Get to Know Us | Saija Lukkari, Legal Assistant, Competition & Procurement, Dispute Resolution, Helsinki
1 September 2019
When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
My career at Hannes Snellman started in August 2018, when I started working as a legal assistant trainee in the IP and Technology team. After that, I continued working as a trainee in the Finance team before finally starting as a legal assistant in the Competition and Procurement and Dispute Resolution teams in September 2019.
How is it to work as a legal assistant in the Competition and Procurement and Dispute Resolution teams?
Working as a legal assistant in the Competition and Procurement and Dispute Resolution teams is interesting, challenging, and inspiring. Working in two different teams brings variety and contrast to my workdays.
How is working as a legal assistant different from working as a legal assistant trainee?
As a legal assistant, I have my own work pairs and I feel like I can schedule my days better compared to when I was a trainee. I also now have a bigger picture of different work phases and it helps me to prepare and anticipate my work better. However, working as a legal assistant trainee gave me excellent professional skills that I can utilise in my career as a legal assistant.
How would you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
The culture at Hannes Snellman is supportive and professional. I find the amount of expertise my colleagues have very inspiring.
What kind of goals you have for you career as a legal assistant?
Since I have just started my career as a legal assistant, my goal is to discover the best and most effective working methods for me and my work pairs. I would also like to learn more about billing and continue to build my professional identity.
What key tips would you give to your assistant colleagues taking the early steps in their career paths?
My key tips for new assistants are to have a positive mind-set and a can-do attitude and to be open to learning new things and to self-development.
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