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Partner Jānis Kubilis

Jānis Kubilis

EN / FR / LV / RU

"Next generation partner" Dispute Resolution
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Jānis Kubilis, Dr.iur. leads the litigation and dispute resolution practice. Jānis has extensive experience representing clients in disputes and litigations concerning such areas as construction and real estate, banking and finance, corporate, employment, restructuring and insolvency, shipping and transport, insurance, media, IT, tax, IPR as well as in national and international arbitration.

Jānis’ professional focus is on all matters related to civil liability, analysing and evaluating the liability risks and advising on how to address them contractually and on how to protect the client’s interests in legal proceedings.

Jānis reinforces his professional experience with participation in research projects on modernising Latvian law and contributions to academic publications on current legal issues.

According to Chambers & Partners clients highlight his "great tactical thinking" and "high level of knowledge of liability issues" and that he is active across a spectrum of disputes.

Legal 500

"Janis Kubilis is a litigator, but with excellent knowledge of labour law, which makes him stand out among other lawyers when representing a client."

"Janis Kubilis is one of the leading litigators in the firm and delivers an excellent performance in court."





2023 /  Partner, VILGERTS
2015 / Head of Dispute Resolution, VILGERTS
2010 / Associate, VILGERTS
2009 – 2010 / Legal assistant, BDO Zelmenis & Liberte


2017 / University of Latvia, Dr. iur.
2012 / University of Latvia, Mag. iur.


2019 / Lecturer at the University of Latvia
2012 / Latvian Bar Association


2020 / The change in case law indicates the need for a clear legal framework, Jurista Vārds
2020 / Issues Related to Creditors’ Protection in Case of Business Transfer
2019 / Statutory interest is a means to combat non-fulfilment of obligations, Jurista Vārds
2019 / Statutory interest in cases of non-contractual liability
2018 / Conclusions of the Constitutional Court in the context of Latvian tort law
2018 / Staying of the civil proceedings due to criminal proceedings
2018 / Solidary Liability in Latvian Tort Law
2018 / Book, “Essential Cases on Misconduct (Digest of European Tort Law)”, co-author of the Latvia section
2017 / Issues related to determining the compensation for pecuniary harm in personal injury cases
2016 / Unlawful Conduct as a Prerequisite for Liability under Latvian Tort Law
2015 / Main Issues Regarding Modernisation of Tort Law in Latvia, in Humanities and Social Sciences Latvia
2014 / Foreseeability of Damage in the Tort Law of Latvia
2014 / The Current Issues and Modernisation of Liability for Damage Caused by Abnormally Dangerous Activity
2013 / The Causation in Personal Injury Cases: Non-Pecuniary Damages

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    • Insurance: Recourse Action under the Latvia’s new Insurance Contracts Law.

      June 1, 2018

      by Jānis Kubilis, Partner

      On 1 June 2018, the new Insurance Contracts Law (Apdrošināšanas līguma likums) will come into force replacing the Law on Insurance Contracts (likums “Par apdrošināšanas līgumu”) that has been in force since 1998. The new law is based on the previous law, however, the many amendments of th...

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    • Litigation: In personal injury litigation appeal may not stop execution.

      December 29, 2017

      by Jānis Kubilis, Partner

      If a claim has been brought against a company, in some cases the law provides an option for the claimant to request immediate enforcement of the judgement. It means that the award may be enforced regardless of whether the judgement of first instance court is appealed. Such option is permitted in case...

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    • Insurance & Litigation: Direct action against a liability insurer in Latvia is possible.

      September 25, 2017

      by Jānis Kubilis, Partner

      When your business or your household is negatively affected by another individual or company, one of the first things that becomes essential is if the salvage costs and other damages caused thereby would be recoverable. If the damage is relatively small, arrangements with the liable party can be made...

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    • Litigation: A new framework for cross-border debt recovery process.

      December 2, 2016

      by VILGERTS law firm

      In 2011 European Commission came up with a proposal to improve and increase the effectiveness of cross-border debt recovery process, among other things, facilitating access to information about the debtor's bank accounts. On 15 May 2014 Regulation No. 655/2014 was adopted establishing a European Acco...

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    • Litigation: The Regulation of Law of Forensic Experts and News of Judicature in Latvia.

      May 27, 2016

      by VILGERTS law firm

      The new Law on Forensic Experts entered into force on 15 March 2016. The foundation on which this new law was drafted was the current regulation in force since 1 July 2007. The new law introduces changes to requirements for forensic expert candidates, certification procedures, a responsibility of f...

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    • Insurance: Changes in supervision procedures of insurance companies and civil litigations.

      October 14, 2015

      by Jānis Kubilis, Partner

      In order to implement the Directive 2009/138 /EC adopted on 25 November 2009 by the European Parliament and Council (Solvency II), Saeima adopted the Law on Insurance and Reinsurance, which provides a number of significant changes in the insurance and reinsurance regulatory framework. Dispute reso...

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    • Insurance: Should the insurance companies pay for mistakes of the government?

      January 10, 2015

      by Jānis Kubilis, Partner

      On 29 December 2014 the Constitutional court struck down several provisions of Rules No 331 of the Cabinet of Ministers dated 17 May 2005, which prescribed the amount of insurance indemnities concerning a wide and ambiguous range of persons. It might seem as a revolution adversely affecting insurance...

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