Anni Pöllänen

Legal Assistant, Real Estate, Helsinki

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I started working at Hannes Snellman as a legal assistant trainee in January 2016, and directly after graduating from Haaga-Helia, I continued working as a legal assistant in our Real Estate team.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
My working days vary quite a lot and include all kinds of support tasks. For example, some of my working days might comprise only of signing or closing preparations, and on other days, I might be working with various projects and assignments. Overall, I think that a legal assistant’s work consists of diverse tasks such as finding solutions, working precisely but quickly at the same time, organising meetings, proofreading, assisting in interesting projects, and working in close co-operation with lawyers and other assistants. Therefore, one could almost say that there is not a “normal” working day for a legal assistant. Every day is somewhat different.

Can you describe your working group?
I work in the Real Estate team which can be described as an energetic, positive, and dynamic working group. Our team consists of about 12 lawyers and two assistants. I also get to work in close co-operation with other teams and their assistants.

What do you like about your job and what do you wish could be improved?
I like the professional working atmosphere at Hannes Snellman, enjoy working in co-operation with colleagues, and find it rewarding when I can help others. In my opinion, probably the best part of a legal assistant’s work is that you cannot really know what kind of tasks your day will be comprised of, and for me that is exciting and challenging in a positive way.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
Hannes Snellman has a professional and friendly atmosphere. It is almost a little bit hard to describe the unique culture we have. Of course, it is the talented individuals who as a team build the professional, warm, and welcoming culture of Hannes Snellman. I think it is a privilege to be a part of this community.

Is there something else you would like to highlight or say about your current job?
As a legal assistant at Hannes Snellman, I get to work with great professionals and fascinating projects. Every working day is different, and something that I really enjoy is that you get to learn something new almost every day.

Hannah Judd

Legal Assistant, M&A, Helsinki

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I started working as a Legal Assistant Trainee at Hannes Snellman in January 2017.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
It’s difficult to describe a “normal” working day, since every day is so different. There are some tasks that are done on a daily basis, such as posting hours, but most job tasks vary daily. Mostly, I assist lawyers in their daily work, help with documentation management, filing, printing, and several other tasks. Depending on ongoing projects, days vary from quiet to more upbeat. The versatility of the job is one of the many things I’ve enjoyed during my time at Hannes Snellman.

What has been the best thing in your traineeship so far?
The atmosphere, colleagues, and the job itself. The welcoming was warm, colleagues are always ready to help, and the job tasks are really interesting. Learning a completely new field of work with all the tasks that go with it and getting to do it all with such dedicated people has also been a pleasure.

What has been the hardest/most challenging thing in your traineeship so far?
I think in the beginning learning so many new things and working in multiple groups simultaneously was a challenge, nevertheless extremely productive and educational. In my opinion, multitasking is also a key skill for an assistant, so this has definitely been the best practice for it.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
The work community is very active and collaborative. Everyone genuinely wants to help one another and is deeply passionate about what they do.

Liisa Veckman

Legal Assistant, Finance, Helsinki

Milloin urasi Hannes Snellmanilla alkoi?
Aloitin Hannes Snellmanilla tammikuussa 2002 eli reilu 16 vuotta sitten. Vuodet ovat menneet nopeasti!

Miten kuvailisit työpäivääsi?
Päivien sisältö vaihtelee hyvin paljon. Toistuvia töitä ovat laskutus, matka- ja kululaskut, kokous- ja ravintolavaraukset sekä ryhmään liittyvät hallinnolliset työt (tuntiraportointi, lomakirjanpito), koska olen ryhmänjohtajan assistentti. Työhön kuuluu kaikkea toimeksiannon elinkaaresta alusta loppuun, tarjousten laatimisessa auttamisesta closingia seuraaviin toimenpiteisiin. Lisäksi erilaisten kokousten ja tilaisuuksien järjestämistä sekä harjoittelijoiden ja uusien työntekijöiden opettamista. Assistentin työssä can do -asenne on tärkeää.

Miten kuvailisit tiimiäsi?
Työskentelen rahoitusryhmässä, ja tiimi on tärkein viihtyvyystekijä mielekkäiden töiden ohella. Tiimini on vaihtunut monilta osin työvuosieni aikana, mutta aina meillä on ollut mukavia ja fiksuja ihmisiä ja hyvä yhteishenki.

Mikä on mielestäsi parasta työssäsi ja missä voisi vielä parantaa?
Kaikessa lähtökohtana on asiakkaiden tyytyväisyys. Assistentin työssä tärkeintä on auttaa juristeja tekemään työnsä hyvin eli huolehtia, että pyydetyt asiat tehdään mahdollisimman hyvin ja aikataulussa. Tässä auttaa se, että tuntee prosessit ja työparinsa työskentelytavat. Kollegoilta voi aina pyytää apua kiiretilanteissa. Näidenkin vuosien jälkeen eteen tulee aina uusia asioita, sisäiset ja ulkoiset prosessit muuttuvat, tietotekniikka kehittyy ja uusia ohjelmia tulee koko ajan, mutta kehityshän on vain hyvä asia.

Miten kuvailisit Hannes Snellmanin kulttuuria?
Kauan talossa olleelle Hannes Snellman tuntuu kuin joukkueelta, jossa kaikki tukifunktioista partnereihin pelaavat samaa peliä ja tavoitteena on sama maali − asiakkaan tarpeiden täyttäminen parhaalla mahdollisella tavalla. Tähän liittyy suuresti myös kaikkien työntekijöiden arvostaminen. Jokainen tuo omalla sarallaan panoksensa siihen, että kaikki pyörii tehokkaasti ja laadukkaasti.

Hanna-Mari Mudi

Legal Assistant, M&A, Helsinki

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I joined Hannes Snellman in August 2016 after working at a smaller law firm for three years. I work in the M&A group, and I was on a four-month internal secondment at Hannes Snellman’s Stockholm office in spring 2018 and have now returned for another similar period from September until the end of the year.

What kinds of skills are required in an assistant’s work?
As a legal assistant, you need to be flexible, good at multi-tasking, organised and have great teamwork skills. Having an understanding of the legal industry and constantly developing your professional skills is also essential. Furthermore, you often end up advising your colleagues or solving problems relating to different software, so being a bit of an IT nerd is always a bonus!

How does internationality show in assistant’s work?
Having excellent English skills is naturally a must since most documents and client correspondence is in English. It is also good to have a basic knowledge of languages of the neighbouring countries, as you might find yourself searching for company documents in Danish or Estonian, for example. Furthermore, you need to remain conscious of people working in different time zones.

What have you enjoyed best about your secondment at the Stockholm office?
The welcoming atmosphere, lovely colleagues, and coffee the way I like it (strong and dark!). Stockholm is a lovely, beautiful city to live in, and I am truly looking forward to enjoying autumn and the Christmas season in Stockholm.

What has been challenging in working abroad?
Although my Swedish is quite good, it has taken some time to get used to discussing without thinking too much in social situations. In addition, while the Swedish culture is quite close to the Finnish, there are still differences between the two.

What are your TOP 3 tips for secondments?

  1. Actively take notes from both offices and share the best practices. Use the opportunity to increase knowledge and improve routines.
  2. You will not only be going abroad to work but also to learn about the social culture and working environment and to explore what the city has to offer. My colleagues have been happy to help me with things to do and new restaurants etc.
  3. When you have the chance, go for it! You will never regret the decision, as there is so much to learn and see.

Updated 19 October 2018