Estonia

Review

Dispute resolution
Cobalt

COBALT practices in all areas of dispute resolution. The head of the department is Jaanus Mody who is managing partner at the firm. There are five partners in the department including Mody.

Case highlights for the firm include defending Olympic Entertainment Group in court against claims filed by former minority shareholders. In another case the firm represented Port of Tallinn in a dispute concerning the construction of the Old City Harbour’s bridge. The firm also advised Nordica in court proceedings that were initiated by former employees of Estonian Air over claims that Estonian Air enterprise had been transferred to Nordica.
Ellex Raidla

Ellex Raidla is a notable firm across the Baltic States and is highly recognised by its clients and peers. The firm practices in all areas of dispute resolution.

Arne Ots, Toomas Vaher, Anton Sigal and Marko Kairjak are all key names in the dispute resolution department.

The firm is representing investment firm Spring capital in arbitration claims regarding the sale of the largest wind firm in Latvia. In a competition case in the energy sector, the firm is advising an oil and mining company in a dispute regarding its alleged dominant market position.

In March 2020, the firm hired Marko Kairjak from TGS Baltics.

Client feedback 2021 

Arne Ots

“Arne Ots is very professional and a high-level advocate. He deals with Public Procurement Law, Construction Law and with other civil cases. Arne Ots is very competent and has profound experience in big litigation.”

FORT Legal

FORT’s dispute resolution team is led by Andreas Veeret and Jaana Nõgisto who are both key players on the firm’s cases. 

Case highlights include representing the Estonian Environment Agency in disputes against contractors on the design and construction of the only hazardous waste management facility in Estonia. The firm is also representing Crowdestate in bankruptcy proceedings against Korterivahetus OÜ. In a separate case the firm represented Crowdestate again in another bankruptcy case against Cellin Technologies, another lender to the client.

Another case highlight for the firm was representing EfTEN Capital in a commercial dispute against a former lessee.

Njord Law Firm

NJORD Law Firm has capabilities across all areas of dispute resolution. The practice is led by Triin u HiobHiob specialises in litigation, international and domestic arbitration, employment and non-life insurance law. Hiob and Katrin Sarap led the majority of the cases during our research period.

Case highlights for the firm include representing ERGO Insurance in disputes as claimants or respondents. The firm also represented Pärnu Instituut as a claimant in a dispute with Luunja municipality. Hiob acts a conciliator for insurance disputes.

TGS Baltic

TGS Baltic is a leading firm in Estonia and practices in dispute resolution.

Their dispute resolution and arbitration team is led by senior partner Paul Varul. The majority of the cases during the research period were led by Varul and Marko Vairjak.

Case highlights for the firm include representing First Telecom Trading in a complex dispute against KCF Valdus. The firm also advised Agriland in a subsidy fraud case where the subsidies were allegedly frauded from EU agricultural funds. Another case highlight is representing the Port of Tallinn against its former directors.