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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 Hanna Räihä-Mäntyharju (Tampere) and Vice-Chairperson Eero-Pekka Uotila (Helsinki).

 

Chairperson (2020–), Attorney-at-Law Hanna Räihä-Mäntyharju

Download a press photo of Hanna Räihä-Mäntyharju Hanna Räihä-Mäntyharju, Attorney-at-Law, LL.M. with court training
Asianajotoimisto Tempo Oy
Hämeenkatu 15 B, 33100 Tampere
firstname.surname@tempolaw.fi

 

Vice-Chairperson (2020–), 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

 

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.

Members Deputy Members
Jussi Ikonen (Helsinki) Suvi Knaapila (Helsinki)
Hannu Kalkas (Helsinki) Iina-Mari Supperi (Helsinki)
Lotta Kroneld (Turku) Tomi Kauppinen (Tavastia)
Mari Lampenius (Helsinki) Hanna-Maria Seppä (Helsinki)
Max Lindholm (Helsinki) Martina Kronström (Helsinki)
Juha Ryynänen (Oulu) Matti Pulkamo (Lapland)
Elina Saari (Central Finland) Veli-Matti Lanne (Satakunta)
Lasse Tirronen (Kymi) Aino Kuulasmaa (Mikkeli)

 

Board members, July 2021

As of August 2021, the Board members are, from the left in the photograph: Eero-Pekka Uotila, Vice Chairperson (Helsinki), Mari Lampenius (Helsinki), Jussi Ikonen (Helsinki), Tero Puha, Chairman of the Delegation (Helsinki), right to attend meetings, Hanna Räihä-Mäntyharju, Chairperson (Tavastland), Hannu Kalkas (Helsinki), Lotta Kroneld (Turku) and Juha Ryynänen (Oulu). The picture lacks Max Lindholm (Helsinki), Elina Saari (Middle Finland) and Lasse Tirronen (Kymi).

 

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
  • Sari Krappe, Director, Communications & Training.

Britta Andersin, 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
Juha Ryynänen 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.