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“True professionals who have the ability to translate complex legal issues into easily understandable terms.” (The Legal 500, 2018)



Country: Estonia

Short description

Toomas Taube specializes in matters related to corporate, commercial, and labor law. Toomas is also actively engaged in matters of intellectual property. More than 20 years of experience has given him widespread knowledge and experience in the field of corporate law and labor law as well as made him one of the most acknowledged specialists in the areas in Estonia. He has been described as the “brilliant” lawyer who “works really hard for his clients” (Legal500 2018), “very good specialist” and “a highly skilled lawyer and a pleasure to work with” (Chambers Europe 2019).

Toomas is a go-to lawyer for corporate, employment and IP matters for many international corporations, different sized Estonian companies, and private individuals. A considerable number of those clients have trusted their issues and disputes in the hands of Toomas for more than a decade. Amongst many others his clients include Hewlett Packard, Michelin, Avon, DSV and Liviko. Toomas is also a renowned trainer and lecturer.

  • Since 2016 Partner, law firm DERLING PRIMUS (previous firm name till September 2018 – DERLING)
  • 1996 - 2016 Partner, law firm Tark Grunte Sutkiene
  • 1996 Intern, law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur (Washington, D.C., USA)
  • 1994 - 1995 Lawyer, City Council of Tartu, Legal Department
  • 1994 Intern, law firm Tisell & Co (Sweden)
  • 1993 - 1994 Member of work group for developing a new Civil Code Act, The Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Estonia
  • College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, USA), Master of Laws (1996)
  • University of Tartu, Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), officially equivalent to MA (1995)
  • Uppsala University, Stockholm University, University of Oslo, summer courses (1993 - 1994)
  • Estonian Bar Association (since 1996)
  • Member of the Legal500 Hall of Fame
  • Leading individual, Legal500, 2018
  • Ranked lawyer, Chambers Europe 2019
  • Labor and Employment Law "Lawyer of the Year", The Best Lawyers 2017-2018
  • Ranked lawyer, WTR1000 2019
  • Trade mark star, IP Stars 2019
Languages: Estonian, English
Press & Publications
  • Co-author of the book “Tööõigus. Näidised ja kommentaarid” (Labor Law. Samples and Commentaries), Äripäev Publishers, 2009-present
  • Author of the article “Piirame pensioni kogumist” (Let’s Limit the Accumulation of Pensions), Äripäev journal 18.07.2016
  • Author of the article “Kuidas käituda, kui töösuhe ületab piire?” (How to Act when an Employment Relationship Crosses Boundaries?), Äripäev journal 17.06.2016
  • Co-author of the article “Kuidas kaitsta autoriõigusi töösuhtes?” (How to Protect Copyright in an Employment Relationship?), Äripäev journal 04.12.2015
  • Other articles related to matters of corporate law and labor law