Employment in Finland
Castrén & Snellman's practice has a notable focus on civil and criminal employment litigation, restructuring and outsourcing issues and mass redundancies. The team, which is jointly led by Tomi Kemppainen and Outi Tähtinen, also has expertise in public sector employment issues, discrimination work and occupational safety matters including the related criminal proceedings. The team's client roster spans various industries and includes banking, aviation and engineering service clients; notable examples include Nordea Bank and Finnair. Senior associate Sanna Alku is noted for her expertise in labour restructuring issues.
Tomi Kemppainen; Outi Tähtinen
‘Very fast and hands-on advice. The lawyers are always accessible. They stick to deadlines and have a good focus on the task at hand.’
‘Wide-ranging understanding of Finnish employment law, the labour market and HR-practises.‘
‘I work with international law firms globally (on average I am instructing a foreign firm on a new matter 4 or 5 times a month) and Castren are possibly my favourite firm. They provide quality, commercial advice every single time.’
‘The employment team is exceptionally well run by Tomi Kemppainen and Outi Tahtitnen who are both extremely sociable and nice people too. I have met them numerous times and their star quality is confirmed to me.’
‘Castren & Snellman has a very strong employment team with capabilities to handle any kind of employment law related assignment. In my opinion, they have the best team in Finland as regards co-operation negotiations, employment law related disputes and occupational safety related matters. When compared to other law firms, the employment team of C&S is more comprehensive, as to the head-count of lawyers and the quality of work they deliver.’
‘C & S has always provided very good service in a reliable and discreet way. They have solid expertise in labour law. They react quickly and proactively and can provide a wide range of services, true all-rounders.’
‘Eveliina Tammela has provided outstanding assistance to my company in both non-contentious work as well as emergency situations. She keeps a very cool head and remains focused at all times.‘
‘Availability, expertise, speed of service.‘
‘Outi TÃhtinen and Tomi Kemppainen have proven to be very professional Partners. They provide quality service and answers very quickly to my problems regardless of time. They are also very nice people with excellent service attitude.’
‘We have been very satisfied with the service. Response times are very short (if needed). Their employment team has a very wide-ranging understanding of Finnish employment law, labour market and HR-practises. That differs Castren & Snellman from most of the other bigger law firms in Helsinki which seem to focus on more limited service in employment matters.’
DS Smith Packaging Finland Ltd
Pöyry Finland Ltd
Delta Motor Group Ltd
Rovio Entertainment Corporation
Nordea Bank Abp
- Advising Finnair on employment considerations including several cross-border matters.
- Advising Nordea Bank on the employment aspects of its re-domicilation from Sweden to Finland.
- Advising Telia on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting, a transaction affecting around 1200 employees.
Dittmar & Indrenius strengthened its employment practice with the arrival of Mika Kärkkäinen from the Confederation of Finnish Industries, which deepened the team's expertise in contentious labour relations issues. The practice primarily acts for corporate clients in employment disputes relating to dismissal, pay and complex restructuring issues. In a recent precedent-setting case, the group represented three major forestry companies in a criminal liability case against one of Finland's largest trade unions regarding illegal strikes. The team is jointly led by Seppo Havia and Suvi Knaapila; 'expert' employment litigator Petteri Uoti is also a key name to note.
Seppo Havia; Suvi Knaapila
‘By far the most innovative employment practice in Finland, coming up with solutions to difficult problems. Outstanding expertise in employment legislation.’
Aller Media Group
Alma Media Group
Boliden Kevitsa Mining Ltd
City of Lappeenranta
Corporation of the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Crisis Management Initiative ry (CMI)
Finnair Plc / Finnair Group
Stora Enso Plc
Suomen Kuntaliitto ry (Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities)
University of Lapland
Wasco Coatings Finland Ltd
- Defending Finnair in a €2m claim alleging unequal pay.
- Represented Stockmann in a precedent-setting layoff case.
- Representing Stora Enso, UPM Kymmene and Metsä Group in a criminal liability case against one of Finland’s largest trade unions and its former chairman regarding illegal strikes.
Roschier's practice handles a variety of employment mandates encompassing day-to-day employment advice, contentious employment cases and the employment aspects of complex domestic and cross-border M&A mandates. In a recent highlight, the team advised Tieto on the employment aspects of its merger with Evry including handling the implementation of EU Article 133, which relates to employee participation and representation. The practice is led by 'trusted adviser' Anu Waaralinna, and senior associate Mari Mohsen is highly praised as 'one of a kind' and a 'rising star' in the field.
‘A team effort for sure, but there is very strong feeling of accountability and ownership.’
‘Anu Waaralinna has been our trusted advisor for years. She is already part of my core team.’
‘Practical and well-formulated opinions.‘
‘Very hands on team with good competence also on practical level. Capable to take the lead in matters on very short notice.‘
‘Mari Mohsen is one of a kind. Very practical and solution oriented. Values customer’s time and money and does not create billable hours when they are not needed. Especially good in cooperation negotiations.‘
‘Professional but at the same time very approachable way of acting towards the customer.‘
‘I have been working with Anu for years and she is always easy to reach when I have an issue. Anu’s know how and the way she handles your case makes me feel comfortable and I always know I am in good hands. Anu has the ability to explain difficult things in a down to earth way and she is repeating the message again and again until you know what is it all about (without embarrassing you).
Keskinäinen työeläkevakuutusyhtiö Varma (Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company)
- Advised on the employment aspects of the merger between Tieto and Evry including the implementation of the EU-wide article 133 pertaining to employee participation.
- Assisting Keskinäinen työeläkevakuutusyhtiö Varma with various complex employment law matters.
Maisa Nikkola leads the team at Bird & Bird, which acts on a range of employment issues including management board restructurings, contractual issues, employee disputes, the employment aspects of M&A transactions and cross-border HR mandates. Clients include technology companies, private equity and investment funds and governmental institutions; the team notably advised the Ministry of Transportation and Communications on the employment elements of its introduction of new traffic control and management services.
‘Very fast delivery, always available, outstanding commercial understanding. Well balanced, motivated team that is willing to go the extra mile.‘
‘Very professional and a high level of knowledge and experience.‘
‘Strong professional attitude and short reaction times.‘
‘Easy to approach.‘
‘Great communication skills and fast replies when needed, great service and really positive lawyers. They seem to have endless interest and patience.’
‘I have mainly worked with Teea Kemppinen. The description of the team’s strengths equally apply to her. She also has excellent communication skills.‘
‘Up to date knowledge of employment law future changes, strong understanding of different laws.‘
The management of Mehiläinen Oy
- Advised Lowell on the divestment of Lowell’s Nordics payment business unit.
Borenius acts for its client roster of international businesses on a variety of employment-related matters including international restructurings, outsourcing work and day-to-day employment advice. The team also represents corporate clients in disputes related to occupational heath and safety issues, workplace conditions and employee terminations. Noteworthy clients include Electronic Arts and Qatar Airways; other clients stem from the mining, chemicals and real estate industries. The practice is led by Jani Syrjänen, who has extensive experience advising clients on complex employment issues including collective bargaining agreements, outsourcings and reorganisations.
‘Good competence, quick reaction times, and effective co-operation.‘
‘A wide level of high quality support available.’
‘For my point of view, Borenius has a mix of judicial expertise in various areas, value-based leadership (and strong values with a well thought social responsibility action) and general ownership.’
‘Specialists in immigration laws, very efficient. Have good knowledge of day to day functioning of local immigration departments. Very prompt in responding as well which is critical and last minute business travel advice.‘
‘Borenius’ labour law team has been winning most of our cases in court. They always prepare thoroughly and fearlessly fight for our standpoint but have also the courage to tell us when it’s time to settle the case.‘
‘Strong local knowledge and heritage.’
‘Very accessible and professional and swift responses.’
Qatar Airways Group
Agnico Eagle Mining
American Express Europe, S.A.
Automatia Pankkiautomaatit Oy
City of Orivesi
The Walt Disney Company
Finnish Paralympic Committee
NVIDIA, Helsinki Oy
Pernod Ricard Finland Oy
Realia Group Oy
- Advising Venator on the closure of its large titanium dioxide facility in Pori, Finland.
- Represented Agnico Eagle in a notable occupational safety and health case.
- Advised Fox on the outsourcing of its media sales and media planning in Finland to Sanoma Media Finland.
Led by employment specialist Carola Möller, the team at Krogerus advises on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, restructurings, day-to-day employment issues including contracts, and contentious issues regarding the workplace environment, discrimination and wrongful termination. The team's client roster spans domestic and international clients including the Santander Group and several logistics businesses.
‘I just love to work with the Krogerus labour legislation team because they are always well aware of my case, it seems like the communication between the team members works perfectly. I always get very quick responses to my questions and problems and if the right person is not available at that moment, I get some idea when they will get back to me. They are always very customer oriented and I get that feeling that they are doing their very best for me.’
Santander Consumer Finance
- Representing Transval Henkilöstöpalvelut in a dispute concerning the termination of employment and the obligation to offer other positions as an alternative to termination.
- Advising the bankruptcy estates of FG Retail (110 employees), Kankaanpää Works (140 employees) and Domus Yhtiöt (240 employees) on all employment-related matters.
- Advising Finnfund on day-to-day employment issues including terminations and disciplinary procedures as well as HR policies and processes, and workplace inspections relating to equal treatment.
Merilampi Attorneys Ltd acts across the full range of employment matters including day-to-day advice, reorganisation issues and the drafting of CEO contracts; the group also has employment litigation capabilities. The team acts for noteworthy clients including Microsoft, and also advises the Finnish government. Specialist lawyer Heidi Hiltunen heads up the department and advises a range of corporate clients on employment mandates.
Microsoft, including Microsoft Mobile Oy and Microsoft Oy
Dottir Attorneys Ltd. acts for clients across a range of industries on day-to-day employment work and also handles litigation relating to employee agreements and terminations. Practice head Samuel Kääriäinen, who joined the group from Dittmar & Indrenius in 2019, is an employment law specialist and focuses on personnel mandates including recruitment issues, terms of employment matters and employee data privacy work. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Antti Rajamäki from DLA Piper in late 2019.
Wolt Enterprises Oy
Aller Media Oy
Freska Finland Oy
Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj
Endemol Shine Finland Oy
Bring Express Oy
- Representing Lassila & Tikanoja in litigation relating to termination of employment issues and cooperation consultations.
- Advising Wolt Enterprises on employment law related matters.
- Advising on Aller Media’s employment matters spanning day-to-day consultation and dispute resolution.
Eversheds Asianajotoimisto Oy / Eversheds Attorneys Ltd (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) acts for employers in a range of matters, with particular expertise in health and safety and working conditions disputes. The team counts notable clients including local municipalities and major international construction companies on its roster. Timo Jarmas, Heikki Tuomela and Pekka Jantti head up the practice, which recently represented Pirkanmaa Hospital District in an investigation by the Parliamentary Ombudsman of Finland.
Timo Jarmas; Heikki Tuomela; Pekka Jäntti
‘You can rely on getting help even with difficult questions. There is a great deal of knowledge and experience in the Employment team on Eversheds.’
‘I do respect the attitude, knowledge and experience of Timo Jarmas who is my main contact in Eversheds – he understands our business environment and shares his opinions pointing out possible risks. This is just what we need, not just the low-risk legal solution, but giving deeper insight on the overall issue.’
‘Capable of delivering pragmatic solutions.‘
Suomen Terveystalo Oyj
YIT Construction Ltd
Oy Aku’s Factory Ltd
Studio Mediapolis Oy
Pirkanmaa Hospital District
Tapola Oy Lihanjalostustehdas
Inwido Finland Oy
Vantaan Tilapalvelut Vantti Oy
City of Vantaa
- Represented Paccor Finland and two of its employees in a criminal case regarding a health and safety violation.
- Assisted Pirkanmaa Hospital District in a complaint where the Parliamentary Ombudsman of Finland was asked to investigate the lawfulness of Pirkanmaa Hospital District’s actions.
- Represented Tapola Oy Lihanjalostustehdas in two employment termination cases in the Pirkanmaa District Court and the Turku Court of Appeal.
Hannes Snellman primarily focuses on employment issues arising from M&A mandates and is active in a significant number of the firm's wider cross-border restructuring matters. Other areas of focus include day-to-day corporate advice, employee contract issues and contentious employment disputes. The practice is jointly led by employment specialist Johanna Haltia-Tapio and litigator Anders Bygglin.
Johanna Haltia-Tapio; Anders Bygglin
‘A strong team of experts in all relevant areas.’
‘They are 100% professionals knowing the subject and its cases thoroughly in Finland and also in other Nordic countries. The service level is exceptional – response times are really quick.’
‘They have thorough knowledge and competence. They are great people to work with. Their suggestions are well grounded and take into notice the customer’s situation. Their response time is exceptionally short.’
Pöyry Plc/Pöyry ÅF
Vaaka Partners Oy
OP Financial Group
Oy Karl Fazer Ab
- Advising Evidensia on employment law related matters.
- Counsel to a public listed company in the telecoms industry in a matter relating to an alleged unlawful termination of employment, pending before the District Court.
- Advising on the employment aspects of Fazer’s divestment of Fazer Foods.
Lexia Attorneys Ltd is a key name in the market for day-to-day employment matters and restructuring issues, expanding on the group's primary strength in employment litigation. Recent mandates encompass wrongful termination and transfer of business disputes, workplace environment issues and harassment proceedings. The team's litigation strength attracts a variety of clients including media companies, real estate investors and security services providers. The practice is led by Tomi Korpiola, who is an employment specialist who regularly acts for corporate clients.
‘Down-to-earth approach- Quick answers and very easily approachable.‘
‘Team is compact and all members are capable lawyers. Team has good understanding all around labour law in Finland. Excellent in litigation.‘
‘We are always happy with the content of legal documents drafted by Lexia. They are excellent in formulating answers and finding solutions and new point of views. This applies to all of the Lexia people we have worked with.‘
‘Tomi Korpiola is a good all around labour lawyer. Good experienced lawyer, does what he promises efficiently and is not afraid to say if client is acting against their own best interest.
AVARN Security Oy
Kotipizza Group Oyj
Invalidiliiton Asumispalvelut Oy
- Represented Attendo in a wrongful termination lawsuit, which has allegedly been wrongfully filed following a transfer of business.
- Represented MTV in a case relating to the outsourcing and termination of employment.
- Representing a security services company in a dispute relating to workplace harassment issues.
Annika Kiviharju and Marja Norrena co-lead the team at Mäkitalo Attorneys Ltd, which focuses on day-to-day employment advice, employment litigation, occupational health and safety proceedings and transitional employment matters including collective bargaining negotiations and restructuring work. The group regularly receives mandates from a number of Finnish businesses.
Annika Kiviharju; Marja Norrena
Cembrit Production Oy
- Advising Cembrit Production on all aspects of its HR processes.
The team at Magnusson was strengthened by the recruitment of employment specialist Kaija Pulkkinen from EY Law, who now leads the practice with experienced litigator Jukka Blomberg. The group is particularly active in day-to-day advice, employment issues relating to M&A transactions, restructuring mandates and cross-border work. Ville Salonen is also recommended for his work with international clients on contracts and M&A-related employment issues.
Kaija Pulkkinen; Jukka Blomberg
‘Very good customer focus and really take care of the customer’s interests. Good availability from the partners to help the associates.’
Adecco Finland Oy
- Advising Adecco Finland on Finnish employment matters.
- Advising Joblink on a continuous basis regarding employment issues.
Led by Jan Waselius and Jouni Kautto, the team at Waselius & Wist advises primarily on employment matters relating to the firm's wider M&A transactions with an emphasis on reorganisations and redundancies. The practice also handles employment-related litigation including cases argued before the district courts and Finnish Labour Court.
Jan Waselius; Jouni Kautto
- Advised NRC Group on the employment matters related to it’s acquisition of VR Track.
- Defended CityJet in a dispute before the Labour Court against Blue1 Pilots Association.
- Advised OpenText on the employment matters related to its acquisition of Liaison Technologies.