsh on various employment-related issues, including on template employment contracts with insurance and reinsurance intermediaries.
  • Advised Mars and Royal Canin on engaging, amending and terminating employment.

WALLESS (former Primus Derling)

The employment team at WALLESS (former Primus Derling) operates under the leadership of Sintija Radionova, who has broad capabilities across contentious and non-contentious matters. This workload has often consisted of terminations, restructurings and general compliance. The team's client base comes from a range of sectors, including financial services, transport, food processing and TMT.

Practice head(s):

Sintija Radionova

Testimonials

‘WALLESS provided exemplary service. Their attention to detail and precision came in handy when drafting employment contracts.’

‘Sintija Radionova provided her assistance with great precision and punctuality. She has a firm but caring approach.’

Key clients

Arctic Trawlers Ltd

CM Biomass Partners

Daltra UAB

Dan Store LSEZ SIA

Forevers SIA

Graanul Invest AS

Havas Latvia SIA

PG Wood

Sapiens International Corporation

Schenker SIA (a group company of DB Schenker)

SIA L-Ekspresis

Svenska Handelsbanken AB Latvijas filiāle

Tele 2 Shared Service Center

UAVFACTORY SIA

Uctam Baltics SIA

VG KVADRA PAK AS

Vilomix Latvija SIA

Work highlights

  • Advised  SIA L-Ekspresis on the development of its whistleblowing system, as well as providing regular assistance on various employment and management matters.
  • Represented Dan Store LSEZ SIA in various complex employment and management matters.
  • Advising Uctam Baltics SIA on various employment matters on regular basis.

Kronbergs Cukste Levin

Kronbergs Čukste Levin has a strong international client base, including DHL, Microsoft and Avon. The team's employment work has involved advising on issues such as immigration, employment contracts and dismissals, as well as non-competition and collective bargaining agreements. Practice head Valters Kronbergs has a strong background in employment matters, largely concerned with the aforementioned areas.

Practice head(s):

Valters Kronbergs

Key clients

Luther Law Firm

Gefco Baltics

Avon

Suncrisp SIA

DHL Latvia SIA

Vesta Consulting

Microsoft Latvia SIA and Microsoft Corporation

Reckitt Benckiser

Avesco SIA

Bridgestone

Aspect SIA Y

Essity Latvia SIA

4Finance

Electrolux

Rezidor

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvia and Radisson Blu Daugava

Zalaris HR Services Latvia

Reckitt Benckiser

Mars Baltic

Avon

Avesco

Pinsent Masons Germany LLP

Nordic Tankers Marine

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Suncrisp

DHL Logistics SIA

Work highlights

  • Advised Mihail Čekhov Riga Russian Theatre on trade union matters, terminations and the implementation of a code of ethics.
  • Advised a client on an employment matter concerning the breach of duty of faithful service and breach of non-competition clauses.
  • Advised Bridgestone on Covid-19 related employment issues and solutions.

LEADELL Vītols

LEADELL Vītols has advised on issues such as employee documents and agreements and NDAs, as well as contentious matters involving terminations. Disputes specialist IIze Jankevica leads the team and has acted on employment cases at Supreme Court level. She is supported by managing partner Karlis Vitols, an expert in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The team has particular expertise in the agriculture and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ilze Jankevica

Other key lawyers:

Karlis Vitols

Key clients

Agrochema

Agrochema Latvia

KRKA, d.d., Novo mesto

KRKA Latvija

Merrild Baltics

Gedeon Richter

Virtu

Will sensors

Gaschema

The Payment House

Work highlights

  • Advised Agrochema on employee transfers due to a reorganisation.
  • Advising Gedeon Richter on the procedure for employing a non-resident in Latvia.
  • Developing and implementing various internal employee procedures for Agrochema.

Rödl & Partner

The ‘proactive’ and ‘solution-oriented’ Rödl & Partner recently strengthened its employment team with the arrival of former sole practitioner Sanda Lāce, who is an expert in restructurings, business transfers and general compliance, as co-head of the practice. Fellow practice head Inese Lazdupe shares a similar skillset and also focuses on data protection issues. Kristīne Zvejniece and Dace Driče, who joined the team from WALLESS (former Primus Derling) in March 2020, are also key names. Technology and retail are two key sectors for the team.

Practice head(s):

Inese Lazdupe; Sanda Lāce

Other key lawyers:

Kristīne Zvejniece; Dace Driče; Arsēnijs Korabeļskis

Testimonials

‘In-depth expertise, fast solutions and response times, good communication.’

‘Proactive and solution oriented. Workable, efficient solutions in a short time period.’

Key clients

Arvato Systems GmbH

Dinair Filton SIA

HSH Chemie GmbH

SIROWA

VAN GRAAF GmbH (Peek & Cloppenburg)

VAN GRAAF Latvia SIA

Travelport

HÖGL shoe fashion GmbH

Stockholm School of Economics in Riga

cip marketing GmbH

AAF International BV

Festool LV SIA

TTS Tooltechnik Systems Beteiligungen GmbH

Quintessence consulting GmbH

RHL Hamburger Lloyd

Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG

Thales Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Schaeffler Baltic in a lawsuit regarding the termination of employment of a former manager.
  • Represented Dinair Filton in complex employment disputes with trade union involvement.
  • Advised the Latvian subsidiary of VAN GRAAF on compliance with employment laws and regulations.

VILGERTS

VILGERTS' multi-disciplinary employment team has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Jūlija Jerņeva handles general advisory work and is also capable of assisting with highly sensitive issues such as harassment, discrimination and unfair dismissals. Jānis Kubilis is another key figure, with expertise in both litigation and arbitration.