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Board of Directors, Committees and Management Committee

Board of Directors, Committees and Management Committee

Board of the Finnish Bar Association

The Board is responsible for the implementation of the Finnish Bar Association’s strategy and monitors the Bar Association’s operations through monthly meetings. The majority of Board work is related to the discharge of the Bar Association’s statutory duties, such as the approval of members and supervision of attorneys-at-law.

The members of the Board perform their statutory duties with the responsibility of a judge.

The Chairperson of the Board and thus the Finnish Bar Association is Eero-Pekka Uotila (Helsinki) and Vice-Chairperson Jussi Ikonen (Helsinki).

 

Chairperson (2024–), Attorney-at-Law Eero-Pekka Uotila

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Eero-Pekka Uotila, Attorney-at-Law
Properta Asianajotoimisto Oy
Unioninkatu 7 B 17, 00130 Helsinki
firstname.surname@properta.fi

 

Vice-Chairperson (2024–), Attorney-at-Law Jussi Ikonen

 

 

Jussi Ikonen, Attorney-at-Law
Asianajotoimisto Merilampi Oy
Keskuskatu 7, 00100 Helsinki
firstname.surname@merilampi.com

 

In addition to Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson the Board comprises eight Finnish- and Swedish-speaking members representing different parts of Finland. Members of the Board serve for a term of three years:

  • Hannu Kalkas (Helsinki), deputy Iina-Mari Supperi (Helsinki)
  • Tomi Kauppinen (Häme), deputy Heikki Pietinalho (Turku)
  • Suvi Knaapila (Helsinki), deputy Petra Lindberg (Helsinki)
  • Aino Kuulasmaa (Mikkeli), deputy Emilia Vuolle (Itä-Suomi)
  • Mari Lampenius (Helsinki), deputy Nina Solas-Iloniemi (Helsinki)
  • Veli-Matti Lanne (Satakunta), deputy Minna Horelli (Päijät-Häme)
  • Max Lindholm (Helsinki), deputy Martina Kronström (Helsinki)
  • Matti Pulkamo (Lappi), deputy Lauri Leppänen (Vaasa)

 

Hallitus, kesäkuu 2023

Board members and the Secretary General of the Finnish Bar Association in June 2023. From left to right in the photograph: Elina Saari (Central Finland), Eero-Pekka Uotila, Vice Chairperson (Helsinki), Lotta Kroneld (Turku), Matti Pulkamo (Lapland), Janne Nyman, Chairman of the Delegation (Helsinki, right to attend meetings), Niko Jakobsson, Secretary General of the Finnish Bar Association, Hanna Räihä-Mäntyharju, Chairperson (Tavastia), Hannu Kalkas (Helsinki), Max Lindholm (Helsinki), Jussi Ikonen (Helsinki) and Mari Lampenius (Helsinki). Lasse Tirronen (Kymi) is not pictured.

 

 

Management Committee

The Management Committee of the Finnish Bar Association is the Secretary General’s strong right arm. The Secretary General has overall responsibility for the operations of the Bar Association and management of the office.

 

Secretary General Niko Jakobsson, operative leader of the Finnish Bar Association

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Niko Jakobsson, Secretary General, LL.M. with court training
Finnish Bar Association
P.O. Box 194 (Mikonkatu 25), 00101 Helsinki
Tel. +358 9 6866 120
firstname.surname@advokatforbundet.fi

 

The other members of the Management Committee serve as supervisors in charge of decision-making and management in their own fields of operation. If you have any questions at all on the Bar Association’s areas of activity or the development of operations, please contact the members of the Management Committee directly. 

Members of the Management Committee are:

  • Niko Jakobsson, Secretary General (overall responsibility for the Bar Association’s operations, international affairs, administration, IT and development),
  • Marian Grönlund, Director, Member Affairs & Supervision and
  • Liisa Laitinen, Director, Communications & Training.

Suvi Vekki, Acting Head of Disciplinary Unit, is member of the extended Management Committee, who is involved in the Management Committee when dealing with non-jurisdictional matters related to all personnel.

Committees

The Committees of the Finnish Bar Association prepare matters relating to themes of particular importance to the Bar Association for discussion by the Board. They are tasked with keeping track of issues related to the development of attorney services and judicial conditions and preparing proposals for decisions in these areas.

At present, the Committees are focusing on the development of professionalism, ethical questions, matters related to IT, data protection and data security, the training / continuing education of attorneys-at-law, development of mediation activities and encouraging activity in young attorneys-at-law. If you have questions or development ideas related to the field of a Committee, please contact the Committee’s Chairperson directly.

 

Committees of the Finnish Bar Association 1.10.2022–

Professional Committee
Lotta Kroneld chair, Kirsi Ikävalko-Lähde, Petri Impola, Mikko Iso-Aho, Klaus Kinanen, Max Lindholm, Jarkko Männistö, Kaija Ruosteenoja, Kirsi-Marja Salokangas, Heikki Sillanpää and Samuli Tarkiainen.

Ethics Committee
Hannu Kalkas chair, Björn Boucht, Jussi Ikonen (CCBE)*, Petra Lindberg, Toni Siimes, Pekka Suojanen, Petri Vesa and Emilia Vuolle.

IT Committee
Matti Pulkamo chair, Kimmo Koskentausta, Risto Sandvik, Pauli Sortti and Eija Warma-Lehtinen (CCBE).

Education Committee
Mari Lampenius chair, Mia Kavasto, Aino Kuulasmaa, Lasse Lievonen (CCBE), Kristiina Liljedahl and Iina-Mari Supperi.

Youth Committee
Iina-Mari Supperi chair, Pinja Hoffrichter, Mikko Iso-Aho, Klaus Kinanen, Anni Murto-Koivisto and Essi Santavuo.

Mediation Committee
Lasse Tirronen chair, Mikko Elonheimo, Johanna Flythström, Caius Honkanen, Kari Jaatinen, Timo A. Järvinen, Helena Kalmanlehto, Anna Kuusi, Heidi Merikalla-Teir, Antti Pulkkinen and Marja Välilä.

*) Some committees and legal expert groups also include persons on CCBE committees as CCBE representatives. Their role is to serve as a link between the Bar Association’s international activities and expert work.