About us

Pohla & Hallmägi was founded in the summer of 1997 by Asko Pohla, from the law firm Asko Pohla, and Andres Hallmägi and Jüri Ploom from Heta law firm. Before founding his own law firm Asko Pohla worked as a an attorney at Raidla & Partners (today Ellex Raidla).

Toivo Viilup joined Pohla & Hallmägi in 1998, Martin Männik in 2003 and Teele Viilup in 2006. All mentioned colleagues joined the law firm immediately after graduating from the University of Tartu or even before that.

The name partner Andres Hallmägi started working as a judge in 2013.

At present Pohla & Hallmägi is a medium-sized, dynamic, modern and independent law firm offering the highest quality professional legal and business advisory services to mostly corporate clients in the fields of private law and procedural law. We are market leaders and internationally recognized in a number of specific areas such as litigation and maritime law.

Our litigators Asko Pohla and Toivo Viilup practice as arbitrators at the international level in addition to regular legal counseling.

Asko Pohla has been the chairman of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Arbitration Council since 1997, since 2018 he has been a member of the International Criminal Court Arbitration and Out-of-Court Dispute Resolution Committee (Paris, France) and since 2013 a member of the International Investment Dispute Settlement Centre (Washington, USA). From 2012 to 2018 Asko Pohla was a member of the ICC Arbitration and ADR Committee (Paris, France) and is currently an arbitrator of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICAC), an arbitrator of the Marine Arbitration Commission of the Russian Federation of Commerce and Industry and ICAC.

Our office is a member of the Norwegian-Estonian Chamber of Commerce (NECC), the Estonian-Swedish Chamber of Commerce (ESCC), ICC Estonia and the world's largest shipping network "Shiparrested".

Partners Asko Pohla and Jüri Ploom are the members of the International Bar Association (IBA). Jüri Ploom was a member of the board of NECC in 2009-2020 and continues to be a member of Team Norway at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway.

Due to the international nature of our business, we have day-to-day cooperation and partner offices in many countries around the world. Pohla & Hallmägi values ​​independence in the selection of international partners and has refrained from joining networks connecting different law firms. Professional independence allows us to recommend only the best experts in our field to our clients in international work.

Our experts are highly regarded in independent legal publications evaluating prominent law firms such as Chambers, Legal500, CEELEGAL, Expert Guides, Who's Who Legal, Shiparrested and others.

Throughout the years we have been one of the most profitable law firms operating in Estonia and have found constant notation. Äripäev ranked Pohla & Hallmägi among the 5 best law firms in Estonia in the market overview of business consultants published at the end of 2020 covering the 38 largest law firms. Pohla & Hallmägi has been in the Top 10 in previous field rankings and market reviews.

We are grateful for such a high recognition both to our own clients and, of course, to our colleagues, whose work is not conceivable to achieve such a result.

In addition to Estonian, our office also advises clients in English, Russian and Finnish.

Our people

Asko Pohla

Attorney-at-Law

  • Domestic and international arbitration
  • Maritime law including sale of vessels, chartering and arrest
  • International trade law
  • Contract and property law
  • Commercial law
  • Construction and planning law
  • Environmental law

Jüri Poom

Attorney-at-Law

  • Contract and property law
  • Commercial law
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Bankruptcy law and recovery
  • Securities

Toivo Viilup

Attorney-at-Law

  • Contract and property law
  • Commercial law
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Procedural & arbitration law
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Construction and planning law

Martin Männik

Attorney-at-Law

  • European Union law
  • Contract and property law
  • Competition law
  • Criminal law
  • Public procurements
  • Medical law
  • Maritime law
  • Litigation

Teele Viilup

Attorney-at-Law

  • Contract and property law
  • Commercial law
  • Media law
  • Family law & succession
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Labour law

Madli Astok

Lawyer

  • Assisting attorneys in commercial law