We represented Elisa, Estonia’s leading telecommunications services provider, in a public procurement dispute with Estonian Railways, a railway infrastructure manager, in relation to the terms of a public tender announced by the latter.

In accordance with the law

At the EUR 300,000 tender, Estonian Railways sought to contract a provider of landline telephone services, including the rental of terminal equipment (IP phones and IP/analogue adapters) and mobile voice and data services during 2023-2027.

Compromise reached

The case was resolved rather unconventionally as the parties reached an agreement, essentially a compromise. Under the agreement, all of the disputed terms were reworded.

“Settling a dispute by agreement is a rare occurrence in the realm of public procurement and happens only a few times a year. Nevertheless, the settlement proves that procurement disputes can lead to satisfactory results without a dispute,” explained Mario Sõrm, the Sorainen senior associate who represented the client in the Public Procurement Review Committee.

Our services and client team

We represented Elisa before the Public Procurement Review Committee and advised the client on all legal issues relating to the compromise.

Our client team was led by senior associate Mario Sõrm, supported by senior associate Gerli Helene Gritsenko.