Attorneys at Law Šķiņķis Pētersons

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Chambers Europe 2020 ranks Law firm “Šķiņķis Pētersons” among leading law offices in Dispute Resolution practice area

We are proud to announce that Law firm “Šķiņķis Pētersons” has been recognized in Chambers Europe 2020 edition among leading law offices in Dispute Resolution practice area in Latvia. As indicated by Chambers and Partners in its ranking, Law firm “Šķiņķis Pētersons” is in the list among Recognised Practitioners.


The international rating agency of law firms and lawyers Chambers and Partners was established in 1990. The agency researches, identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and legal practitioners in different legal areas in 200 jurisdictions throughout the world.

Chambers Global 2020 and Chambers Europe 2020 ranks Matīss Šķiņķis among leading dispute resolution lawyers

Law firm Šķiņķis Pētersons is pleased to announce that our partner, sworn advocate Matīss Šķiņķis is ranked in the 2020 edition of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe among the leading dispute resolution lawyers. As indicated by Chambers and Partners in its ranking, Matīss Šķiņķis represents clients in constitutional and administrative disputes, he always works very hard, digs deep into each case and it is very easy to do business with him.


The international rating agency of law firms and lawyers Chambers and Partners was established in 1990. The agency researches, identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and legal practitioners in different legal areas in 200 jurisdictions throughout the world.

Our colleague Aleksandrs Kuzņecovs as one of the co-authors participated in the presentation of the book “Commentaries on the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia. Chapter V. Legislation”

On 11 June 2019 our colleague Aleksandrs Kuzņecovs as one of the co-authors participated in the presentation of the book “Commentaries on the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia. Chapter V. Legislation” to be held in the Building of Saeima, Yellow Room.

 

Aleksandrs is the co-author of the commentaries on Articles 64 and 76 contained in the “Commentaries on the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia. Chapter V. Legislation” and the author of a separate section titled “Presidential Powers to Demand Constitutionality Assessment of Unproclaimed Law”.

The project on commenting and explaining the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia extends for over 10 years already. The first commentaries “Fundamental Human Rights” were released in 2011 and currently we are expecting the final book on Chapter II “Saeima”. This is a truly fundamental and unprecedental study on the parliamentary system of Latvia.   

Favourable court decision for the Regulator in the case against Conexus regarding costs to be included in the natural gas transmission tariffs

On 29 May 2019 the District Administrative Court announced the full decision in the case No. A43007818, that is fully in favour of the Public Utilities Commission (the Regulator) a Client of the law firm “Šķiņķis Pētersons”.

 

In the aforementioned case PLC “Conexus Baltic Grid” submitted an application to the court appealing a decision issued by the Regulator regarding the natural gas transmission tariffs, considering that the decision to include of all the costs of the auction organised in July 2017 in the tariffs has been ill-founded. After the examination of the case in multiple hearings, the District Administrative Court made the decision to satisfy the Regulator’s request for leaving the application made by the PLC “Conexus Baltic Grid” without consideration and terminated the proceedings. The Court recognized that the appeal in part cannot be examined under the administrative procedure, and the procedure for examining the case in an out-of-court proceedings has not been followed. The decision of the Court can be appealed against in the Supreme Court.

This case is important to the whole society. If the application made by PLC “Conexus Baltic Grid” would have been satisfied, approximately 3.2 million euros in additional costs would have to be included in natural gas transmission tariffs and these costs would be covered by payments made by the users.

 

In this Administrative case the Regulator is represented by the partner of the law firm “Šķiņķis Pētersons”, attorney-at-law Mārtiņš Pētersons.

Matīss Šķiņķis Guest Lecturing at Latvian Centre of Coaches Continuing Education

Sworn Advocate Matīss Šķiņķis was hosting guest lectures at the Latvian Centre of Coaches Continuing Education, study programme “Sport Organization Management”. The topic covered by his lectures and presentations was Sports Law which comprises multiform aspects of law – employment law, human rights, EU regulation on sports, sports dispute resolution, contract law, legal framework of sporting competitions and advertising, third party property rights and other issues. The objective of the study programme is to provide and furnish the executives of sport institutions with theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the organization and administration of sports institutions and organizations.

Sworn Advocate Matīss Šķiņķis Speaks at Conference “Collective Employment Relations: Anatomy of Sectoral Social Partners”

On 15 May 2019 sworn advocate Matīss Šķiņķis participated in the conference “Collective Employment Relations: Anatomy of Sectoral Social Partners” with a presentation “Constitutional Aspects of Labour Law Article 68”.

 

The conference was organised by the State Chancellery, Employers’ Confederation of Latvia and Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia aiming to enhance the perception of state administration concerning the role of social partners, their rights and obligations and to facilitate discussion on the role of the legislator and executive power in encouraging the discussion on collective agreements consistently with the international and EU laws.  

Legal 500 ranks Matīss Šķiņķis among leading Next Generation Lawyers

Our partner, sworn advocate Matīss Šķiņķis has been listed in the most recent Legal 500 ranking among the leading next generation litigation lawyers of Latvia.   

 

For 32 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions.

Court Resumes Work of Kart Racing Track

On 16 April 2019 the Administrative District Court ruled that the decision of Kandava Municipal Council of 30 August 2018 on the renewal of the work of Kandava kart racing track which belongs to KARTODROMS SIA is substantiated and should remain in effect.

The court also satisfied the application of KARTODROMS SIA on interim injunction, resolving that part of the judgment, insofar it concerns the right to offer go-kart rental services at the kart racing track without otherwise causing excessive noise, will come into effect and must be satisfied as of the entry date of the judgment.  

Thus, notwithstanding that the judgment is subject to appeal, as of 16 April 2019 the Kandava Kart Racing Track can operate in its standard regime and offer go-kart rental services. The permission for competitions and other public events must be issued by the municipality for each specific event separately.

The case was initiated upon the application of a private individual who maintained that the operation of the racing track causes excessive noise. The court considered the explanations of KARTODROMS SIA on the operations of the track and the opinion drafted by environmental noise assessment specialists, recognizing that the operations of the track are possible in case the environmental noise thresholds are maintained and specific terms of operation are respected.

KARTODROMS SIA was represented in the court by assistant sworn advocate Mārtiņš Daģis.

Chambers Global and Chambers Europe ranks Matīss Šķiņķis among leading dispute resolution lawyers

Law firm Šķiņķis Pētersons is pleased to announce that our partner, sworn advocate Matīss Šķiņķis is ranked in the 2019 edition of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe among the leading dispute resolution lawyers. As indicated by Chambers and Partners in its ranking, Matīss Šķiņķis represents clients in civil, constitutional and administrative disputes, he is always prepared, digs deep into each case and is very loyal to his clients.


The international rating agency of law firms and lawyers Chambers and Partners was established in 1990. The agency researches, identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and legal practitioners in different legal areas in 200 jurisdictions throughout the world.

Ministry of Economy to pay 370 800 EUR to Expo 2015

On 3 December 2018 the Department of Civil Cases of the Supreme Court rejected the cassation complaint in the dispute between the limited partnership Expo 2015 and the Ministry of Economy, therewith upholding the award of Kurzeme Regional Court on the collection of 370 800 EUR, including court costs, from the Ministry of Economy in the favour of the limited partnership Expo 2015. The judgment of the Supreme Court is not subject to appeal.

The case was initiated on the basis of the claim filed by the limited partnership Expo 2015 against the Ministry of Economy, seeking collection of outstanding production costs and the illegitimate banking guarantee after the decision of the government of January 2015 to revoke Latvia’s participation in the trade fair Expo Milano 2015.

The court ruled that the limited partnership Expo 2015 is not at fault for the termination of the contract on designing Latvia’s pavilion for Expo Milano 2015 and for event production and is not liable for the damages sustained by the Ministry of Economy. In its ruling the Supreme Court indicates that it has not established “any illegitimate/blameable acts of the company in terminating the agreement and causing any damages to the defendant” by also recognizing that “no delusion or deceit has been established for declaring the signed 20 certificates void”, therewith confirming that Expo 2015 has performed its obligations towards the Ministry of Economy consistently with the requirements of the applicable laws. The court also dismissed the counterclaim lodged by the Ministry of Economy on declaring invalid work acceptance – certificates due to fraud and on the collection of damages in the amount of 632 013.04 EUR.

The limited partnership Expo 2015 was represented at the court by the managing partner at COBALT Lauris Liepa and sworn advocate Matīss Šķiņķis from the Law Office “Šķiņķis Pētersons”.

Firm’s senior associate Mārtiņš Daģis comments on procurement issues

Mārtiņš Daģis, senior assiociate of Šķiņķis Pētersons, is one of public procurement experts who have commented on procurement issues in journal “Iepirkumi”:

Office Lawyers give lectures at Prof. K.Dišlers Public Law Summer School

On 31 August 2018 sworn advocate Mārtiņš Pētersons and sworn advocate Matīss Šķiņķis gave lectures on “Taxes and Huma Rights” and “Tax Constitutional Control” at Prof. K.Dišlers Public Law School. 

The presentations are available here: Presentation of Matīss Šķiņķis and Presentation of Mārtiņš Pētersons

New colleague has joined Škiņķis Pētersons

We are happy to announce that senior associate Martins Dagis has joined law firm Šķiņķis Pētersons. Martins has in-depth knowledge and experience in administrative proceedings and public law. Prior to joining Šķiņķis Pētersons Martins gained experience working as an assistant to judge in the Administrative Court of Appeal and as an associate in one of the largest law firms in Latvia. Martins is specializing in public procurement disputes, and he has handled landmark cases that are important for the development of public procurement sector.

Law Office Partner Matīss Šķiņķis meets with UEFA president

Last week on July 9 the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Aleksander Čeferin paid a working visit to Latvia. The partner of our law office Matīss Šķiņķis participated in the meeting as the representative of the Latvian Football Federation (LFF).

One of the main objectives of the meeting was to strengthen the joint awareness of UEFA, LFF, state authorities and municipalities on the necessity to engage in cooperation towards development of football in Latvia. During the visit the UEFA president met with the President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, Vice-Chairman of Riga City Council Andris Ameriks and the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Latvia Daina Reizniece Ozola. It was talked about the importance of football and its potential in offering different opportunities to public, by also addressing the priority directions of LFF in the upcoming years and the cooperation possibilities among UEFA, LFF and state authorities in the development of football infrastructure and popularization of sport.

The partner of the law office Šķinķis Pētersons had the honour of meeting UEFA president and the law office would like to thank LFF management for the cooperation, wishing good luck in attaining the set goals.

Administrative courts acknowledge rights of law firms in Latvia to be VAT payers

Administrative court of appeal has adopted decision obliging the State Revenue Service to register law firm Šķiņķis Pētersons in the VAT register. The court elaborately analyzed status of a law firm and concluded that it complies with all substantial  characteristics of a legal person. The decision is final. We hope the decision will help also those of colleagues who have had similar problem with the State Revenue Service.

Successful outcome in legal proceedings regarding municipality’s obligation of entering into administrative agreement on implementation of detailed plan

On 19 April 2018 the Department of administrative cases of the Supreme Court adopted decision refusing initiation of cassation proceedings in relation to claim of cassation of Ogre Municipality. Thus, the judgment of the Administrative Court of Appeal, which is favorable to law firm’s clients, has come into force obliging Ogre Municipality to enter into administrative agreement with firm’s clients on implementation of the detailed plan. The detailed plan provides for construction of supermarket on the clients’ land plot and construction of a street on municipality’s land.

Attorney of Šķiņķis Pētersons ranked by Chambers Global 2018 and Chambers Europe 2018

International rating agency Chambers and Partners has issued its newest guides Chambers Global 2018 and Chambers Europe 2018. In both guides attorney at law Matīss Šķiņķis has been ranked in Dispute Resolution.

 

According to the latest edition of Chambers Global 2018 and Chambers Europe 2018: “Matīss Šķiņķis moved from COBALT to his own firm, Šķiņķis Pētersons, in January 2018. He frequently advises on public law cases, including constitutional and administrative disputes. He attracts praise for his responsiveness and regulatory expertise.”

 

Chambers and Partners is international rating agency which ranks best lawyers since 1990, and now covers more than 180 jurisdictions in different legal fields.

Law firm Šķiņķis Pētersons becomes official partner of Latvian Football Federation

Attorneys of Šķiņķis Pētersons are among the few legal practitioners who handle sports law related matters on a daily basis. The firm acts for individual sportsmen and for sports organizations on a variety of sports law matters. Therefore, law firm Šķiņķis Pētersons has decided to partner with biggest sports organization in Latvia – Latvian Football Federation. Within the partnership attorneys of Šķiņķis Pētersons will provide daily legal assistance to Latvian Football Federation.

Law firm Šķiņķis Pētersons advices on tax payers` rights in tax audits

Attorney at law Matīss Šķiņķis in his article “Tax audit of SRS and rights of the parties” explains tax payers` and Tax administration`s rights and obligations in tax audits.

Successful representation in litigation against the State Employment Agency

On 7 February 2018, Riga city Vidzeme Suburb Court awarded a judgment in the claim of SIA “Hofman Studio” and several other authors against the State Employment Agency on the collection of royalties, compensation of moral harm and imposition of the prohibition to use the authors’ work.

Attorney at Law Matīss Šķiņķis advises on gold investments and taxes

The recent tax reform has introduced a number of changes in the Law “On the Personal Income Tax”. The amendments to the law also affect persons who have or are looking forward to sell investment gold in Latvia after 1 January 2018.  The partner of the law firm Šķiņķis Pētersons attorney at law Matīss Sķiņķis will answer the most relevant issues pertaining to investment gold and taxation.

The law firm Šķiņķis Pētersons opened!

On 16 January 2018 the Latvian Bar Association rendered the decision on the registration of the law firm Šķiņķis Pētersons. Šķiņķis Pētersons is the first law firm in Latvia specializing in representation before the Constitutional Court, ECHR and in administrative proceedings.

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