MEET OUR SUPPORT STAFF

Annie Tillmo

HR Coordinator, Stockholm

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I joined Hannes Snellman in November 2017. Prior to that, I got my B.Sc. In Human Resources Management from University of Gothenburg and worked at an automotive company.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
Since I work within many fields of HR, my days consist of everything from recruitment and employer branding to HR administration. I also work a lot with our internal education programme Hannes Academy, that provides learning opportunities such as internal lectures and introductions of our new colleagues.

Can you describe your working group?
We are three persons in the Swedish HR team and we also have several HR colleagues in Helsinki who we work closely with. For example, we host our event Summer School together.

What do you like about your job?
I like that I get to meet a lot of people; both internally from different support functions and business areas, and also students and lawyers at interviews and events.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
I would describe it as modern, professional and open-minded. Everyone is very competent with high ambitions, but we are also great at laughing, having fun and spending time together.

Hanna-Mari Mudi

Legal Assistant, M&A, Helsinki & Stockholm

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 am currently on a four-month internal secondment at Hannes Snellman’s Stockholm office.

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 the spring/summer season allows you to enjoy the best of it.

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.

Outi Talola

Lawyer-Linguist, Helsinki

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I started working for Hannes Snellman in 2007. Before that, I had earned a bachelor’s degree in laws from the University of Westminster, London, and master’s degrees in both laws and arts from the University of Helsinki, and I had also worked for another international law firm in Finland. During my time at Hannes Snellman, I have added to my education by also completing a degree in authorised translation (from Finnish to English).

What is included in a “normal” working day?
A typical working day of a lawyer-linguist includes translating, proofreading, answering to different kinds of inquiries usually relating to the English language, acting as a “walking-talking dictionary”, solving terminological problems of different kinds, keeping contact with translation agencies, supervising team members, working in co-operation with our CR and HR departments as well as other personnel, and taking care of various administrative tasks, i.e. making sure that things run smoothly and that everybody is happy.

Can you describe your working group?
The Language and Translation Services has two full-time employees, one lawyer-linguist (me) and one legal translator (Irene Hytönen), and it belongs, administratively speaking, to the KM group. Our main working languages are Finnish and English: I am an authorised translator from Finnish to English, while Irene is an authorised translator from English to Finnish. However, we occasionally also get to work, to a lesser extent, with other languages, such as Swedish and French.

What do you like about your job and what do you wish could be improved?
I like the versatility of our duties. We serve all our business area groups, wherefore we get to do various different kinds of translations. We basically translate anything from informal e-mails to court judgments. I am happy that I am able to make use of both my areas of expertise: linguistics and laws. I also enjoy the hectic nature of the work and the fact that you never have a dull moment. There is nothing better than the buzz of having many projects going on at the same time and still managing to get them all done on time.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
I would describe the Hannes Snellman culture as being based on the following values: professionalism, excellence, individuality, collegiality, and taking pride in your work.

Henriikka Tihinen

HR Specialist, Stockholm

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I started working at Hannes Snellman in 2009, directly after my university studies in Uppsala. I started as HR/Administrative Assistant and worked pretty much with everything that needed to be done or organised as the Stockholm office was still quite new.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
I work within all areas of Human Resources (HR), such as employer branding, recruiting, talent management, and organisational questions, to name a few. This means that my normal working day is filled with interviews, internal meetings with my closest colleagues and our Managing Partner, sending and answering emails, and working on different kinds of projects and processes regarding HR. Every now and then I even take part at student events, which I used to do a lot before, and nowadays I miss it very much!

Can you describe your working group?
I have one colleague that I work with on different HR issues in the Stockholm office, but I also work closely with our HR colleagues in the Helsinki office. It is important that HR is involved in most of the matters in our organisation and, therefore, I also work with colleagues from several different support groups and business areas every day. I also have a lot of contact with our Managing Partner, who is responsible for the operational questions in the Stockholm office.

What do you like about your job and what do you wish could be improved?
I love the fact that my job is very social. I get to meet a lot of different people and work together with colleagues from various groups and business areas. I also like having responsibilities and challenges, and I think that HR work really offers me that. All of my colleagues are also very, very good at what they do, and it is inspiring to work with some of the best professionals in the field. I really cannot come up with anything that could be improved…Well, in Stockholm, we sit and work in an open space and I used to sit closer to lawyers. I think I miss having that closer contact, and I would like to sit somewhere else in the office for a while (not that I do not like sitting close to the colleagues I sit close to at the moment).

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
In my opinion, we have a very demanding, but a rewarding working atmosphere. We want to develop as individuals, but also as a firm, and we are supportive towards each other. Even though we expect a lot from ourselves, we have a lot of fun together and the atmosphere is very “down-to-earth” and helpful.

Emilia Lanu

Client Relations Assistant, Helsinki

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman?
I joined Hannes Snellman in January 2014 as a legal assistant trainee. Currently, I work as an assistant in our Client Relations team.

What is included in a “normal” working day?
I am involved in planning and organising events and seminars in cooperation with our lawyers, assistants and other support teams.  Usually my working day consists of all sorts of preparations for our events, from making and sending invitations to hosting and assisting in the actual events. I also draft and send electronic newsletters to our clients, and add new content to and update texts, e.g. CVs and news, on the Hannes Snellman website. However, the work varies a lot and no day is like the other, which in fact is one of the things that make the job so fascinating.

Can you describe your working group?
I have three colleagues in the CR team in Helsinki, but I also work closely with our team colleagues in Sweden and Russia. I work daily with other support groups and business areas as well, since CR work involves so many people in the firm.

What do you like about your job and what do you wish could be improved?
I can honestly say that I love my job! The work is so versatile and interesting that I couldn’t get bored. Some tasks can be challenging, but it only motivates me to work harder and I feel like I learn something new every day.

Can you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?
The atmosphere at Hannes Snellman is encouraging and positive. I think it really shows that everyone is motivated and keen on their work. It’s a privilege to work with such talented colleagues.