I am head of the firm’s Public Procurement & Public Projects team in Estonia. This forms part of the Dispute Resolution and Risk Management practice. In my view, a dispute resolution team is like an emergency room for legal issues: disputes arise quickly in various areas of the law and the key to success is to form a unique and highly skilled unit for each dispute.
Dispute resolution experience. Although public procurement-related issues are my passion, I have also successfully represented clients in public and civil law cases ‒ for example, involving state liability, waste management, environmental law, land reform and consumer protection. My secondary field of expertise is employment law disputes, including representing employers in cases where an employee has been diagnosed with an occupational disease.
Knowing both sides. Before joining Sorainen, I worked in the public sector as a public procurement specialist and policymaker. Having the desire to fully understand both the contracting authority’s and the tenderer’s side of the process, and to get a grasp of many different cases, I chose to work as a lawyer. This allows me to see the daily joys and concerns of many different tenderers and also still advise several contracting authorities. My experience in public procurement law dates back to 2007.
Trainer and mentor. I have trained judges, state authorities and local authorities as well as businesses focusing on public procurement. In addition, for many years I have taught public procurement law at the Law Faculty of the University of Tartu. I deeply appreciate the firm’s mentoring programme and place high value on the fact that every colleague feels a real member of the team because team-work and cooperation are key components of quality work.
Academic work in public procurement law. I have written all my academic theses in the field of public procurement law (framework agreements and grounds for exclusion in Estonian and EU public procurement law). I am currently writing a PhD thesis on the contracting authority’s due diligence obligation.
Educated in public and municipal law. In earlier studies at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences I specialised in public law. In addition, I was awarded a certificate for acting as a rural or city municipality secretary.
- University of Tartu, Faculty of Law (PhD, to be obtained)
- University of Tartu, Faculty of Law (LL.M.)
- University of Tartu, Faculty of Law (LL.B.)
- Estonian Academy of Security Sciences (Professional higher education in public administration)
I am a member of
- Estonian Bar Association
Deals & Cases
Sorainen represents the Ministry of Environment in a disputeDeals & Cases
Škoda winner in Elron procurement for six new trains in 2024Deals & Cases / Äripäev / ERR
Sorainen represents client in landmark dispute on tender priceDeals & Cases
City of Tallinn municipal company enters into EUR 80 million procurement contractDeals & Cases / Äripäev / Pealinn
Court rules in favour of Svarmil in dispute with former employeeDeals & Cases
In-house transactions: lost in translation?Publication
Public Procurement webinar 23.04.2020 Q&APublication
When force majeure intervenes with public procurement (in Estonian)Publication / Äripäev
Public procurement in times of crisis: the Baltic StatesPublication
Contracts with the winners of procurements should be signed as soon as possible to help companies survive (in Estonian)Publication / Ärileht