Employment in Lithuania

Cobalt

The 'highly professional' team at Cobalt leverages the size and scale of the practice to handle the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters for clients. Dalia Foigt-Norvaišienė, who chairs the employment practice, is notably strong in international arbitration cases. She is also skilled in handling day-to-day issues, as well as the employment aspects of corporate transactions. Corporate lawyer Žilvinas Kvietkus has a strong focus on employment and labour law, and has advised on TUPE transfers, immigration and whistleblowing issues. Elsewhere in the team, clients have highlighted 'amazing' senior associate Jovita Valatkaitė for praise.

Practice head(s):

Dalia Foigt-Norvaišienė

Other key lawyers:

Žilvinas Kvietkus; Jovita Valatkaitė

Testimonials

‘Highly professional team, with great attention to detail. Compared to other teams, Cobalt stands out for its high ethical standards, politeness, attention to nuances, diplomacy. Complicated cases are led (supervised) by highly experienced partners.’

‘Lawyers and partners are not only knowledgeable in their particular areas, but also well informed about developments in other areas, and politics, and life in general.’

‘Jovita Valatkaitė is amazing. Client-oriented, truly practical and always on point. She has an ability to understand the needs of her clients to a very deep level in which you feel always being served with the best possible commitment level of service. She is my go-to-person, definitely’

Key clients

Western Union

Wolt Enterprises Oy

R1 RCM (Intermedix)

Wecash

Mambu

Walmark

KONE

Ryanair

Bloomberg

Bayer

CITCO

Yazaki

Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania

Arxan Technologies, Inc

Ruukki Lithuania

Onninen

LIDL Stiftung

Global Blue

DHL

ALD automotive

TNT

AT&T

Amilina (Roquette group)

Fortum

Work highlights

  • Advised AT&T on complex employment law issues, such as transfer of business and of the employees, confidentiality, non–compete undertakings etc.
  • Provided advice to R1 RCM on the winding down of its activities in Lithuania and the dismissal of over 400 employees in total.
  • Assisted STADA Arzneimittel with employment-related matters in the acquisition of Walmark.

Ellex

Ellex's employment team is a port of call for major employers such as Sanofi, AbbVie and Uber. Practice head Ramūnas Petravičius focuses on contentious issues, and his recent work included matters involving illegal strike actions and mass terminations. He is also very active in assisting clients with the employment aspects of corporate transactions. Rimantas Stanevicius has recently advised on employees being solicited by a competitor.

Practice head(s):

Ramūnas Petravičius

Other key lawyers:

Rimantas Stanevicius

Testimonials

‘I find the speed of how fast Ellex replies and provides solutions or recommendations to be very impressive. I can be sure that, after my email is sent, I will receive the reply within the same day, which is crucial in some cases. The information is always provided in a simple yet professional matter, so everyone could understand. ’

‘On-time consultations and all-inclusive top-level services in the employment arena. Each team member brings the best practice to the specific aspect of the issue. All lawyers are involved in a specific case and provide the best insights.’

Ellex Valiunas is by far the most well known legal partnership in Lithuania and could be considered a sign of quality in many fields.’

‘Ellex’s employment team finds the best business-oriented solutions and are also our valuable partner in business personnel management.’

‘Ramūnas is for sure the most recognized and leading individual in the market. Without his broad approach and excellent negotiation skills, he also tries and finds the way to go to agreements which saves our money and time and we can devote them to business development.’

Key clients

Biogen Inc.

Booking.com

UAB “IBM LIETUVA”

H & M Hennes & Mauritz UAB

Trustpilot A/S

Bazaarvoice Inc.

AbbVie Inc.

Uber Technologies, Inc.

Veho Oy Ab

HCL Technologies

Sanofi

Pfizer Inc.

Tetra Pak

SAI Global

Work highlights

  • Assisting AbbVie with the local implementation of the global transaction whereby the client has acquired Allergan Plc.
  • Advised Uber on lay-off of part of its employees in Lithuania as part of its global job cuts plan.
  • Advised Biogen on the employment aspects of the establishment and commencement of operations in Lithuania.

ILAW LEXTAL

ILAW LEXTAL has an excellent labour law offering, and its team often advises on complex disputes before the Supreme and regional courts. Managing partner Tomas Bagdanskis has been active in disputes concerning unfair dismissals and collective bargaining agreements. He works with Vilius Mačiulaitis, who has also been advising clients on unfair dismissal disputes, as well as accidents at work. Mantas Mikalopas is a key name for trade union work.

Practice head(s):

Tomas Bagdanskis; Vilius Mačiulaitis; Mantas Mikalopas

Key clients

Lietuvos bankas

Decathlon

StrongPoint

Rėkyva

DS-1

AQ Wiring Systems

Baltic Agro

Manpower Lit

Klaipėdos smeltė

Bureau Veritas Lit

Work highlights

  • Advised the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists on amendment projects of  their labour code.
  • Represented a trade union in the District Court of Vilnius City regarding possible discrimination of trade union members in relation to other employees of the institution.
  • Represented an employee  in a case, where the Supreme Court set a new case law regarding Article 59 of the Labour Code .

Sorainen

Sorainen's varied workload ranges from day-to-day advice to court litigation before the Supreme Court. Practice head Algirdas Pekšys is an expert in handling employment contracts, as well as advising on HR policies and procedures. Of counsel Agnietė Venckienė, who regularly assists the firm's international client base, is notably adept in handling dismissals and disciplinary issues. Nasdaq and RB Rail are among the key clients.

Practice head(s):

Algirdas Pekšys; Agnietė Venckienė

Key clients

HCL Technologies

PKC Group Lithuania UAB

Wizz Air Hungary Ltd.

Genus Technologies Ltd

EUROMONITOR INTERNATIONAL – EASTERN EUROPE UAB

GetJet Airlines UAB

KAYAK Software Corporation

Metsotec Oyj

Nasdaq Vilnius Services UAB

Outokumpu Oyj

Pepco Poland Sp. z o.o.

RB Rail AS

Vienna Insurance Group AG Wiener Versicherung Group

DXC

Work highlights

  • Advised Vienna Insurance Group on the employment aspects of consolidating the business of its non-life insurance companies in the Baltics.
  • Represented an energy company in the Supreme Court, forming new court precedent on information and consultation with employee representatives.
  • Advised Wizz Air Hungary Ltd. in all employment aspects related to Covid-19 crisis.

Deloitte Legal, Professional Partnership of Advocates

Deloitte Legal, Professional Partnership of Advocates advises on all aspects of employment, with stand out strengths in immigration matters. Managing partner Tomas Davidonis, who leads the team, has been advising major employers in Lithuania such as its airports and its national broadcaster LRT.  Managing associate Gintare Stoniene is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tomas Davidonis

Other key lawyers:

Gintare Stoniene

Key clients

Lithuanian Airports

Peek & Cloppenburg

Lithuanian National Radio and Television

Fedex/TNT

Google

Hoerbiger

Aurora Cannabis Inc.

Continental Automotive

Unilever

Oracle

Moller Auto

Roche Lietuva UAB

Stanley Black&Decker

Charlot

Lithuanian Agriculture Advisory Services

TECE

Happymagenta

Work highlights

  • Represented Lithuanian Airports in a labour dispute at the Labour Dispute Settlement Body in respect to employee’s claims.
  • Represented Lithuanian National Radio and Television in a labour dispute at the Labour Dispute Settlement Body and court in respect of an employee’s claim.
  • Provided a full scope of migration law services to Oracle, including specialised advice on employees’ relocation models in Lithuania.

ECOVIS ProventusLaw

Fielding 'a dedicated employment team',  ECOVIS ProventusLaw undertakes contentious and non-contentious matters involving issues such as employee contracts, tax,  data protection, incentive schemes and immigration, among others. Practice head Loreta Andziulytė has the added advantage of being a certified data protection specialist. Senior associate Brigida Bacienė is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Loreta Andziulytė

Other key lawyers:

Brigida Bacienė

Testimonials

‘ECOVIS ProventusLaw has a dedicated employment team. Their team consists of professional, responsive, and responsible specialists. Knowledge and availability. They understand business needs and provide legal advice on how things can be implemented, as well as they are following the newest changes in the labour law and providing updates as soon as new requirements or courts.’

‘Loreta Andziulytė exhibits professionalism and has deep knowledge of labour laws.’

‘Firstly, they tend to provide us with answers and information promptly in a very clear and detailed way. This law firm is the law firm that you want to have as your partner for any employment issues, since they give strong attention to detail, always try to drive the process forward. Secondly, a combination of the firm’

‘Loreta Andziulytė is a very business-minded person, who definitely provides us with the necessary legal services while always thinking about the aspects that would be best for us as a company. Also, not only the legal experience of Loreta Andziulytė stands out, but the quick response times for answering our queries are in our opinion uncommonly fast and always appreciated from our side. ’

‘ECOVIS ProventusLaw is an exceptional service provider for all employment law matters. They have great experience of employment disputes, in preparation of employment contracts, internal company’

‘The team of ECOVIS ProventusLaw satisfies our needs because of its tailored solutions, each time referring not just to the applicable laws but also to look at the situation in practical way. Their team is always prompt and they are moving forward together. From my first sight, I understood that team is not only professional but also fair and devoted to each client.’

Key clients

UAB “CGI Lithuania”

UAB “Nium EU”

UAB “DeVere E-Money”

UAB “VIA Payments”

UAB “MTTC”

Draudimo brokerių rūmai

UAB “Skanėja”

UAB “TBF FINANCE”

Husko Vermogensverwaltung GmbH

UAB “Origama”

UADBB “Rizikos Cesija”

Association of insurance broker companies in the Republic of Lithuania

UAB PYRROS LITHUANIA

UAB ZEN.COM

UAB “Transekspedicija”

UAB “Arctic Adventures”

Majestic Financial, UAB

UAB “Rebellion Fintech Services”

Hugo Gomez

Work highlights

  • Advised Skanėja on the employment aspects of COVID-19.
  • Advised the Association of insurance broker companies in the Republic of Lithuania on employment policies and procedures.
  • Represented a group of scientists in a case concerning the right of scientists to receive a state pension corresponding to the length of service of scientists.

Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

Eversheds Saladžius (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)'s employment team is ‘really passionate about the work' and advises on HR policies, redundancies, tax, immigration and data protection. The firm has been able to attract global clients such as Samsung, Turkish Airlines and Nestlé. Senior associate Neringa Bubnaitytė leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Neringa Bubnaitytė

Testimonials

‘Really good knowledge of the business area and problems, the type of the employees we are dealing with, accordingly the consultations are adopted to our needs, not just a simple quotation of the legal acts.’

‘Really passionate about their work and really attentive to detail by solving our issues.’

‘The team is of the highest quality’

Key clients

Fortum Heat

Fortum Klaipėda

Berlin Chamie Menarini Baltic

Nestle Baltics

CGI Lithuania

Turkish Airlines

Sofa Brands

Samsung Electronics Baltics

Komfovent

Aon Baltic

Work highlights

  • Advised Sofa Brands on the employment aspects of Covid 19.
  • Advised Turkish Airlines on employee migration and termination issues.
  • Advised CGI Lithuania on general employment matters.

GLIMSTEDT Bernotas & Partners

GLIMSTEDT Bernotas & Partners advises major employers such as Continental and Schneider Electric, with expertise in general advisory issues as well as high scale recruitments, dismissals, and health and safety violations. Aušra Maliauskaitė-Embrektė has strong capabilities in employment and labour law matters.

Practice head(s):

Aušra Maliauskaitė-Embrektė

Testimonials

‘ Their lawyers are experienced enough to not only report on the applicable law but also provide business solutions in various new and difficult situations. Being an outsourced legal service (not in-house lawyers), they are quick in their service and not too fancy in their advice. On the other hand, being practical and easy, they are still very reliable in their advice ’

‘As we work with some of Glimstedt people since 1995, we have absolute trust in them. They are always always professional.’

‘Polite, professional communication, sense of humour which helps us to calm down even if it is hard case for us.’

Key clients

Continental Automotive Lithuania UAB

Vlantana Group

Grigeo group

Embassy of Sweden

Alna Software

NESTE

American International School in Vilnius (AISV)

Genius Sports Group

Kaunas Aircraft Maintenance Services (KAMS)

DOVISTA, Velux, Vitral

Schneider Electric Group

Arada

Paroc / Owens Corning

Precia S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised the Vocational Training (Apprenticeship) program on Lithuanian labour law.
  • Represented Grigeo Klaipėda in a dispute regarding termination of the employment contracts with a C-suite employee.
  • Advised numerous companies on navigating the employment aspects of the Covid 19 crisis.

Primus

Primus Derling delivers ‘business-oriented, practical solutions to very complex issues’ with particular credentials in the areas of unfair dismissal, benefits and taxation issues. Giedrė Dailidėnaitė focuses on immigration and reorganisation issues. She works with managing partner Robert Juodka, who handles general advisory issues as well as labour disputes, dismissal and employee benefits matters. Also recommended is senior associate Greta Bagdanavičiūtė who assists international clients with regulatory compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Giedrė Dailidėnaitė

Other key lawyers:

Robert Juodka; Greta Bagdanavičiūtė

Testimonials

‘The Primus Derling team consistently sought and implemented business-oriented, practical solutions to very complex issues. They learned our company’s products and services quickly, enabling them to identify relevant issues and present options under applicable local laws. They also were extremely responsive to our needs, including many communications late at night and on weekends.’

‘Primus Derling are really good professionals who can easily translate many legal issues into understandable “language” for our company.’

‘Looking for solutions, trying to compromise for both employer and employees, excellent guiding during implementation of new salary system, great support with negotiations with union/work council.’

‘Giedre Dailidenaite – very committed partner. ’

‘The team responds to questions quickly. They have knowledge of the general practice in Lithuania and have been very helpful in suggesting alternative solutions to a problem.’

Key clients

Bonava

DB Schenker

Michelin

Tallink Group

Mimaki (

Trelleborg Sealing Profiles AB

Elements Global Services

Marketing Investment Group

NBC Security Inc.

Blue Bridge group

GrECo JLT Lietuva, UADBB

Sagauta UADBB

Kapitel Group

Tamrex Group

Finesta Baltic

Vilma AB No

TILTS, SIA and its branch MO-24

SuperDry (UK, Estonia)

Solid Real, UAB

Korporacija Tjanši, UAB

Work highlights

  • Assisted Sakret with the issuance of corporate bonds.
  • Advice on issuance of investment units and acquisition of the controlling stake in 2 real estate development companies for DIFF Fund I.
  • Advised Enefit on the financing of a street lighting project.

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic's team has ‘a sharp and business-minded approach’ to both contentious and non-contentious matters. Its recent work involved advising on remuneration schemes, unfair dismissals, employer’s liability and collective bargaining agreements. Practice head Ieva Povilaitienė is ‘an exceptional team leader’  and counts major employers such as Philip Morris and DS Smith as key clients. Vytautas Šilinskas has left to join Lithuania's Ministry of Social Security and Labour.

Practice head(s):

Ieva Povilaitienė

Testimonials

‘We value greatly TGS Baltic employment practice team. This team is the best in the market due to its sharp and business-minded approach to every delegated issue. ’

‘ Ieva Povilaitienė is an exceptional team leader and great at strategic and high scale solutions.’

‘Fast and agile solutions, timely communication, super customer-oriented service.’

‘Good communication in English, understanding clients needs, and flexible approach. Willing to assist when and as much as requested.’

‘TGS team aims to find practical solutions. It introduces possible legal risks in order to weight all possible alternatives in each situation.’

‘Excellent and reliable support, very practical and business-friendly.’

‘Well-coordinated and professional team.’

‘High-quality work, quick and useful advice. Professional, responsible, polite and accurate team.’

Key clients

PHILIP MORRIS

VP Group

Maxima LT

Biotechpharma-Northway

Modus Group

Wix.com

BOSKALIS

SBA Group

Adform

Electrolux

Admiral Markets

Bank of Lithuania

National Radio and Television of Lithuania

Stora Enso Packaging

Contis Group

VPA Logistics

Rystad energy

Norian Accounting

Diaverum Lietuva

KLAIPĖDOS SMELTĖ

Impuls LTU

Gym LT

Pieno žvaigždės

AUGA group, AB

SteelTrade

TIKKURILA

EPSO-G

TV Play Baltics

Boehringer Ingelheim

Franmax

Work highlights

  • Advised Philip Morris on the employment aspects of COVID-19.
  • Prepared an “umbrella” Remuneration Policy for a number of different companies.
  • Represented a group of Ryanair employees on the airline’s breaches of employment rights.

Averus

Averus advises on complex employment disputes involving workplace accidents and illnesses, as well as sensitive issues such as discrimination and gender equality. The team also assists employers with everyday issues such as HR policies, contractual matters and disciplinary procedures. Practice head Jurgita Venckutė is particularly active in the transport, IT and manufacturing industries.

Practice head(s):

Jurgita Venckutė

Key clients

Ergo

Scania

Ernst&Young

Nobel Biocare

Colemont

Littler Global

ISM University of Management and Economics

Labbis

NAOS

Fleetcor

Work highlights

  • Advised EY on migration and employment matters.
  • Advised Scania on issues including remuneration policy, disciplinary procedures and working time management.
  • Representing ISM in a dispute over regulation of state pensions provided to academic employees.

LEADELL Balciunas ir Grajauskas

LEADELL Balciunas ir Grajauskas' contentious employment work includes disputes arising from dismissals, as well as allegedly illegal activity undertaken by employees. The team also assists clients with avoiding court litigation through settlements and arbitration. Practice head Gintaras Balčiūnas is a  recommended arbiter in the Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Gintaras Balčiūnas

Key clients

Concern “ACHEMOS GRUPĖ”, Ltd.

“Transachema”, Ltd.

“AGROCHEMA”, Ltd.

“KOGUS”, Ltd

“ERNST&YOUNG

BALTIC”, Ltd.

State Enterprice “ORO NAVIGACIJA”

“Roche Lietuva”, Ltd.

JSC “KLAIPĖDOS JŪRŲ KROVINIŲ

KOMPANIJA” (KLASCO)

Work highlights

  • Advised Achemos on a dispute with a former employee over its dismissal.
  • Advised Transachema on the dismissal of an employee who is a member of a trade union.
  • Advised Achemos on a dispute over the payment of incentive bonuses to a dismissed employee.

Triniti Jurex Law Firm

Triniti Jurex Law Firm assists employers with employee contracts, union agreements and general compliance, as well as the dismissal of senior executives. Practice head Jurgita Judickienė is a highly-skilled litigator. She works with Karolina Laurynaitė, who also focuses on disputes and advises on issues such as immigration and taxation.

Practice head(s):

Jurgita Judickienė

Other key lawyers:

Karolina Laurynaitė

Testimonials

‘Triniti Jurex has a professional and very competent team. We have different situations and questions, and there we get all answers. Strengths – professionally prepared documents, detailed comments in each situation, documents are prepared for several possible variants of situations. After receiving the prepared documents, the questions usually do not arise, they are thought through to the smallest details.’

‘Mostly I work with Jurgita and Karolina. They are people I always apply to and always will in the future. Knowledge and experience, quick help and support in difficult situations – words which describe them. ’

‘Professionalism and motivated orientation to the goal.’

Key clients

BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO LIETUVA

Vilniaus Baldai

Littelfuse LT

Light Conversion World

Global BOD Group

Work highlights

  • Designed the framework of Shared Services Model (SSM) for BOD Global Group.
  • Advised Vilniaus Baldai on a collective bargaining with a trade union.
  • Advised British American Tobacco on general employment issues.