Pan-Baltic firm Lawin has responded to increasing demand for EU advice from its clients by securing a Brussels base.
The firm has found office space in Brussels, which it will use as a location for a ‘European Law Excellence Centre’ (Elex). Headed by Lithuania industry and regulatory practice group head Jaunius Gumbis, a team of 11 lawyers will form the group advising clients on EU trade and regulatory issues.
For the time being no lawyers will be permanently based in Brussels but the firm is not ruling out that development for the future.
Gumbis said that since the Baltic states’ accession to the EU in 2004, clients had increasingly needed advice on EU matters and had realised that the region offered multiple business opportunities. Lithuania takes over the presidency of the council of the EU in July next year, with Latvia assuming the role in January 2015 and Estonia three years later.
“It’s quite complicated for our clients to understand how to get benefits out of Brussels,” Gumbis added.
He said the firm was not trying to win new clients through the Elex project, but instead wanted to better serve its existing clients.
Lawin is the first Baltic firm to open a Brussels base. Its premises are in the same building as Polish firm Wardynski & Partners and Brick Court Chambers.