MEET OUR TRAINEES

Our Office Support Trainees  take care of practical matters involved with the daily “running” of the office, e.g. post-room, delivering mail and shipments, ordering office products, copying, filling stocks as well as catering. Read here how some of our Office Support Trainees have described their traineeships.

Knowledge Management Trainees

Our Knowledge Management Trainees assist lawyers in research and fact-finding. They also have a remarkable role supporting the Knowledge Management team in managing the library collections. Read here how some of our KM trainees describe the highlights and challenges of their traineeship.

“Learning what high quality of work means at Hannes Snellman and applying it into my everyday work has been challenging to master, but at the same time, it has been one of the most rewarding things my traineeship has offered me. I have learned how my work affects the way we serve our clients and how truly important quality, trust, and accuracy is in the field of law.”

“The best and most inspiring aspect of working at Hannes Snellman has been the trust and belief put into trainees to take part in challenging and interesting assignments. Through these intriguing challenges I’ve been able to develop both professionally and personally, and I’ve gotten experience that will surely be of value in the future, too.”

“The most challenging thing in my traineeship has been looking for answers to questions that have rarely been asked by anyone before. These tasks usually turn out to be the most interesting.”

“Learning new, succeeding in challenging tasks, and carrying out legal information searches in “burning” legal topics have been the best things my Knowledge Management traineeship has offered me. There are always challenges in complicated tasks but to me they are a positive thing and the best way to develop my personal problem solving skills.”

“The best thing in my traineeship so far has been the number of new things I learn every day. My traineeship has taught me not only valuable lessons about the current globalised legal environment we work with, but also what kind of a lawyer I want to become one day.”

Roope Sevón

KM Trainee, Helsinki

How did you end up as a KM Trainee at Hannes Snellman?

I knew Hannes Snellman beforehand as one of the top Nordic law firms, and my friends had praised the firm as a great place to work.  After my previous traineeships, I was looking for new challenges and ways to develop my skills. Hannes Snellman was looking for KM trainees for autumn 2019, and I instantly thought that I have to apply. It was clear to me that working as a KM trainee would be a great learning opportunity.

How would you describe your normal workday?

The morning normally starts with going through a report of the previous day and checking the tasks that need to be done. Then we divide the tasks and begin to tackle them one by one. The KM Team has various routine follow-ups, and new research assignments pop up in our email on a daily basis. Every day is different based on the urgency, quantity, and nature of the tasks on our table. One member of the team might work on a demanding research assignment the whole day, while another member carries out multiple routine follow-ups and smaller assignments.

What has been the best and what has been the most challenging part of working as a KM Trainee?

The best and most inspiring part of working as a KM trainee has been, without a doubt, the wide variety of tasks that I have gotten to be a part of. A KM trainee has no specific business area and will get acquainted with new subjects almost every week. The traineeship has been a great opportunity to learn about different business areas and fields of law. In my opinion, the most challenging part has been assimilating lots of new information and learning to use new systems. However, it is extremely rewarding when you begin to see the big picture.

How would you describe Hannes Snellman’s culture?

Hannes Snellman is a community of first-class professionals who are passionate about what they do. This being said, the culture and the atmosphere at the office is still relaxed and friendly. Ever since I joined Hannes Snellman, people have been welcoming, friendly, and helpful. Asking for help is encouraged and people are always ready to lend a helping hand. People lift each other up and the team spirit is strong.

What kinds of tips would you give to our future KM Trainees?

A KM trainee often has to be innovative and creative. Finding answers or material for a research assignment can sometimes be demanding, and we often have to do some digging to find what we are looking for. It is important to know the sources you could possibly use and to be able to think outside the box every now and then to find new ones. Learning to find the needed information efficiently is a key ability for a KM trainee. This is why it is important to study the instructions and the systems well and to memorise the important sources of information. Be active, eager to learn, do not give up too easily, and ask for help if you need it. That will take you far.

 

Associate Trainees’ tasks include carrying out research, gathering information and preparing draft documentation. All of our Associate Trainees work in one of our practice groups (M&AFinanceReal EstateTaxDispute ResolutionIP & Technology, Competition & Procurement or Employment). Read here how some of our Associate Trainees describe the highlights and challenges of their traineeship.

“The best part of my traineeship has been the wide variety of tasks that have landed on my desk – I never expected I would learn so much in such a short time. My team members have embraced me extremely well.”

“The welcoming atmosphere at Hannes Snellman is impressive – everyone was eager to make us new trainees feel at home and seemed genuinely happy to have us. I have also been positively surprised by the pedagogical approach here: it seems to be important to the lawyers that I know the backgrounds of my tasks and that I learn and get as much out of my traineeship as possible. I am only at the beginning of my four-month period at Hannes Snellman, but it just keeps getting more interesting and challenging by the day!”

“The best thing about being an Associate Trainee at Hannes Snellman is learning something new almost every day. It has been inspiring to have met so many talented and ambitious people who have achieved so much in life despite their young age.”

“I have been given tasks that have truly given me the chance to take responsibility and to show what I’ve learned during my studies and previous work experience.”

“Without a doubt, the best thing about my traineeship so far has been the people. Even though I love what I do and the challenges I get to face on a day-to-day basis, almost half of the fun comes out of working with a bunch of great and passionate people. It feels outstanding waking up every morning and not being able to wait to get to work!”

“I’ve really enjoyed working at Hannes Snellman. People here are ambitious and motivated but also very friendly and welcoming. Working here has given me valuable insight into how law is applied in practice.”

“The traineeship has provided me an opportunity to deepen my understanding of both legal and business aspects of complex transactions. The traineeship has been an interesting and challenging learning experience made possible by working with experts in the field.”

“Definitely the inspiring fellow workers and easy-going work atmosphere. I’ve been given a lot of responsibilities and I feel like I’m part of the team.”

From time to time, working in a Nordic law firm can also be demanding and challenging. According to our associate trainees, the challenges faced by trainees relate to complex cases, surfing between projects and schedules as well as first-time-ever experiences:

The traineeship puts your organisational skills to work as the work day may suddenly change course. However, busy and varying days keep work interesting and challenging.”

“I have a strong feeling that associate trainees are truly trusted at Hannes Snellman, since some of my tasks have been very challenging. However, I’m happy to take the challenges, since I learn the most from those really challenging cases.”

“As this is my first internship in a law firm, each day has been filled with “first time ever” experiences. This has definitely been the most challenging, and yet, absolutely the best aspect of this job so far.”

“To truly grasp all the different aspects of a complex transaction not only from a legal perspective but also from a business point of view.”

“I found it interesting but quite challenging to quickly jump into and understand a project that has been going on for a while already.”

“Sometimes it’s difficult to predict how your day is going to turn out as schedules can change fast. At the same time, this keeps the work interesting.”

Our legal assistant trainees support lawyers by engaging in similar work as our legal assistants. They help our lawyers manage, draft, edit, proofread, and archive documents. Furthermore, our legal assistant trainees draft and edit presentations, manage calendars and e-mail as well as assist in our internal and client events. Read here how some of our legal assistant trainees describe the highlights and challenges of their traineeship.

“It has been great working here from day one, as I feel very included in the team. I have already learned a great deal about the work of a legal assistant. I have been able to develop myself in various ways and really enjoyed getting to know the daily routines at a law firm.”

“My traineeship has been a completely new learning experience, and I feel that I will be well prepared and ready for working life after this experience.”

“I have been trusted with genuine assistant tasks from the start instead of only getting to do smaller, not-so-significant things.”

“It has been challenging to learn all the new programmes and to comprehend some of the work processes. However, nothing has been too difficult or too hard to learn. It has rather been a great way to develop as an employee.”

”The best thing about working as a legal assistant trainee has been the versatile tasks, which have given me a more clear idea of what is included in the work of a legal assistant.”

“Working at Hannes Snellman has definitely been the best working experience I have had so far. I find the work here interesting and important and I can put into practice what I have learned in school. In addition to this, I have the best colleagues.”

“The best thing is to notice that you have learned something new and then to get to utilise the new skill in the next task.”

 

Evita Niskanen

Legal Assistant Trainee, Helsinki

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?

I started working at Hannes Snellman in August 2019, and I work as an assistant trainee. I study in the multilingual management assistants programme at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences for the third year now, and I will graduate as a Bachelor of Business in December 2020. At Hannes Snellman, I work in two teams: M&A and IP&Technology.

How would you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?

From the very first day, everyone was very welcoming and made me feel comfortable. The culture at the office is relaxed, but everyone still takes their job seriously, and office hours are spent working and focusing on the tasks at hand. Asking help is encouraged and everyone will help you no matter their job description. Employees are well taken care of and looked after, which creates a culture of motivation.

What would you say are the best and the most challenging things in a legal assistant trainee’s job?

The best things in a legal assistant trainee’s job is the feeling of accomplishment after you finish a big project or assignment and can very literally see the outcome of your work. The most challenging thing is handling your schedule and deciding which tasks are more urgent than others – sometimes two (or more) different things need to be done at the same time, so multitasking is a skill that will develop while working as a legal assistant trainee.

What advice would you give to those considering applying for our legal assistant trainee programme?

If you are up for challenges and want to learn a lot in a short period of time, Hannes Snellman may just be the perfect place for you. It is important to consider what it is you wish to learn during your work placement.

If you choose to apply, think why you would be the best candidate for the job and what you would offer to the company. I also advice making sure you know where you are applying to, so visiting the website and doing a little bit of research never hurts.

 

Veera Aro

Legal Assistant Trainee, Helsinki

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?

I started working at Hannes Snellman as a legal assistant trainee in August 2019 in the M&A6, Employment, Finance, and Tax groups. I am a third-year student at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, where I study business and modern languages for management assistants.

How would you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?

Hannes Snellman has an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome and encourages one another. There are no silly questions.

What would you say are the best and the most challenging things in a legal assistant trainee’s job?

The best and also the most challenging part of the job is that you never know what the day brings. I really enjoy it because it allows professional development and learning something new every day. I enjoy helping others, and it is nice to see that my help lightens someone else’s workload.

What advice would you give to those considering applying to the legal assistant trainee programme?

I highly recommend applying. At Hannes Snellman, you get to put things you have learned into practice and get valuable working experience.