Meet our Trainees

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, Associate 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.

 

Valtteri Tulokas, Office Support Trainee, Helsinki

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When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
- I joined Hannes Snellman in August 2016.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
- As an office support trainee, it is nearly impossible to describe our “normal” working day since we really do not have such a thing. Our tasks vary a lot depending on the day, but they usually include, for example, delivering documents to authorities and clients. We also help with catering and the organisation of all sorts of events that are held at the office. Our everyday work also includes handling the mail and making sure that our cafeteria has everything that it needs to have. I feel that our main duty is to make everyone else’s day at the office a little bit more manageable and, thus, our tasks come in all shapes and sizes.

Can you describe your working group?
- We have an office support team that consists of seven people who are all at an early stage of their studies. Luckily we have a person in our team who has been at the firm for a long time and who guides us office support trainees. We also work closely with our catering team. Our team spirit is great, and I really enjoy working as part of this team.

What do you like about your job?
- I really like the variety of tasks that this job offers. At this point of my studies, it is exciting to get to see how a big law firm functions. It is also nice to get to know people who have a lot of experience from different branches of law.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
- Before joining Hannes Snellman, I had heard a lot of good things about the working atmosphere. I am happy to say that all the good things I had heard hold true. I feel that there is virtually no hierarchy at the office and people are very helpful towards each other. People work diligently and are efficient but still have fun at the office.
It is easy to see that people truly enjoy what they do, and that is very inspiring to me.