Merli Mäesalu

Merli Mäesalu

Senior Associate
Tallinn, Estonia

Merli Mäesalu mainly advises clients on constitutional and administrative law. In addition, she has advised companies in various registration and activity licence proceedings. 

  • About

    Merli Mäesalu has notable experience and a wide knowledge base in advising clients on constitutional and administrative law. She specialises in dispute resolution and represents clients in court. Her main focus is planning, construction and environmental law, but she is also fluent in matters pertaining to the ownership reform, state liability and public service disputes. She has represented both state institutions and private companies in European Union aid proceedings and court disputes. Merli Mäesalu also advises state and local government agencies on drafting and contesting administrative acts.

    In addition, she has advised companies in various registration and activity licence proceedings. She has also represented clients in disputes with the Consumer Protection Board, the Food and Veterinary Office, the Environmental Board and country governments.

    She has outstanding practical knowledge in administrative law thanks to her previous work experience in Tallinn Administrative Court. She represents clients in challenge procedures and disputing the activities and resolutions of administrative authorities. Merli Mäesalu has also conducted academic research in the field of litigation.

  • Major Projects
    • 16.11.2017

      Helping Estonia’s giant offshore wind project get the green light

      TGS Baltic has successfully represented Estonia's Hiiu County Government in administrative court in three disputes regarding spatial plans providing general conditions for establishing offshore wind farms.

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    • Representing the Estonian University of Life Sciences in administrative court regarding plagiarism

      Successfully representing the Estonian University of Life Sciences in administrative court, where Andres Menind contested a decision that deemed his doctoral thesis to be plagiarism.

    • Advising Emajõe Kaubanduskeskus in disputes regarding the Tasku shopping centre

      Advising Emajõe Kaubanduskeskus in disputes regarding the Tasku shopping centre, detailed plan proceedings of the bus station extension and disputes arisen.

    • Representing Rapla municipality in court disputes concerning real estate developments

      Representing Rapla municipality in court disputes concerning legal issues arising from the processing of detailed plans and real estate developments.

    • Advising TTP regarding the administrative contract regulating the obligation to construct detailed facilities

      Advising real estate and construction company TTP regarding the administrative contract regulating the obligation to construct detailed facilities.

    • Representing Realister against the Republic of Estonia

      Representing Realister against the Republic of Estonia in the first case in Estonian case law regarding a claim for damages caused by the breach of European Community law by courts.

    • Representing Koger & Partnerid in complex construction disputes with consortium partner

      Representing Koger & Partnerid in complex construction disputes with consortium partner Binders and contracting entity Estonian Road Administration over the EUR 16 million construction of the City of Pärnu bypass in 2011.

    • Representing Invego in various administrative proceedings and litigation

      Representing real estate projects and companies merged under the common brand Invego in various administrative proceedings and litigation.

    • Representing Euroapteek against the Estonian Agency of Medicines

      Representing Euroapteek against the Estonian Agency of Medicines in the constitutional review regarding the restriction of the location of the pharmacy.

    • Delivering a legal audit to the Tallinn City Council and City Administration in the criminal case of Tallinn’s former mayor

      Delivering a legal audit to the Tallinn City Council and City Administration on matters that are under investigation in the criminal case of Tallinn’s former mayor Edgar Savisaar. The firm’s assignment was to investigate procurements, a legal dispute and transactions from administrative and civil law point of view and to determine possible infringements and deviations, risks for further legal disputes and to give recommendations for necessary actions and proceedings.

  • CV

    Memberships

    2011
    Estonian Bar Association
    2007
    ELSA Estonia

    Professional career

    Since 2017
    Senior Associate, law firm TGS Baltic (formerly Varul)
    2014–2017
    Senior Associate, law firm Varul
    2012–2013
    Associate, law firm Varul
    2011–2012
    Associate, law firm Glikman & Partners
    2010–2011
    Consultant, Tallinn Administrative Court
    2009
    Intern, Estonian Ministry of Justice
    2008
    Counsel, University of Tartu Student’s Law Office
    2008
    Intern, Tartu Courthouse of Tartu County Court
    2007
    Intern, law firm Valge & Uiga

    Education

    2010
    University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, MA
    2009
    University of Salzburg, summer programme on private international law
    2008
    University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, BA