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Partner Jūlija Jerņeva

Jūlija Jerņeva

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Band 1
Chambers & Partners | Competition/Antitrust

Leading individual
Legal 500 | EU and Competition

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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.

Jūlija regularly participates in the work groups set up by the Latvian government or the Latvian Parliament (Saeima), lobbying the interests of clients in the context of proposed draft laws. Jūlija is also involved in a number of lobbying projects on pro bono basis.

Ms. Jerņeva has also been invited by the Constitutional Court of Latvia to provide a number of expert opinions on EU law matters.

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.

Band 1 lawyer in Competition & Antitrust by Chambers & Partners Europe: "Jūlija Jerņeva remains a well-known figure in this sector, assisting with many of the team's highlights. She advises on abuse of dominant position and also represents clients in merger control proceedings.”

Legal 500: "Brilliant lawyers with strategic skills.”




2021 / Visiting lecturer in Public International Law, University of Latvia
2012 / Visiting lecturer in Competition and State Aid law, Internal Market and EU External Relations, Riga Graduate School of Law
2008 / Partner, VILGERTS
2003 – 2008 / Associate, Sorainen


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


2019 / European Commission Pool of Expert Group on Legal Migration, Expert
2005 / College of Europe Alumni Association
2003 / Latvian Bar Association

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    • The Labour Law must be read

      December 20, 2019

      by Jūlija Jerņeva, Partner

      Publication in magazine Bilances Juridiskie Padomi  INTERVIEW OF THE ISSUE Issues related to employment relationships have always been a hot topic because in practice conflicts between employers and employees are not rare. The labour market has recently undergone some substantial changes – r...

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    • The story about the cartel and the cunning Carmen

      December 2, 2019

      by Jūlija Jerņeva, Partner

      FORBES Latvia | Opinion Piece Once upon a time there was a fabulously wealthy man named Alphonsus who lived in the Kingdom of Latvia. His wealth consisted of two beautiful daughters and a 95% stake in JSC “LatPrece”. His eldest daughter Carmen was particularly quick-witted and had been helping...

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    • Competition law: Getting the Deal Through publication “Merger Control” 2016.

      September 8, 2015

      by Jūlija Jerņeva, Partner

      Our partner Julija Jerneva and legal assistant Janis Sarans have prepared the chapter in the latest edition of the Getting the Deal Through Merger Control 2016, which focuses on main regulatory issues in Latvian jurisdiction, such as jurisdictional thresholds for submitting of merger notification, pe...

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    • Competition law: Supreme Court unexpectedly clears the way for damages claims against the banks.

      February 5, 2015

      by Jūlija Jerņeva, Partner

      The Supreme Court upheld the judgment of the Administrative District Court permitting a ca.EUR 7.8 mio fine on 22 Latvian banks for violations of competition rules. The Supreme Court ruled contrary to the findings of the Court of Justice of the European Union's MasterCard judgment. The CJEU found tha...

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