Meet our Trainees

Anton Backman, Knowledge Management Trainee, Knowledge Management, Helsinki

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When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I joined Hannes Snellman as a Knowledge Management Trainee in the spring of 2017. I had previous experience from Hannes Snellman working as an Office Support Trainee, and therefore returning to the same firm felt somewhat natural to me.

What is included in a normal working day?
A normal working day at the KM desk includes both routine tasks relating to editing pieces of news and managing the library collections, as well as more dynamic and varying assignments ranging from fact-finding to compilation of legal and other research material.

Can you describe your working group?
The KM team is a small working group, a task force ready to dig for information and facts to support the lawyers’ work. The advantage of having a tight-knit team is that you really get to know your peers while simultaneously exposing yourself to a steep learning curve as you constantly learn new things both from your fellow trainees as well as your superiors.

What do you like about your job?
What’s really great about the KM Trainee position is that you are placed at a vantage point overlooking all the different practice areas of the firm, rather than just focusing on one of them. The KM Trainee position provides an outstanding opportunity to familiarise yourself with all the different aspects of business law and at the same time to sharpen your organisational skills to the max. Plus the people I get to work with are really cool.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
A culture with a strong sense of sparring and encouraging a team of talented individuals. An open-minded firm ready to take on the toughest challenges with a straightforward approach and a true can-do attitude.

 

Axel Jönsson, Law Student Trainee, Finance, Stockholm

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When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
- I started working as a law student trainee on 1 February 2017.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
- I am still not entirely sure what a normal working day looks like! The working environment and the assignments are very dynamic, and they differ a from day to day. Generally speaking, one can say that I make myself useful wherever my services are needed. This could mean anything from assisting our associates with drafting different documents to  conducting investigations on certain areas of the law.

Can you describe your working group?
- My working group consists of two partners, two senior associates, four associates, three assistants, and myself. We all work together as a team, and since we are in an office landscape, you constantly feel like you are part of that team.

What do you like about your job?
- As I stated above, my job is really dynamic and no two days are the same, which makes working here a constant learning process. I leave the workplace every day feeling like I have learned a lot, and I am always eager to come back the next day to apply my newly acquired knowledge as well as to learn new things. All this is what makes it so exciting to be working here!

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
- Team-oriented, open-minded, and encouraging!

 

Julia Parikka, Thesis Trainee, Employment, Helsinki

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When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
- I joined Hannes Snellman as an associate trainee in the summer of 2016, and ever since then I have been working in our Employment practice group. This upcoming summer, I will be writing my master's thesis in the same practice group and, thus, I will be conducting a research in the field of Finnish labour law.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
- One thing that always stays the same for me is a good cup of coffee at our Café Courtyard in the mornings. I am rather convinced that the working days of our associate trainees vary a lot, but my daily tasks usually include a broad range of assignments that focus on challenges in relation to managing human resources across and within organisational and national boundaries. I conduct legal research, prepare client presentations, draft and review client documentation, such as employment agreements, as well as handle regulatory filings with the authorities. I  also work in the M&A group, so in addition to employment matters, I also assist in tasks relating to general corporate and M&A assignments.

As a thesis trainee, my daily work will consist of highly independent research and writing. As I will be writing my master’s thesis in the summer, I will most definitely enjoy my lunch breaks at our rooftop terrace with my colleagues. I see it as a great advantage to be able to discuss ideas regarding my research with Hannes Snellman’s top practitioners as well as other thesis trainees.

Can you describe your working group?
- My working group always focuses on getting the job done well, and our team spirit is great, so it has been very motivating to work with and learn from these talents. The people I get to work with are appreciative, smart, and collaborative.

What do you like about your job?
- The best part of my job is the people I get to work with. We have a cohesive team, and working with people who are more experienced than I am creates a great learning environment for a rookie like me. I find myself learning new things every day.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
- From my point of view, the Hannes Snellman culture supports a straightforward and solution-oriented approach as well as the continuous learning experience of its employees. This has been my impression since day one, and since then I have also learned that the working environment at the office is surprisingly casual and truly cooperative. Our team leaders are very encouraging and there is always someone to help you when you face a tricky question.

When we started as associate trainees, we were taken in with open arms, and I feel that the same warm spirit has continued throughout my traineeship. I enjoy our office’s social activities, which makes Hannes Snellman not only a great place to work, but also a community with a sense of belonging.