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Get to Know Us | Anna Nordin Pettersson, Law Student Trainee, Stockholm

29 May 2020

How did you end up as a law student trainee at Hannes Snellman?

My interest in corporate law started a year ago when I took a course in association law. In addition, I spent last summer as a trainee in the legal department at the Swedish Companies Registration Office, where I worked with legal questions from clients regarding companies, and my interest in corporate law grew even further. After the summer, I knew I wanted to find out what it was like to work at a law firm.

From the outset, I actually applied for a summer trainee position at Hannes Snellman, and I wrote in my cover letter that I was interested in corporate law and preferably wanted to work with private M&A. After some time had passed, Hannes Snellman inquired and asked whether I was interested to work as a law student trainee instead because they were actually looking for someone to join the private M&A team in the spring. We scheduled an interview and I got the opportunity to meet Annie Tillmo from HR and Douglas Essehorn from the M&A team. Immediately, I had such a good feeling about the Law Student Trainee Programme and Hannes Snellman in general. That same evening, I got a call from Hannes Snellman offering me the job, and it felt like a matter of course to take it. I knew that I might only get an opportunity like this once, and after three years of studying, a break could not have come at a more convenient time.

What was your first impression of Hannes Snellman?

I actually got my first impression of Hannes Snellman on my first day as a law student trainee. After meeting the other trainees and getting a brief review, it was time for an office tour. I was pleasantly surprised when we not only got to see the building, but also got the opportunity to walk around and greet everyone at the office. This really made a case for the welcoming atmosphere here at Hannes Snellman.

Tell us a little bit about your time here as a law student trainee.

This spring, working as a law student trainee has been very challenging and educational. Naturally, the trainee period did not turn out exactly as I had imagined due to the COVID-19 situation. For sure, you can say that this spring has been one of a kind with the circumstances of working from home and attending meetings online, but eventually you get used to it too. Of course, many side activities such as student events and after works have been cancelled this spring, which is unfortunate, but there is nothing you can do about that.

Despite the current situation, I have had such an amazing experience, and it has been a pleasure getting to work with all of the talented people and getting the opportunity to learn by doing.

My tasks have been very varied and educational. I have, of course, done legal due diligence, investigations, and translations, among other things. I have also done other corporate-related tasks, for example, establishing share registers. Finally, I have also been proofreading documents and drafting emails to clients and corporate documents to authorities. As you can probably guess, no two days have been the same.

Without a doubt, this spring has been the most educational of my time as a law student, and I have become more motivated than ever to go back and finish my education. I would recommend everyone to apply for the Law Student Trainee Programme. It really is the perfect opportunity to get practical insight into what it actually means to work at a law firm. 

How would you describe the Hannes Snellman culture?

I would describe the Hannes Snellman culture as very welcoming. There have never been “too many” questions to ask and I have always received very good advice and guidance from my team and colleagues. Something that also has kept me motivated is that the team has been good at giving me feedback. Finally, there has been a very good atmosphere between us trainees and I am glad that we have supported each other through the spring.