About Me

I am a partner in our Helsinki office, where I am head of our Nordic and Finnish Employment practice groups as well as our Finnish Employee Incentives & Benefits group. I advise our local and international clients on complex employment issues.

Focusing on all aspects of employment relations, I advise clients on a broad range of employment and HR matters on a daily basis including transactions, contractual issues, the negotiation and termination of contracts, collective and trade union matters, co-operation procedures, restructuring and discrimination.

In addition to employment law, I specialise in outsourcing, trade secret issues and privacy and data protection. I have experience in complex litigation matters.

You'll find me recognised and reviewed as a leading employment lawyer by international directories including Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, The Best Lawyers and PLC Which Lawyer. I was recognised as 'The Lawyer of the Year 2014 – Labour and Employment Law' and 'The Lawyer of the Year 2016 – Outsourcing' by the Best Lawyers.

I am a frequent conference speaker on a wide range of employment law issues and am co-author of the book "Solutions for working life challenges" (J-Impact, 2012).

Our team is regularly working on a broad range of cross-border projects and we have an excellent network with our colleagues located all over the world at our Bird & Bird offices. We have longstanding experience in taking an innovative and strategic approach to our work. Our team is often thanked for being an everyday strategic partner for our clients.
Education

Studied

  • Master of Laws, University of Helsinki (2002)

Admissions

  • Attorney-at-law, the Finnish Bar Association (2006)
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Testimonials

'Nikkola has a very high level of technical knowledge and commercial awareness – a unique and highly valued combination'

Chambers Europe, Employment, 2018

'Deep expertise and understanding'.

EMEA Legal 500, Employment 2017

Clients speak highly of her, regarding her as 'a very experienced expert with excellent leadership and negotiation skills'. Another client further lauds her impressive communication with clients: 'She makes things easier for the clients, using less legal jargon'.

Chambers Europe, Employment, 2019

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