Dispute Resolution

Our dispute resolution team is one of the biggest and most experienced litigation teams in Estonia. Ellex Raidla is unique in its cross-border and cross-disciplinary approach that helps us to handle every matter with uniform standards of excellence. In addition to our traditional litigation practice, we have developed specialized teams for handling bankruptcy restructuring matters as well as public procurement disputes. Senior members of our dispute resolution team also serve regularly as arbitrators in domestic and international arbitral proceedings.
Key projects in the field

Key contacts

Arne Ots

Partner

Head of Dispute Resolution practice group
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Toomas Vaher

Partner

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Martin Triipan

Partner

Head of Environment, Planning and Administrative Law practice group
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Anton Sigal

Partner

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Elisabet Fura

Counsel

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Mari Must

Counsel

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Reet Saks

Senior Associate

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Neve Uudelt

Senior Associate

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Martin-Johannes Raude

Senior Associate

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Marika Kütt

Senior Associate

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Rauno Klemm

Senior Associate

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Maria Teder

Senior Associate

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Sandra-Kristin Kärner

Senior Associate

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Kaisa Laidvee

Associate

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Kristel Urke

Associate

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Kaisa Margus

Associate

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Rety Estorn

Associate

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Julia Kisseljova

Associate

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Kristiina Reinson

Senior Associates

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Mailis Meier

Associate

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Liis Könn

Senior Associate

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Karl Kreevald

Lawyer

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Key projects in the field

We represent the Ministry of Finance in Rail Baltic disputes
Ellex Raidla’s Partner Martin Triipan and Attorney Kaisa Laidvee are representing the Ministry of Finance before the Administrative Court in disputes concerning the construction of the Rail Baltic railway.

Various complainants have disputed in court the county plans that establish the Rail Baltic route in Estonia. The complainants believe that the county plans are unlawful and the Rail Baltic route has not been correctly determined.

Tallinn Administrative Court rejected the complaints in the court of first instance and said that the county plans are lawful and the county plan procedure has appropriately weighed the impacts of the railway route (incl. to nature and habitation).
Successful representation of BLRT in the media dispute against Anastassia Kovalenko
BLRT’s court dispute against Anastassia Kovalenko regarding the correctness of factual allegations published in her master’s thesis and interview took a new turn in the circuit court. Namely, the court decided to order Kovalenko to refute the factual allegations.
 
The case began in autumn 2017 when BLRT filed an action with the court because the company found that Anastassia Kovalenko’s master’s thesis and the interview given to radio show “Delovoje ljudi” contained incorrect claims and statements.
 
On 26 October, Tallinn Circuit Court decided to annul Harju County Court’s initial judgment in part and partially satisfy the claims. This means that Kovalenko needs to refute allegations about BLRT’s annual reporting in the newspaper Äripäev, the publications of Delovõje Vedomost as well as on the University of Tartu’s website for master’s theses.
 
BLRT was represented by Ellex Raidla’s Partner Ants Nõmper and Senior Associate Martin Raude.
 
We advised the Environmental Board in a court dispute regarding the damming of a Natura 2000 water body
The Ellex Raidla team successfully represented the Environmental Board in a court dispute where a company challenged the activity of the Environmental Board regarding their refusal to grant a permit for the special use of water for the damming of a water body. The Supreme Court agreed with the Environmental Board in the part that the refusal to grant an environmental permit does not always require conducting a separate procedure for assessing environmental impact. In the Supreme Court judgment made in the matter, the highest court also provided guidelines on how to interpret requirements under legal acts regarding the assessment of environmental impact and the damming of a water body that belongs in the Natura 2000 network of protected areas.

The Environmental Board was represented by Partner Martin Triipan and Associate Kristel Urke