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Sandra-Kristin
Kärner

Senior Associate

Country: Tallinn, Estonia

Short description

Sandra-Kristin’s main area of practice is dispute resolution with a focus on offence proceedings. She has successfully represented clients in proceedings concerning complex and large-scale economic and corruption offences as well as criminal official misconduct, achieving significant judicial decisions acquitting her clients or terminating the proceedings. She also has extensive experience in misdemeanour proceedings in various fields (including environmental, medical and financial misdemeanours). In addition, Sandra-Kristin has excellent knowledge of the rules and regulations on prevention of money laundering and on international cooperation in criminal matters. Sandra-Kristin also represents clients in civil litigation and she has advised corporate clients on conducting internal investigations, detecting offences involving mismanagement and filing related claims.

Experience
  • Acting as a defence counsel in the criminal matter involving the Port of Tallinn.
  • Participating in the defence of companies and natural persons providing corporate and business advice, incl. in a criminal matter concerning unauthorised operation in a field of activity involving a financial service.
  • Representing corporate clients and credit institutions as victims in criminal matters related to various economic and money laundering offences.
  • Achieving the termination of criminal proceedings against an Estonian agricultural machinery company belonging to a Nordic retail and wholesale group.
  • Defending Pandivere Pansion OÜ and a management board member in criminal proceedings before the Supreme Court.
  • Advising a foreign credit institution on legal and regulatory issues related to prevention of money laundering.
  • Achieving the termination of environmental misdemeanour proceedings (with a maximum fine of 400,000 euros) against a mining and quarrying company.
  • Acting as a defence counsel in the criminal matter involving Edgar Savisaar.
  • Successful defence of a transport company in criminal proceedings initiated on account of suspicion of corruption.
  • Representing a company in an administrative dispute with the Police and Border Guard Board regarding access to a criminal file, and achieving landmark judgments in the Supreme Court.
  • Achieving the acquittal of the construction company TUISU OÜ and a management board member in relation to a charge of benefit fraud of approximately 350,000 euros.
  • Achieving the termination of proceedings and acquittal of an entrepreneur in relation to a charge of benefit fraud of approximately 300,000 euros.
  • Successful defence of the electrical and electronic equipment producers' responsibility organisation in an environmental misdemeanour matter.
  • Successful representation of SA Rakvere Teatrimaja in various civil proceedings.
Career
  • From 2020 – law firm Derling Primus, Senior Associate
  • From 2020 – Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, conducting seminars on Introduction to Legal Analysis and Argumentation
  • From 2019 – Faculty of Law, University of Tartu, conducting lectures and seminars on Criminal Procedure
  • 2014-2019 – Ellex Raidla Law Firm, Lawyer, Associate, Senior Associate
Education
  • University of Tartu, MA in Law (2014)
  • University of Tartu, BA in Law (2012)
  • International summer school in France, Université d'été de Boulogne-sur-Mer (2011)
Membership
  • European Criminal Bar Association (since 2019)
  • European Fraud and Compliance Lawyers (since 2019)
  • Estonian Bar Association (since 2015)
Languages: Estonian, English
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