Fields of expertise
Administrative and Constitutional — Head of Practice
Environment and Planning — Head of Practice
Competition and State Aid
Construction and Real Estate
Aviation and Shipping
Infrastructure and Energy
Villy advises clients primarily in the field of public law, which includes negotiating with different authorities and handling court disputes against the state. With his background as Head of the Legal Department and Principal Lawyer at the Estonian Tax and Customs Board, Villy has remarkable skills and experience in communicating with state authorities.
As one of the most sought-after experts on tax matters, Villy has participated in most major tax disputes in Estonia. These include, for example, successfully representing the City of Tallinn against a large group of undertakings in a sales tax dispute, or representing a client in the ground-breaking case of the constitutional review of tax interests in the Constitutional Review Chamber of the Supreme Court.
In recent years, Villy has focused on the protection of the interests of local authorities in their interactions with the state and has seen repeated success in representing clients in many heated disputes before the Supreme Court and raising questions of constitutionality concerns. Villy has also acted as a criminal defence counsel in cases of economic crime and represented a large number of clients at the European Court of Human Rights.
Villy is a member of the Estonian Bar Association Tax Committee as well as a passionate and experienced lecturer in the field. He has provided training to entrepreneurs, students as well as various authorities, such as officials of the Tax and Customs Board and judges of the Republic of Estonia.
Villy Lopman and Karmen Kaplinski, in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance, conducted training on the subject of comprehensive plans and property restrictions
- Villy Lopman and Annika Soom speak at a seminar of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
RASK attorneys train entrepreneurs on data protection and prevention of money laundering
Attorney Villy Lopman participates in meeting on amendments to Commercial Code
Speaking at the Day of Cities and Municipalities, Villy Lopman explained the rights of local governments when appealing directly to the Supreme Court
Villy Lopman comments in Eesti Päevaleht on the legal controversy surrounding the closing of rural schools
Villy Lopman: landowners and local residents have the right to challenge higher-level plans
The Supreme Court clarified the rights and obligations of local governments in protecting forests with tree carvings when preparing comprehensive plans
Villy Lopman and Ramon Rask discuss legal issues related to renewable energy projects on Kuku Radio
Villy Lopman comments in Delfi on the legislative inconsistency in the Planning Act and the Forest Act
Villy Lopman interviews Rally Estonia driver and rally legend Urmo Aava for Edasi.org
Keidi Kõiv and Villy Lopman write about ARIB’s controversial interpretation of area-related aid