Tanel Kask

Junior Associate


  • Estonian, English



  • Litigation
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Public Procurement
  • Public Sector & Constitutional Law


Tanel is a lawyer with long-term experience in judicial work. Prior to joining Derling, he worked at the Supreme Court in a number of positions, ranging from Case Law Analyst to Head of the Training and Legal Information Departments. Tanel has also directed the Estonian Law Centre Foundation, which arranged for in-service training of judges, prosecutors and lawyers. In addition, he has long-term experience in international communication (in particular through the European Judicial Training Network and the International Judicial Training Network). Tanel is currently practicing law in contractual matters and disputes, administrative procedures, public procurement, and many other areas. He also has experience in the fields of penal law and criminal proceedings, and has worked as an investigator at the Economic Crime Investigation Division of Tartu Police Prefecture.
Tanel has completed a number of training courses at home and abroad, including with the scholarship of Herbert-Quandt-Stiftung at the University of Konstanz in Germany. His thesis ‘Tax Fraud in Estonian and German Law’ won the first place in the Tax Research Competition organised by the Estonian Taxpayers Association.

Professional experience

  • From 2018 – law firm DERLING, Junior Associate
  • 2007-2009 – Estonian Law Centre Foundation, management board member (Director)
  • 2017-2018 – Supreme Court, Head of Legal Information Department
  • 2009-2018 – Supreme Court, Head of Training Department
  • 2006-2007 – Supreme Court (Legal Information Department), Case Law Analyst (penal law)
  • 2003-2005 – Supreme Court (Legal Information Department), Chief Specialist (penal law)
  • 2001-2003 – Tartu Police Prefecture (Economic Crime Investigation Division), pre-trial proceedings for criminal matters


  • University of Tartu, Bachelor of Law (equivalent to Master’s degree), 2003
  • University of Konstanz (Germany), exchange student, 2000-2001
  • University of Tartu, bachelor’s studies in sociology, 1997-1998

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