Dispute resolution

Ellex Klavins has earned the trust of top local and international companies during the more than 20 years of the firm’s practice in the field of dispute resolution. Our experts are business-minded and support the pragmatic commercial considerations that are always prominent in clients’ dispute matters. We help our clients to gain a full understanding of the complexities of our local court system and aim to provide them with a big-picture framework of the case without forgetting small but important nuts and bolts. Our firm also has significant experience in arbitrations handled outside of the country.
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Daiga Zivtiņa

Partner

Co-Head of Dispute Resolution Practice
+371 6781 4848
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Andris Lazdiņš

Associate Partner

Co-Head of Dispute Resolution Practice
+37167350542
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Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs

Partner

+371 6781 4848
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Irina Kostina

Associate Partner

Dispute Resolution and Employment
Head of Employment Law Practice
+371 67814862
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Jevgēnijs Salims

Senior Counsel

Dispute Resolution
+37167814835
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Roberts Rimša

Senior Associate

Russian Desk
+371 6780 3395
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Key projects in the field

Supreme Court overturns Regional court ruling on award of prize money for Deflympics athlete
On the 5th of November the Supreme Court of the Republic of Latvia overturned a ruling by the Regional Administrative Court, which had previously rejected an application to require the Cabinet of Ministers to pay out a higher cash award for a Latvian athlete in the Summer Games of the  Deaflympics. The grounds for cancelling the judgment were such that several facts bearing evidence of a breach of the principle of equality were not taken into consideration in the case.
 
Andris Lazdins, associate partner and co-head of the Dispute Resolution practice at Ellex Klavins provided legal assistance to the athlete, his coach and assistant in this case.
 
‘’According to the regulatory framework, the Summer Deaflympics, the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games are to be treated as international competitions of equal importance. Therefore, when challenging the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers in court, we asked for equal treatment of all athletes who have achieved success in competitions at this level. This judgment will definitely influence the court's view on other similar cases in the future, eliminate discrimination and promote the principle of equality,“ A. Lazdins commented on the judgment.
 
At the end of each year the Government of Latvia awards cash prizes to the best athletes who have excelled in sports. In 2013, Ellex Klavins' client won a bronze medal in the Summer Deaflympics at the 110-meter hurdles competition. The prize awarded to the client was five times lower than the award given to athletes at other sports events.
 
More detailed information (in Latvian) is available on the Supreme Court’s website: http://bit.ly/2PTLb3w
We successfully represented SIA Verus Praedium (IKEA) in a litigation case
SIA Verus Praedium, an IKEA franchisee group company in Latvia, continues to develop real estate in the Stopiņi district next to the IKEA store. As a result, several natural persons appealed the detailed plan approved by the Stopiņi County Council for a proposed new shopping center.
 
Ellex Klavins Partner Ilga Gudrenika-Krebs and Senior Associate Anete Dimitrovska represented the client in administrative court, and in June 2019 obtained a positive temporary non-regulatory decision, which allows for further implementation of the detailed plan. Therefore, Verus Praedium Ltd. is able to continue the development of this real estate without delay.
We assisted a major Baltic sports retailer in a fraud scheme aimed at the client
Assisting the client in a debt recovery case that involved a potential fraud scheme aimed against the client. Filing a successful application to the court for freezing the assets of the former owner and the General manager of the client’s customer. In addition, successfully filing a submission to the police for initiation of criminal proceedings against the perpetrators of the criminal offense.
 
The client was consulted by partner Peteris Dalderis and associate partner Andris Lazdins.