Maisa Nikkola

Partner Bird & Bird Finland


Maisa has an excellent reputation as an employment lawyer.

Maisa is a partner based in our Helsinki office. She is the head of the Nordic and Finnish Employment practice groups as well as the Finnish Employee Incentives and Benefits Group.

Maisa focuses on all aspects of employment relations and advises national and international companies on various employment law issues including transactions, employment contractual issues, the negotiation and termination of contracts, collective and trade union matters, co-operation procedures and discrimination.

Maisa is also a member of the corporate practice group, where she specialises in outsourcing, trade secrets matters and privacy and data protection. She also has experience in litigation and has been recognised as an excellent lawyer for labour and employment law, as well as outsourcing.

Maisa has been acknowledged as one of the leading employment law practitioners in Finland in the most notable international directories (PLC Which Lawyer, Chambers and Partners and The Best Lawyers) and was nominated "Lawyer of the Year 2014 for Labour and Employment law" and "The Lawyer of the Year 2016 – Outsourcing" in Finland by The Best Lawyers. Maisa is a frequent and well-known lecturer at conferences across Finland on the scope of employment law issues. She is also the co-author of the book Solutions for working life challenges, published by J-Impact in 2012.

Maisa is a member of the Finnish Bar Association and also an active member of the Labour Law Association (EELA), the Finnish Association for Human Resource Management (HENRY), and the Finnish Franchising Association. She is also a member in the Employment Law Expert Group of the Finnish Bar Association.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. "Absolutely great, a walking law and court case dictionary - one of the best HR lawyers I've ever met. She has an excellent eye for choosing the right strategy."

    Chambers Europe, Employment, 2016
  2. "She is an excellent, creative lawyer. She listens to customer needs and is able to adjust the message to the audience's level,"

    Chambers Europe, Employment, 2015
  3. "highly skilled and respected lawyer in the field"

    Chambers Europe, Employment, 2014