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We promise to be the best place for professional and personal growth for ambitious and talented individuals.

Our commitment to being the best place to develop professionally and as an individual is one of the biggest factors for why we are ranked in the TOP 5 of the best workplaces in Finland in the 2018 Great Place to Work® Finland survey.

We are committed to develop everyone’s potential to the fullest extent possible. Once recruited, every employee embarks on their tailored D&I Journey, which is about opportunities for professional and personal development and recognising everyone’s individual contribution to our culture.

Are you a star individual with a teamplayer’s soul? We welcome you to join our team!

Open vacancy

Knowledge Management Trainees 2019

We are now looking for Knowledge Management Trainees to start in our team in the beginning of 2019!

We are looking for two Knowledge Management Trainees to work part-time in Dittmar & Indrenius’ legal information service as colleagues of our current KM Trainees Peppi and Jemina. Tasks of the KM Trainees include indexing legal publications, legal information retrieval and various legal monitoring and cataloguing assignments. In addition to learning legal substance matters, the position provides the opportunity to learn legal knowledge management skills beneficial in any lawyer profession. D&I’s legal information service works in cooperation with all our practice areas and lawyers. During their traineeship, our KM Trainees obtain an exceptionally wide outlook on all aspects of business law, while they also become familiar with the versatility of attorneys’ work and assignments.

Read more on the open vacancy here.

How to apply?

Tell us why you want to work with us as a KM Trainee, what are you like as a person and what are you expecting from our mutual journey. Send your CV, application letter (in Finnish) and transcript of studies no later than Wednesday 14th of November 2018 by e-mail to [email protected]. Title your message as “KM Trainee” and send your application documents as PDF files. We aim at making the recruitment decisions by the start of December.

You want to ask something? Please contact our HR Coordinator Heta Havu. In addition you can take a look at our social media channels in order to get the first touch with your future colleagues.

Recruitment Philosophy

Our recruitment philosophy is very simple.

We believe that our culture is the single most important factor affecting our ability to find the best solutions for our clients’ challenges. Hence, we look for ambitious and talented people who are great matches to our culture of collaboration.

We like people who can think outside the box and quickly grasp the essence of situations with capacity to drive projects. We like people with potential to learn and grow. Most importantly, we like things that work. That’s why we look especially for signs of your teamplayer skills. Building a culture of collaboration, we’ve found, requires a strong commitment to our Cultural Cornestones, starting from recruiting.

We warmly encourage you to look for a corporate culture that is the right fit for you and your ambitions. Just as we are not the right firm for all clients, we are not the right firm for every brilliant lawyer either.

 

Talent Management

The formative associate years are all about watching, doing and learning: mastering the basics widely across legal areas. We strive to make our associates know what to expect and what is expected of them in keeping our developing individuals engaged, motivated and happy.

We will not be putting the cart before the horse but we do believe that professional competence grows faster when a person is trusted with a lot of responsibility from the very beginning. We believe the most important attorney qualities, judgment, tenacity and collaboration, are built step by step by challenging and learning from each other in action.

We devote a lot of effort to our talent management. We expect all our people to be willing to learn and develop continuously.

Our promise to our talented individuals is to be the best place to develop, both as a professional and as an individual.

Trainee Programmes

We recruit trainees for our three different student trainee programmes once or twice a year per programme.

We have no fixed lengths for traineeships. Welcoming our trainees individually and tailoring them their own traineeship period are important parts of the D&I journey. Typically, we only hire a few trainees to work at the same time to ensure we offer a top quality trainee experience and to make sure that our employer promise – Best Place to Develop – begins right there.  We are very happy and proud that based on law students’ votes, the Finnish Lawyers Association rated D&I the Best Law Student Employer of 2017 in Finland.

We prefer to rotate our young lawyers in several practice groups for their first two years for gaining perspective and for acquiring solid foundation in more than just one or two areas. Following this philosophy of “all-round legal education”, also our trainees work within various practice groups and Powerhouses.

Junior Trainee

Our Junior Trainees are never shying away from even the trickiest tasks. They are the epitome of the can-do attitude, always ready to help. They handle every task with great energy and precision. The right attitude is the key.

Junior Trainees keep our office up and running by taking care of everyday tasks around the office and making everyone’s life easier. Whether it’s delivering documents, helping organizing events or making sure our kitchen has the best snacks, Junior Trainees are always up to the task. They might not work with legal assignments just yet, but they gain valuable insight about how a law firm works. Also juggling many things at once and thinking fast (and outside the famous box) are skills that most likely improve while working as a Junior Trainee.

Junior Trainees are usually in their first or second year of law studies. They work part-time in two shifts in order to combine working and studies smoothly. A Junior Trainee period can be everything from six to 18 months.

KM Trainee

Knowledge Management Trainees work with our lawyers on client assignments relating to all practice areas. KM Trainees participate in comprehensive legal information retrieval training, which enables them to provide our lawyers relevant and up-to-date information on legal developments, case law, legal commentaries and legislative materials. One of their tasks is also cataloguing and indexing legal publications acquired in our library.

During their traineeship, our KM trainees obtain an exceptionally wide outlook on all aspects of business law. Legal knowledge management skills acquired during the trainee program are beneficial in any lawyer profession, also outside the law firm environment.

KM Trainees are usually half-way through of their law studies. They work part-time, usually two to three days a week. Our KM Trainees typically stay with us for a bit longer period of time, often up to two years.

Our KM Trainees are eager to learn new things every day, since every assignment is different! Our KM Trainees really like to dig into tasks; they leave no stone unturned while searching for comprehensive and correct answers. Being precise and being proactive help in getting the job done.

Associate Trainee

Associate Trainees work with clientwork alongside our lawyers. Their work is very similar to that of recently graduated lawyers. With the support of experienced colleagues, they draft documents, search for background material, work with translations and attend meetings with clients. Our Associate Trainees work within multiple fields of law, building a strong foundation for their future career and learning to work on the most complex legal questions.

Associate Trainees are already quite advanced in their studies. They work full-time for about four to six months.

One of the key traits of our Associate Trainee is willingness to develop and eagerness to try out new kinds of tasks and fields of law. An open and curious mindset is highly valued. Our Associate Trainees are sharp minds, but what’s more important is their ambition to become even sharper. Open communication and exchanging ideas with colleagues is a key part of the role.

Open Application

We are always hiring the very best people who are also great matches to our culture for reinforcing and developing it as a team.

Please introduce yourself to us at [email protected], and we will get back to you.

 

Contact

Mikael Ahtokari

Director, People and Culture [email protected]
HR Coordinator [email protected]

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Legal developments at the end of the parliamentary term: Focus on effective legal monitoring
18 Oct 2018 As the current parliamentary term approaches its end, the workload of the Finnish Parliament keeps on increasing. There is a multitude of government proposals with high interest to our clients in parliamentary review at the moment, and it is unclear how the time limits relating to e.g. implementing EU directives will hold, and whether there is enough time to complete all relevant proceedings in due course. Transactions and legal solutions concerning our clients' business may be affected by the uncertainty, but we strive to keep our clients informed every step of the way. Everybody knows that it is essential for attorneys to keep up with constantly changing legislation. Insights on anticipated legislative reforms and amendments are something that our clients may specifically request from us. Naturally all our legal advice must be based on up-to-date legislation – taking into account any eventual changes in the near future. Our profession is a knowledge profession, and it is central for our lawyers to keep up with legal developments. In the course of this autumn, legislative processes and reforms have kept us busier than usual. This will continue until next spring, since the Finnish parliamentary elections will be held in mid-April 2019. All proposals submitted to the Parliament by the current Government must be approved during this electoral term, or else they will lapse. Unfortunately, it seems likely that a number of government proposals are destined to lapse, as the parliamentary committees' workload is enormous – and has been since last spring. There are currently several substantial – and also politically controversial – reforms under parliamentary review, such as the introduction of regional government, health and social services reform and government proposals for legislation on civil and military intelligence and on the oversight of intelligence gathering. Parliamentary review of these major reforms takes up a great deal of certain committees' time. The Social Affairs and Health Committee and the Constitutional Law Committee have been particularly burdened. Parliamentary review of approximately 170 government proposals is underway in mid-October 2018. According to the Government's plans, a further 120 government bills will be submitted to the Parliament during this electoral term, in the course of which they must also be approved. Small and technical amendments form a part of the aforementioned nearly 300 bills, but there is a multitude of government proposals with high interest to our corporate clients, such as the already delayed implementation of GDPR into Finnish legislation and all the amendments relating thereto. As the implementation of the EU's fifth money-laundering directive requires review by the Constitutional Law Committee, the aim to have it in force in the beginning of 2019 is also challenging. It is also worth to mention some other government proposals of significance, which have been recently submitted to the Parliament: proposal regarding amendments to energy taxation, which include stipulations on large-scale energy storages, and the reform of trademark legislation including amendments required in the EU trademark directive, which must be implemented already in January 2019. Even though legal information retrieval is a part of the basic skillset of every lawyer, the core duties of associates and attorneys working in a law firm do not include monitoring legislative processes. It is the expertise and focus on legal research that enables us legal knowledge management professionals to be of true value to our colleagues, who may then concentrate on their own legal expertise – and also on the business of our clients. Indeed, many of my colleagues have expressly shown their appreciation to our KM team's devotion on proactive follow-up of status and current contents of anticipated legislative amendments in the course of the past few months. It is fundamental for our clients to be aware of the forthcoming legislation in order to adjust their business accordingly, to ensure their continuing compliance and to stay on top of their game. Strategic legal advice is not only about the present, but also about the future. And although predicting the future seems to be harder than usual today, our continuous monitoring of legal developments and following-up on specific parliamentary proceedings in detail provides our lawyers the possibility to keep up with the anticipated amendments to legislation in their field of expertise. Effective legal knowledge management also makes it possible for both our lawyers and our clients to focus on what they do best: their core business.
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Earth Needs Good Lawyers
18 Jun 2018 As of January 2018, our much respected ex-Partner Raija-Leena Ojanen has been working as the legal advisor for WWF. At D&I, Raija was a true role model for her uncompromising dedication to the highest level of professional service. Q: What made you first want to work for WWF? The idea of working for an environmental organization slowly grew upon me. Through the pro bono work done at D&I for WWF, I started to receive regular dosages of information about the deterioration of the biodiversity, the overexploitation of natural resources and the increasing urgency to tackle climate change. The flow of information increased when I was appointed board member for WWF Finland.  Also, during those years, I had many interesting discussions with my daughter, who recently completed her masters in biology, about human genetics, biochemistry and how exposure to toxic chemicals affects us. Thirdly, client projects involving sustainability and compliance became more and more important parts of my work as head of Corporate advisory, Compliance and CSR. I remember starting to vaguely think about a future in globally oriented environmental work sometime around 2014/2015. The thoughts grew stronger last summer at Berkeley where I completed the first part of my two-summer LLM studies. At Berkeley I learned how big a role lawyers play, at least in America, in promoting environmentally conscious and sustainable public policies. I was greatly impressed by the organization Earthjustice that uses the slogan “Earth Needs a Good Lawyer”. Q: What are the most rewarding things about working at WWF? WWF works to build a future where there is good balance between nature and people. The work is done on a wide spectrum of activities ranging from building snowbanks to protect the newborn Saimaa ringed seal to hands-on building of fishways around dams in freshwater waterways to interaction with politicians and businesses about steps towards carbon-neutrality and further onto international talks at Arctic Council. Although I thought that I had a pretty good understanding ahead, I have been amazed during the first months as a new Panda (that’s what new recruits are called at WWF) at how much the group of about 60 people at WWF Finland can accomplish. The talent is in cooperation and the engaging organizations and people to work with WWF to reach important goals. It is very rewarding to be able to contribute my part for the saving of the world. Q: What legal issues or challenges have you got coming up on the horizon at WWF? The great challenge at WWF is making governments and businesses understand the urgency around climate change. Although the common goal under the Paris Agreement is to keep the global warming under 2°C compared to pre-industrial time, the transformation to carbon-neutrality is lagging seriously behind. It is apparent that the present policy approach that promotes voluntary efforts and produces legislation that impose transparency and reporting requirements to generate market pressure on reducing carbon footprints have proven to be insufficient. Making the changes happen soon enough seems to call for impact-oriented legislation. The parliaments in Finland, in EU and globally may need to move to passing binding obligation on government entities and businesses to assess whether their actions are in line with the two-degree target and if not, to make the necessary changes. The challenge is how to draft such legislation so that the rules are easy to understand, implement and monitor. Q: What do you miss from Dittmar & Indrenius? The best part of the work at D&I was working with long-term clients, some of which I had the pleasure of advising for over 20 years. Long cooperation built mutual trust and gave an in-depth understanding of the key elements of the client’s business. The legal challenges were solved in seamless cooperation between the representatives of the client and the dedicated team at D&I. I will surely be following the success of those companies also in the future. From a personal perspective, I already miss our special D&I team spirit. It works like glue and has built a strong community. D&I truly is a great place to work and it was not easy to say goodbye. Luckily, I do not have to leave it completely behind. Before I left, I made sure that I am on the invitation lists for practically all D&I events! And there are a lot of opportunities to stay in contact through the pro bono cooperation that continues between WWF and D&I. Q: Besides work-related text, what are you reading or planning to read next and why? At the moment, it is difficult for me to separate between work-related and other reading. There is so much I have to learn about the status of the planet, the research on the future and the ways to turn things around. I am presently reading a global forecast by Jorgen Randers called 2052. The book seeks to understand what the world is likely to look like in year 2052. I have not read far enough to tell you here what his conclusion is. If I manage to stay healthy and live long, I will be around to witness if he was right or wrong. I hope the world comes together and is able to make the necessary changes.

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