Employment in Finland

Castrén & Snellman

The versatile employment practice at Castrén & Snellman is recommended for complex restructurings and outsourcings, TUPE mandates, and mass redundancies. The team is also highly accomplished in specific niche fields of employment law including discrimination allegations, public sector employment matters and public servant law, and has extensive expertise in occupational health and safety issues. The team acts for clients in a range of sectors including the aviation, banking, finance and engineering industries. Tomi Kemppainen has notable expertise in handling cross-border outsourcings and reorganisations, areas in which counsel Sanna Alku is also noted. Kemppainen jointly heads up the practice with experienced litigator Outi Tähtinen.

Practice head(s):

Tomi Kemppainen; Outi Tähtinen

Other key lawyers:

Sanna Alku

Testimonials

‘C&S have one of the biggest and most renowned practices in Finland when it comes to employment law. The team is experienced, service-minded and always available. The advice is always to the point and easy to understand and the quality of the documentation is impeccable.’

‘Sanna Alku is our go-to person. She is especially talented in demanding co-operation negotiations but we use Sanna for all other employment related matters as well. Regardless of the matter at hand and the time of the day, you always get the feeling from working with Sanna that everything is in control and taken care of. What really underlines Sanna’s expertise in this field is her ability to answer the questions the client didn’t even know to ask.’

‘This firm has been very supportive on all cases we engage them in. They are very knowledgeable and always provide detailed explanation on topics. Their response time is great and I consider them very reliable.’

‘The team is practical, commercial and gives excellent timely advice. They have a real depth of talent too.’

‘Outi Tähtinen has the ability to clarify difficult issues in a way that makes sense also to ‘non-lawyers’. Excellent training skills.’

Tomi Kemmpainen is very skilled in his field and gives always professional advice on complex labour law matters.’

‘Outi Tähtinen is, in my opinion, the best attorney in Finland in the field of Labour & Employment Law with utmost professionalism together with an easy-going and approachable way of working. No hassle – she gets things done with ease and expertise.’

‘This firm has been very supportive on all cases we engage them in. They are very knowledgeable and always provide detailed explanation on topics. Their response time is great and I consider them very reliable.’

Key clients

Finnair Plc

Mehiläinen Ltd

HKScan Plc

DS Smith Packaging Finland Ltd

AFRY Finland Ltd

Delta Motor Group Ltd

Rovio Entertainment Corporation

Fortum Plc

Silta Ltd

Gasum Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Finnair on various employment law matters in Finland and assisted with cross-border matters, including outsourcing arrangements.
  • Advised Fortum on all legal aspects, including all employment matters, of the divestment of its district heating business in Joensuu, including the related demerger and legal separation project.
  • Advised Gasum on various employment law matters.

Dittmar & Indrenius

Dittmar & Indrenius' full-service employment practice handles matters ranging from company reorganisations to employment disputes, transactions to compensation schemes, and collective employment issues and outsourcing work to pensions and discrimination issues, including the related criminal proceedings. Litigator Seppo Havia, who has extensive experience in collective bargaining agreements, jointly leads the team with Suvi Knaapila, whose practice focuses on complex reorganisations and international employment law. Petteri Uoti is noted for his expertise in restructurings and dispute resolution. The group cooperates closely with the firm's tax, data protection and M&A experts for a fully joined-up service.

Practice head(s):

Seppo Havia; Suvi Knaapila

Other key lawyers:

Petteri Uoti; Mika Kärkkäinen

Testimonials

‘Suvi Knaapila is by far the best HR legal advisor I’ve worked with in 15 years. She always makes time for us, covers different scenarios and approaches, and has taken extra time to understand our working culture and how her HR input and counsel aligns with that. She helped with everything from contracts, to layoffs, furloughs, negotiations, and other HR scenarios. We’ve also talked about different growth scenarios and how decisions I make now may impact us in the future. I really feel we’d be lost with Suvi’s excellent direction.’

‘Top team when facing complicated cases which need out-of-the-box thinking.’

‘Best overall knowledge of employment legislation among Finnish firms. Wide network of contacts.’

‘I truly enjoy working with Dittmar & Indrenius. I’ve worked with them on contracts and HR- their responses are always swift, and even though we are perhaps on the smaller side in terms of workload- I am always made to feel like a priority. Their attention to detail, and their forward thinking is highly valued. They look to prevent and solve future problems as well, not just whatever I’ve called them for.’

‘Petteri Uoti is by far a leading star in Employment issues in Finland. He has outstanding knowledge of Employment legislation and problem solving. He is also very good at presenting his views. Seppo Havia also has top notch capabilities. Mika Kärkkäinen is a rising star with extremely good knowledge of Employment issues.’

‘I think that Suvi Knaappila is just superb in building a trusting relationship. Supporting me through a though process in a very professional and friendly way. She is always available with very short notice.’

‘True professional team that knows how to speak to us in an understandable language. Not using too many difficult terms and expression. Very friendly and understanding. Supporting in a professional way.’

‘Petteri Uoti – strong knowledge base and talent to open the issues at hand. Seppo Havia – marvellous litigator keen on finding new approaches. Suvi Knaapila –  hard working solid, convincing top performer.’

Key clients

Aller Media Group

Alma Media Group

Amcham Finland

Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities

Azolver Group

Crisis Management Initiative ry (CMI)

Etteplan Embedded Finland Ltd

Finnair Plc / Finnair Group

Ikea Ltd

Jet Time Ltd

Neste Corporation

Orthodox Parish of Helsinki

Stockmann Plc

Veho Group

Work highlights

  • Representing the Finnish Forest Industries Federation and some of its largest member companies in an ongoing criminal investigation regarding industrial actions organised by one of the biggest trade unions in Finland.
  • Represented Alma Media Plc, the group CEO and the group HR director in a high-profile criminal discrimination case regarding the recruitment of a director.
  • Represented Etteplan Embedded in a case where certain labour unions contested the validity of a national level collective labour agreement arrangement extending the employees’ annual working hours in Finland.

Roschier

Roschier's employment group is particularly well known for its advisory team, which handles high-end day-to-day advice, contentious matters and transactional issues. Other key areas of work include restructurings and negotiation procedures, workplace harassment investigations and occupational health and safety matters including sensitive internal investigations. Practice head Anu Waaralinna provides advice on boardroom matters, company restructurings and cooperation procedures, and service and executive employment contract issues, and also handles employment disputes. Senior associate Mari Mohsen is noted for her expertise in collective bargaining work and employment-related criminal cases, while Leenamaija Heinonen has experience in cross-border mergers.

Practice head(s):

Anu Waaralinna

Other key lawyers:

Mari Mohsen; Leenamaija Heinonen

Testimonials

‘We appreciated the cooperative spirit and the attention to detail that enabled us to have a victory in our case.’

‘Our case was managed by Leenamaija Heinonen who did an extraordinary job. She provided proper and honest guidance through the case, helping out wherever and whenever needed.’

‘Excellent employment law knowledge and capability to advise the customer in a practical way.’

‘Mari Mohsen is excellent for employment law matters for any general counsel. Exceptional in cooperation negotiations, gives good and practical advice. Solution-oriented.’

‘Proactive and professional.’

‘True professionals! Easy to work with.’

‘Clear opinion and clear instructions. ’

‘Leenamaija Heinonen is on her way to being one of the leading employment law experts in Finland.’

Key clients

Keskinäinen työeläkevakuutusyhtiö Varma (Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company)

TietoEVRY Oyj

Fortum Oyj

Work highlights

  • Advised TietoEVRY Oyj on the employment law aspects of its merger with Norwegian company EVRY ASA.
  • Assisted Keskinäinen työeläkevakuutusyhtiö Varma, a mutual insurance company, with various employment law matters.
  • Advised Fortum on the employment law aspects of the sale of its district heating business in the Järvenpää-Tuusula area in Finland to a consortium consisting of Vantaa Energy Ltd, Infranode and Keva.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's employment practice handles a wide variety of matters including business immigration, employee incentive and benefits work. The team also provides advice on collective negotiations, covenants and confidentiality issues, discrimination mandates and executive terminations, as well as providing support on M&A transactions, restructurings and outsourcings. Maisa Nikkola, who has extensive experience in outsourcings, trade secret issues, privacy and data protection matters and litigation, jointly heads up the team with Teea Kemppinen.

Practice head(s):

Maisa Nikkola; Teea Kemppinen

Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird provides truly international legal services with a single contact point. Our legal issues are not centred on any one country and often we are in a hurry to find a solution to the same problem in multiple countries. Bird & Bird answers this need with quick, usually reliable and cost-effective services.’

‘Teea Kemppinen provides quick and relevant advice in employment matters. Teea puts in the effort to genuinely understand what is important to the matter, which makes her able to deliver legal advice in a prompt manner so that it is of most use to the business.’

Key clients

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Fortum Oyj

Mitsui & Co., Ltd

Movial Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Mitsubishi Electric on the employment law aspects of its investment into EKE-Electronics.
  • Advised Fortum on the employment law aspects of its sale to Infracapital of a majority shareholding in Fortum Recharge A.
  • Advised Mitsui & Co on the employment law aspects of its investment in Finnish healthcare technology company Nightingale Health Oy.

Borenius

Jani Syrjänen leads the practice at Borenius, which is particularly recommended for its record in handling complicated mass redundancies, and contains a whistleblowing and investigations team, which is highly active in management liability cases. The group provides the full range of employment law advice including outsourcing issues and other transactional support, collective bargaining work, disputes, corporate policy drafting, incentive schemes and top executive agreements, data protection and privacy mandates, business discrimination work and day-to-day advice. The practice acts for clients across numerous sectors, with strengths in the aviation, mining, energy, construction, healthcare and finance industries.

Practice head(s):

Jani Syrjänen

Testimonials

‘Strong expertise in labour relations and clear communication both in Finnish and English. Ability to clarify the Finnish law to corporate’s North-American counterparts.’

‘Excellent expertise in labour law, capability to analyse situation and give good practical advice with various alternatives; clear communication even to people with no legal background.’

‘Jani Syrjänen, partner, communicated with us clearly through out the process we were not familiar with. Extra thanks for the dialogical way he prepared us and the key persons for the trial.’

‘The team is highly professional with high-quality standards, extremely good customer service and willingness to provide help and answers with quick response times. Customer doesn’t have to navigate to find the most suitable lawyer, but the team is looking for the best professional to help you. Team is highly professional, works well together and gives you added value every time when contacting anyone in the team.’

‘Whenever there is a need for legal consultation, I know I will receive a complete, thorough and well analysed answer from Borenius with which I am confident to move forward in my own business. The consultation that I receive from Borenius has always answered all my questions and does not leave any gaps or hesitation.’

Key clients

Agnico Eagle Mining

Adidas

CBRE

Honeywell

Lidl

Ratiopharm

Salcomp

Pilkington

Componenta

Matkahuolto

Vesivek

Owens Corning

Acer

Bombardier Recreational Products

Work highlights

  • Advised Pilkington on Covid-19 related redundancies.
  • Advised Salcomp on its global restructuring and redundancies.
  • Represented Agnico Eagle in litigation regarding a fatal industrial accident.

Krogerus

Krogerus' full-service employment practice assists with employment and director agreements, dismissals and redundancies, employment-related disputes and due diligence associated with major transactions. In addition to its standalone work, the team collaborates closely with the firm's M&A and insolvency groups, and is also recommended for privacy and data protection advice. The practice has a strong track record in high-profile disputes and arbitration proceedings. Team lead Carola Möller focuses on providing strategic advice to international clients, and has extensive experience in employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Carola Möller

Testimonials

‘Krogerus was very prompt in their response, and their advice was very precise and practical.’

‘We have worked with Krogerus for many years and they know our business and cases very well. We’ve had the same contact person/partner over the years which makes co-operation valuable and effective.’

‘I had an opportunity to work with Carola Möller of Krogerus, Finland. She was very patient and analytical. She was very honest on our chances of success, and helped us in getting the matter resolved.’

‘The team’s strengths from my point of view is accessibility, clarity and knowledge. The team is almost always available, if not, they always let me know when they will be getting back to me.’

Key clients

HKScan

Peab

Transval

Santander Consumer Finance

Mapvision

Cramo

Cloetta

Iduna Group

Leijona Catering

SE Mäkinen Logistics

Rabbit Films

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander in connection with a business transfer and reorganisation of its Nordic operations and related matters.
  • Advised a staffing company on large-scale temporary layoffs (furloughs) of more than 300 employees.
  • Advised HKScan on various employment law matters including the coordination of advice from other jurisdictions.

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd

Merilampi Attorneys Ltd successfully represented Posti in the Supreme Administrative Court in a dispute regarding occupational health and safety issues, and also counts high-profile clients including Microsoft on its client roster. The team has experience in consultation processes, reorganisations, transfers of business, drafting and negotiating high-level CEO contracts and cases involving claims of harassment and unequal treatment. Practice head Heidi Hiltunen is 'business-minded, innovative and solution seeking' and works with both domestic and multinational corporations.

Practice head(s):

Heidi Hiltunen

Testimonials

‘Deep understanding of client’s needs as an employer.’

‘Heidi Hiltunen is a long-term trustee who I can always contact when in need of legal advice. With her lead, we have managed many cases successfully that otherwise could have ended up costing us dearly. Even in the most complicated cases, it’s a pleasure to work with her.’

‘Incredible, reliable service which we can trust 100%. Very approachable and flexible with the ever changing environment. Very business-minded approach.’

‘Heidi Hiltunen has excellent legal knowledge and she’s also very business-minded and can help in any kind of situation when there are employment and labour law related challenges. She and her team are very customer-oriented. They also give you spot on legal advice so one can move fast when needed.’

‘Heidi Hiltunen is an outstanding professional who has been mainly supporting us. Incredible, always available, reliable service which we can trust 100%. Very approachable and flexible with the ever changing environment. Very business-minded, innovative and solution seeking approach.’

Key clients

Microsoft, including Microsoft Mobile Oy and Microsoft Oy

Canon Oy

University of Helsinki

Fondia Oy

Posti

Sweco

Work highlights

  • Assisting Microsoft on a regular basis with local and global HR issues.
  • Represented the University of Helsinki in disputes concerning terminations due to cutbacks to the University’s funding.
  • Assisted Sweco with employment matters related to its acquisition of NRC Group’s rail infrastructure engineering and consulting services business.

Dottir Attorneys Ltd.

Dottir Attorneys Ltd. has a notably strong offering for growing start-ups and venture capital companies, and regularly deals with issues relating to self-employment and highly independent employee work. Group lead Samuel Kääriäinen specialises in employment litigation and advises on matters including recruitment issues and data privacy mandates. Counsel Antti Rajamäki is recommended for employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Samuel Kääriäinen

Other key lawyers:

Antti Rajamäki

Testimonials

‘Flexibility and transparency.’

‘The firm is very actively helping us make even our internal investigations of the case as easy as possible. They provide us with exactly what I want: they take care of the worrying and we get exact information on what we need to do next.’

‘Samuel Kääriäinen is an up and coming employment lawyer to keep an eye on. He has good cooperation and negotiation skills and is always nice to work with.’

‘They are still young players but they have gained talent in a fairly short period. They are already bigger players than others in the field. They are young, talented and bold. And agile.’

‘It has been a true pleasure working with Samuel Kääriäinen. His expertise is exceptional, I always receive very thorough answers from him. He is really someone I find easy to work with, because his advice is very concrete and not too academic.’

Key clients

Freska Finland Oy

Wolt Enterprises Oy

Eltel Networks Oy

Aller Media Oy

Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj

Bolt.Works Oy

Kemijoki Oy

Endemol Shine Finland Oy

Work highlights

  • Advised Wolt on employment law-related matters.
  • Advised Endemol Shine Finland Oy on employment law-related matters.
  • Advised Eltel Networks on employment law-related matters.

Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) is particularly recognised for its expertise in health and safety issues and working condition disputes, with other key areas of strength including handling reorganisations, equality and non-discrimination matters, agreement drafts and employment disputes. The team also advises on employment issues arising from corporate restructurings, M&A transactions and bankruptcy and insolvency issues. Department head Timo Jarmas is an expert in labour law and criminal cases involving health and safety violations.

Practice head(s):

Timo Jarmas

Key clients

Suomen Terveystalo Oyj

PlusTerveys Group

YIT Construction Ltd

Amcor Flexibles Finland Oy

Ilkka-Yhtymä Oyj

StaffPoint Oy

Pihla Group Oy

Pirkanmaa Hospital District

City of Vanta

City of Akaa

Pirkanmaan Voimia Oy

Vantaan Tilapalvelut Vantti Oy

Flowplus Oy

Tapola Oy Lihanjalostustehdas

Oy Aku’s Factory Ltd

9Lives Group

Pukkila Oy Ab

Work highlights

  • Advised Amcor Flexibles on co-operation negotiations regarding shutting down operations in Finland.
  • Assisted PlusTerveys with collective agreement negotiations.
  • Acted for 9Lives Pirkanmaa Oy in a criminal matter concerning a breach of co-operation obligations.

Hannes Snellman

Hannes Snellman's group works closely with the firm's Swedish employment practice to cover cross-border matters for clients with operations in both Nordic countries. The team is headed up by the 'pragmatic' and 'responsive' Johanna Haltia-Tapio, who specialises in executive contracts and terminations, and Anders Bygglin, who has 'very in-depth knowledge' of employment litigation. Work undertaken by the practice includes manager agreements, terminations of employment, occupational health and safety issues, corporate governance work and large restructuring and insolvency processes. The group also acts in disputes and handles M&A and outsourcing work.

Practice head(s):

Johanna Haltia-Tapio; Anders Bygglin

Testimonials

‘Johanna Haltia-Tapio is very pragmatic, responsive and provides business-minded advice.’

‘Johanna Haltia-Tapio is our go-to partner in any HR / employment law related questions. She is fast, has vast knowledge and is able to balance both the legal aspects of any case and the human aspect.’

‘The team is responsive, experienced and creative in the solution considerations.’

‘Sublime service from the Employment team and their partner Anders Bygglin in particular. Anders has very in-depth knowledge of litigation in his field and great understanding of the Finnish Employment legislation. They handled a very complex Employment dispute for my company and excelled in it.’

Key clients

Evidensia Eläinlääkäripalvelut Oy

Finnish Red Cross

OP Financial Group

Outotec Oyj

Oy Karl Fazer Ab

Pöyry Plc/Pöyry ÅF

Telia Company

YIT Corporation

ABB

Blueprint Genetics

Work highlights

  • Advised a global listed company on co-operation procedures and the related terminations of employment in connection with store closures and the shutdown of the company’s operations in Finland.
  • Advised Blueprint Genetics on employment related matters both during the transaction and the integration phase following its sale to Quest Diagnostics.
  • Acted for a client in an FAI arbitration in a matter concerning the provision of a managing director’s agreement, including shareholding issues and severance pay.

Lexia Attorneys Ltd

Lexia Attorneys Ltd is recommended for day-to-day employment matters and restructuring issues, drawing on the group's primary strength in employment litigation. The team acts for a variety of clients including media companies and real estate investors. Tomi Korpiola heads up the department, and has extensive experience counselling businesses on HR issues including co-operation negotiations, outsourcing issues, and equality and non-discrimination matters.

Practice head(s):

Tomi Korpiola

Testimonials

‘Very easy to approach. Down-to-earth grip on cases. Very comparable billing and still very good quality. Exceptional legal argumentation skills both in written and oral.’

‘Tomi Korpiola leads the employment team with good and positive attitude. Genuinely cares for his employees and customers situation.’

‘Good attitude and everything works smoothly with Lexia.’

Key clients

MTV Oy

Attendo Oy

Kotipizza Group Oyj

Validia Oy

Oy Woikoski Ab

Viking Line Abp

Tallink Silja Oy

Work highlights

  • Advised Invalidiliiton Asumispalvelut Oy on cooperation negotiations and management training.
  • Represented Attendo in a case where a transfer of business had taken place and therefore the suit had been brought against the wrong party.
  • Represented MTV in a case relating to outsourcing issues and the termination of employment.

Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd

Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd advises clients ranging from multinationals to smaller companies, as well as major public sector agencies. The practice is co-headed by Annika Kiviharju, who represents both employers and trade unions in litigation, and Marja Norrena, who is experienced in discrimination and occupational safety matters. The team also works on executive-level arbitrations, collective negotiations and the employment aspects of restructurings, as well as advising on day-to-day HR administration issues and contracts.

Practice head(s):

Annika Kiviharju; Marja Norrena

Key clients

Cembrit Production Oy

Tiketti Oy

Vitec ALMA Oy

Work highlights

  • Advised Cembrit Production Oy on its HR processes, including contracts, occupational safety issues and collective negotiations.
  • Advising Tiketti Oy on its ongoing HR processes.
  • Assisting Vitec ALMA Oy with its ongoing HR processes, including preparing template agreements and advising on working hours arrangements and non-competition issues.

Magnusson

Magnusson provides day-to-day advice and employment support on M&A transactions, with notable expertise in cross-border work. Jukka Blomberg, Ville Salonen and Tomi Merenheimo jointly lead the group; they focus on employment disputes, transaction-related advice and restructurings respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jukka Blomberg; Ville Salonen; Tomi Merenheimo

Key clients

Adecco Finland Oy

Joblink Oy

SH-Palveluverkko Oy

Work highlights

  • Advised Adecco Finland Oy, a Finnish company of Swiss-based Adecco Group, in connection with the company’s employment-related matters in Finland.
  • Advised Joblink Oy, a Finnish staffing company providing staffing and outsourcing services mainly in the retail industry, in connection with the company’s employment-related matters.

Waselius & Wist

Waselius & Wist specialises in advising international companies on employment issues relating to setting up business in Finland, and supports the firm's wider M&A transactions. Jan Waselius heads up the team with Jouni Kautto, who handles employment disputes, reorganisations and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Jan Waselius; Jouni Kautto

Key clients

BASF Oy

Ejendals

SCA

Mars

NCH

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Surfactor Finland Oy