Jūlija Jerņeva



English, French, Latvian, Russian, Spanish



Primary practices:

Employment, Competition

Secondary practices:

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


+371 29 131 597


+371 29 131 597

Primary practices:

Employment, Competition

Secondary practices:

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


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


Representing Merks SIA, a leading construction and development company in Latvia, in the appeal against the Latvian Competition Council’s decision concerning an alleged cartel in the construction industry, imposing fines on 10 entities exceeding EUR 16 million.

Advising Air Baltic in numerous disputes with trade unions and individual members regarding various matter.

Assisting Rimi Latvia with the adapting of its agreements and the standard practices to the new rules of the Unfair Trading Practices Prohibition Law, which transposes the provisions of the Directive 2019/633.

Preparation of an opinion for Decathlon, one of the world's largest retailers of sporting goods, on various intellectual property issues.