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The ‘excellent’ all-service practice at Castrén & Snellman is ‘easy to reach and quick to deliver’. The employment team provides ongoing advice to Silta as well as Silta’s payroll clients. Newly elected partner and ‘future star’Tomi Kemppainen is co-head of the practice alongside the ‘productive and business-minded’ Outi Tähtinen, who returned from DLA Piper.

Dittmar & Indrenius’ team is ‘excellent, responsive, commercial and pragmatic’. Currently advising Finnair and Finnish State Railways, the firm’s ‘good mix of very experienced professionals and younger talented individuals’ provide ‘high value for money’. The ‘exceptionalSeppo Havia heads the team alongside ‘superstarSuvi Knaapila. The highly regarded Petteri Uoti and senior attorney Samuel Kääriäinen are key contacts.

The international reach of Bird & Bird’s employment department makes it ‘easy to get advice all over the world’. It is experienced in both transactional employment advice and in disputes. Head of the Nordic group Maisa Nikkola leads the team which includes counsel Nora Jaari-Hakola, who joined from Dittmar & Indrenius.

With ‘detailed, thorough and always prompt responsesBorenius’ employment practice is ‘good value for money’. It represented Realia Group in compensation claims resulting from an established practice of shorter working days prior to public holidays. Practice head Jani Syrjänen and ‘outstanding’ senior associate Emma Halminen were instructed by Suomenlinnan Liikenne on negotiations for collective bargaining agreements.

Krogerus’ employment team represents Hartwall in alleged wrongful termination of employment claims with an aggregate value of €2.1m. Carola Möller advised Attendo on employment matters relating to its €150m acquisition of Mikeva. ‘With an extensive understanding of the playing field’, JP Alho is ‘the man to go to in contentious employment issues’.

The ‘absolutely superb’ employment team at Merilampi Attorneys Ltd advised Microsoft on the re-organisation of company operations and related employment issues. It also has experience in employment disputes. The ‘fantasticHeidi Hiltunen heads the team, which also includes Jussi Ikonen. As of January 2018, the firm’s Tampere office now operates independently under the name Merkurius Attorneys Ltd.

Roschier’s team provides ‘true added value’ to clients and advised YIT Corporation on the proposed combination with Lemminkäinen. Practice head Anu Waaralinna, who joined from Castrén & Snellman alongside counsel Jukka Paloheima, is, according to one client, ‘in her own league’. Senior associates Janne Nurminen and Leenamaija Heinonen are also recommended.

DLA Piper’s employment team’s advice is ‘worth every euro’. It is assisting Uber on employment matters including an assessment of the contractual status of its drivers.

At Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland), the employment department has a focus on contentious matters and represented Inwido Finland in a dispute pertaining to the termination of employment of one of its managers. Timo Jarmas heads the practice alongside new arrival Heikki Tuomela.

The ‘skilful and prompt team’ at HPP Attorneys is ‘a tremendous help and support for complicated work’. It represented fintech company Banqsoft in a termination of employment dispute. The practice also advises Polar Aviation, Terrafame Group and North-Western Shipping Company.

The ‘excellent’ service from Hannes Snellman’s employment team includes ‘quality advice and rapid response times’. The well-regarded practice head Johanna Haltia-Tapio led employment advice to Lemminkäinen Corporation on its statutory merger with YIT Corporation. Microsoft and Cisco Systems are other clients.

Magnusson advised Nordic Telecom on an alleged breach of a non-competition agreement with a former sales manager. Jukka Blomberg is head of the employment team, which also advises Adecco Finland, Suomen 16100 and Vistan Pesula.

The employment group at Mäkitalo Rantanen & Co Ltd offers ‘flexible and cost-effective ways of working’. It is engaged by Danone to provide employment advice both on day-to-day matters and on the company’s corporate restructuring. Practice head Annika Kiviharju has ‘broad experience’ and provides ‘proactive, rapid, fact-based advice’.

Providing ‘exceptional’ value for money, Waselius & Wist’s employment practice advised Hansen Holding on a €73m acquisition from Valio, which included the transfer of employees. It also has experience in advising on reorganisations, terminations and employment disputes.

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