Indrek Niklus

Legal Counsel
+372 610 8017
+372 525 7882

General Contract Law
Insurance Law
Construction and Real Estate
Dispute Resolution
Relations with State, Policy Development, Research
Enforcement, Reorganisation and Bankruptcy Proceedings
Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Corporate Law
Family Law and International Family Law


Indrek has worked in the legal field since 2004. From 2005 until joining NOVE, Indrek worked at the Ministry of Justice’s private law department, which he has been leading for the last 10 years. Owing to his long-term experience in the Ministry of Justice, Indrek is well positioned in all matters concerning the legislative process in Estonia. He has been involved in many negotiations with stakeholders, in heated debates in various committees of Riigikogu, and has clarified the functioning of the current law in the press. Before discovering the fascinating world of law, Indrek studied forestry at the Estonian University of Life Sciences and worked for a short time as a junior researcher at the same university and after that in a logging company in Põlva.

For more than a decade, Indrek has been active in academic activities, helping to conduct studies at the Faculty of Law of the University of Tartu. During the years worked at the Ministry of Justice, Indrek has had a chance to perform at many conferences, seminars and discussions to introduce legal policy choices made in Estonian private law and to clarify new draft laws prepared by the Ministry of Justice.

Together with attorney-at-law Paul Varul and State Judge Saale Laos Indrek was awarded in 2018 with the prize “Defender of the Right” for his current activities in the development of Estonian law.

According to Art 40 (3) of the Bar Association Act counsel does not provide legal services. Counsel is assisting the attorneys.

Work experience

2019–… Law Office NOVE, Legal Counsel
2006–… University of Tartu, Faculty of Law, organizer of various civil law seminars
2009–2019 Ministry of Justice, Head of the Private Law department
2005–2009 Ministry of Justice, Counsel of the Private Law department
2004–2005 Lowell Eesti AS (former Lindorff Eesti AS), lawyer’s assistant
2001–2002 Lemeks Põlva AS, master
1999–2000 Estonian University of Life Sciences, junior researcher


2007–2009 University of Freiburg, Germany, Freiburg im Breisgau, law studies
2002–2006 University of Tartu, Faculty of Law (BA cum laude)
1995–1999 Estonian University of Life Sciences, silviculture (cum laude)



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