Name
Jūlija Jerņeva

Partner

Languages

English, French, Latvian, Russian, Spanish

Location

Latvia

Primary practices:

Employment, Competition

Secondary practices:

M&A, GDPR & Data Protection, Retail, Regulatory

Contacts

+371 29 131 597

julija.jerneva@vilgerts.com

Contacts

+371 29 131 597

julija.jerneva@vilgerts.com

Primary practices:

Employment, Competition

Secondary practices:

M&A, GDPR & Data Protection, Retail, Regulatory

Profile

Jūlija Jerņeva, LL.M. is an EU law, competition, employment and M&A attorney, practicing since 2003.

Jūlija Jerņeva main focus of work lies with competition law. Jūlija has unique expertise in the field of unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain. She has represented clients in mergers, abuse of dominant position and cartel matters, advised on dawn raids, market inquiries and investigations across various industry sectors. Jūlija has a long track record of representing clients in competition cases before the Latvian Competition Council and Latvian state courts. She also represented clients before the European Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Jūlija’s employment practice covers advising on collective consultation and redundancies, handling discrimination, mobbing, bossing, harassment and unfair dismissal claims. She represents  clients in both -  individual and collective disputes, before the courts and the State Employment Inspectorate. Julija  also consults companies on day-to-day matters, including overtime and rest period calculations, non-competition and confidentiality undertakings, as well as drafting tailor-made employment contracts and internal workplace rules.

Ms. Jerņeva currently researches loyalty inducing practices by dominant companies as part of her PhD. She also teaches EU competition law, EU Internal Market law and EU External relations in Riga Graduate School of Law. Jūlija has authored and co-authored numerous academic articles in the field of Latvian and EU competition law.

 

 

 

Career

2008 / Partner, VILGERTS
2012 / Visiting lecturer in Competition and State Aid law, and EU External Relations, Riga Graduate School of Law
2003 – 2008 / Associate, Sorainen

Education

2015 / University of Latvia, PhD (expected)
2008 / King’s College London, Diploma in EC Competition law
2005 / College of Europe, Bruges, LL.M.
2004 / University of Latvia, Bac. iur.

Membership

2005 / College of Europe Alumni Association
2003 / Latvian Bar Association

Experience

Representing a Latvian top 15 company in an ongoing collective dispute with several trade unions. The dispute concerns the interpretation of the rules that determine the amount of compensation that employees may claim in case of business trips or work travel trips.

Representing the client before the State Employment Inspectorate regarding alleged discrimination of employees on the grounds of family status. The case shall clarify, whether employees must issue health insurance to employees, who are on parental leave.

Representing Moller Mobility group companies – distributors of VW cars in Latvia - in litigation with Latvia’s Competition Council, where the court has repealed a EUR 7.4 million fine imposed on our clients for an alleged cartel agreement.

Defended a department store before the Consumer Rights Protection Centre in alleged price display breach for loyal customers.

Publications

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