Irina Kostina

Associate Partner

Head of Employment law practice

Latvia

+371 678 14862

Irina Kostina is Head of Employment practice and one of the leading Dispute Resolution practice legal counsels at Ellex in Latvia, specializing in employment and dispute resolution matters.

Irina is an expert on legal relationships with directors and executive employees, as well as the complex multi-jurisdictional transfer of undertakings and reorganisation issues. She assists in the organisation of internal investigation processes in case of breaches perpetrated by employees. Irina has experience in matters concerning outsourcing and posting of employees which requires the expertise of corporate and tax law either.

Irina’s experience includes representation of clients in administrative and civil proceedings in courts, as well as arbitration courts. Irina has also advised clients in cases related to commercial, tax, public procurement and insolvency laws. She advises and represents clients to accomplish recognition and enforcement of foreign court rulings and arbitral awards and cooperates with bailiffs in enforcement proceedings.

Irina is the author of numerous local and foreign publications and a sought after speaker for public seminars and conferences regarding employment matters and disputes. Since 2016 Irina has held the position of Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Irina Kostina has in-depth knowledge of the industry.

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2018

Riga Graduate Schoool of Law

LL.M. in Law & Finance, degree with merit

2007

University of Latvia

Master of Laws (LL.M.)

2006

University of Latvia

Professional law degree (dipl.iur.)

International Bar Association (IBA)

Member

Latvian Bar Association

Member

European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)

Member

International Association of young lawyers (AIJA)

National representative

The Foreign Investors' Council in Latvia (FICIL)

Member
Head of Labour Force Issues work group

2021

European Employment Law Update: Flexibility and Teleworking
Garrigues, May 2021

The guide has been elaborated by all the law firms included on the European Employment Group of the World Services Group.

Associate Partner Irina Kostina and Associate Ints Skaldis are co-authors of the Latvia chapter of the guide.

2021

Guide to Minimum Terms of Employment for Posted Workers
Wardyński & Partners, April 2021

The revised Guide compiles practical information on the most relevant employment terms and conditions applicable to workers posted to 22 jurisdictions. Ellex employment experts in Latvia Irina Kostina and Ints Skaldis are co-authors of the Latvia chapter of the guide.

2020

WSG Global COVID-19 Task Force & Resource Center
World Services Group, April 2020

Due to the Covid-19 situation across the world, the international resource organization World Services Group has launched a Global Task Force and Resource Center with experts from several different jurisdictions to advise and guide during these uncertain times. As an active member of this network, Ellex lawyers in Latvia are the main contact with questions concerning Latvian law.

2020

Global Employment Law Guide

Lex Mundi's Labor & Employment and Employee Benefits & Pensions Practice Group has released the latest Global Employment Law Guide. It provides relevant and timely information on important employment laws in more than 50 jurisdictions.
The guide draws on the expertise of Lex Mundi member firms from around the world. Ellex in Latvia is the exclusive member of Lex Mundi in Latvia, therefore, our employment experts Irina Kostina and Ints Skaldis have prepared the Latvia chapter of the guide.

2020

COVID-19 disease and the rights and duties of an employer
By: Irina Kostina and Ints Skaldis, March 2020

Considering the state of emergency declared in the Republic of Latvia as a result of the spread of the Covid-19 infection, we have summarized the most important matters to be considered by employers at this time.

2020

Guide to Minimum Terms of Employment of Posted Workers
Wardyński & Partners, March 2020

The guide was created by Wardyński & Partners involving other lawyers from firms across 25 European countries who shared contributions on their jurisdictions.

This guide compiles practical information on the most relevant employment terms and conditions applicable to workers posted to each jurisdiction, such as working time, rest periods, minimum wage, overtime work, holiday leave, equal treatment and equal opportunities, and health and safety.

Ellex employment experts in Latvia Irina Kostina and Ints Skaldis are co-authors of the Latvia chapter of the guide.

2020

European Employment Law Update 2020
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2020

The annual Employment Law Update compiles updates from 34 leading law firms and aims to assist organisations with a pan-European presence in keeping up-to-date with changes to legislation and best practice.

The Head of Employment Law practice at Ellex in Latvia Irina Kostina is the author of the Latvia chapter of the guide.

2019

Equal Gender Pay Booklet
Shepherd and Wedderburn has launched a unique Guide to Obtaining an EU Passport. This guide has been produced in collaboration with immigration specialists from the other 27 EU Member States and provides a handy reference point for British citizens looking to protect their EU citizenship post-Brexit and for anyone looking to obtain British citizenship.

Ints Skaldis, associate at Ellex in Latvia, is the author of the Latvia chapter of the guide.

2019

International Execution against Judgment Debtors

Thomson Reuters, March 2019

Publication in collaboration with The Center for International Legal Studies.

Irina Kostina, Associate Partner and Head of Employment Law practice at Ellex in Latvia is the author of the Latvia chapter of the guide.

2019

European Employment Law Update 2019
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2019

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP in cooperation with 32 European leading law firms has created a survey compiling updates in the labour law sector across the continent.

The annual Employment Law Update aims to help organisations with a pan-European presence keep up-to-date with changes to legislation and best practice.

The Head of Employment Law practice at Ellex in Latvia Irina Kostina is the author of the Latvia chapter of the guide.

2019

Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform
World Bank Group; January 2019

Ellex team in Latvia has had a long-lasting cooperation with The World Bank contributing to the report “Doing Business” annually.

Doing Business 2019 is the 16th in a series of annual reports investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. The report provides quantitative indicators covering 11 areas of the business environment in 190 economies. Ellex experts in Latvia Daiga Zivtiņa, Irina Kostina, Anete Dimitrovska, Andris Lazdiņš and Valters Diure are contributors of the Latvia chapter of the report.

The goal of the Doing Business series is to provide objective data for use by governments in designing sound business regulatory policies and to encourage research on the important dimensions of the regulatory environment for firms.

2018

International Execution against Judgment Debtors

Thomson Reuters, December 2018

This edition is an excellent source of general information regarding the enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards in over 75 foreign jurisdictions. Written by experienced local lawyers, it is an aid to understanding the standards applicable when determining whether a judgment will be recognized and enforced.

The Head of Employment Law practice at Ellex in Latvia Irina Kostina is the author of the Latvia chapter of the guide.

2018

European Investigations Guide 2018
Hogan Lovells International LLP, June 2018

The first edition of the European Investigations Guide 2018 is designed to provide you with a quick reference to some of the most pressing questions relating to internal investigations in European countries.

Ellex experts in Latvia Irina Kostina and Edvijs Zandars are the authors of the Latvia chapter of the guide.

2018

European Employment Law Update 2018
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, in cooperation with 31 leading law firms, has created a guide, summarising the latest developments in the labour law sector.

The 2018 edition of the Employment Law Update aims to assist entrepreneurs throughout Europe by providing them with the latest information in the labour law, including preparation for implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018.

Irina Kostina is the author of the Latvia chapter of the guide containing information about the latest and key changes to the Labour Code in Latvia.

2016

International Execution against Judgment Debtors

Thomson Reuters, October 2016

This issue is a source of general information regarding the enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards in more than 75 jurisdictions.
It has been written by experienced local lawyers and it is useful for understanding the standards applicable when determining whether a judgment will be recognized and enforced. Chapters devoted to each country provide detailed commentary on recent cases that illustrate current law, execution proceedings, costs, availability of an appeals process and time limitations.

Irina Kostina is the co-author of the Latvia chapter of the publication.

2015

Workforce Restructuring in Europe 2015
Workforce Restructuring in Europe is a Bloomsbury Professional edition, which provides practical employment law guidance on HR restructuring matters across 30 European jurisdictions. It is an essential title for all employment law practitioners and HR specialists who work for, or advise, businesses that have offices in multiple European states. The book also includes individual State chapters aid practical comparison and local status of legislation and case law.
Ellex experts in Latvia Daiga Zivtiņa and Irina Kostina are the authors of the Chapter 17. The chapter focuses on Workforce Restructuring in Latvia and involves various important matters related to the theme.

2015

World Bank Group project “Doing Business” - Enforcing Contracts

Participating in World Bank Group project “Doing Business” with expertise in the fields of Enforcing Contracts in Latvia.

Doing Business report, one of the most cited publications of the World Bank Group, is an annual report which measures business regulation in 189 economies. It has received positive feedback from investors and governments around the world who are using the Doing Business reports as an input for business and policy debate about regulatory reform.