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Get to Know Us | Tuuli Pikkarainen, Associate, Real Estate, Helsinki

1 October 2018

When did you start working at Hannes Snellman, and what is your professional and educational background?

I joined Hannes Snellman as an associate trainee in January 2015. After graduating from the University of Helsinki in October 2015, I started as an associate in our Real Estate team.

What is included in a “normal” working day of an associate?

During the past few years, I have especially focused on real estate transactions and development projects, but I have also been involved in private M&A transactions. Furthermore, I have gained experience in the field of dispute resolution.

My working days vary a lot depending on the stage and type of the assignment I am working on. For example, my tasks include drafting contracts and other legal documentation, participating in negotiations and telephone conferences, and carrying out due diligence reviews. General project management is also a significant part of the work of an associate.

What skills are required of a good lawyer?

I think that the skills required of a good lawyer – regardless of the specific area of expertise – include a very good oral and written presentation and argumentation skills. Furthermore, a good lawyer should quickly understand what is essential in each assignment and what the important issues from the perspective of the client’s business are. In addition, diligence, as well as great interpersonal skills and language skills (especially English), are definitely worth mentioning.

What do you like most about your job?

I find my job challenging and rewarding, as it is possible to develop my skills and understanding and learn something new every day. Furthermore, it is great to get to meet new people and work closely with our clients and my own team members.

How do you like to spend your free time?

In my free time, I take singing lessons and exercise, which are a great counterbalance to office work. On my holidays, I love travelling. My favourite travel destinations so far include Hong Kong, South Africa, London, and New York, but lately, I have also learned to enjoy spending time at my family’s summer cottage here in Finland.


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