Finnish Bar Association

The Finnish Bar Association was founded in 1919. Today, it is an organization whose activities are regulated by the Attorneys-at-Law Act of 1958.

The Finnish Bar Association has about 2,100 members. The professional title “attorney-at-law” may be used only by members of the Bar Association (in Finnish: asianajaja; in Swedish: advokat). Law firms additionally employ about 600 associates. Approximately 130 of the Association’s members are employed by public legal aid offices.

The structure of the Bar is regulated in the By-laws of the Bar Association, which the Ministry of Justice has confirmed by a separate decision. The highest decision-making body of the Bar Association is the Delegation, the representatives of which are elected by the local chapters of the Association in relation to the number of their members. The Board of the Association consists of the president, vice president and seven other members from different parts of the country.

The Finnish Bar Association’s office is located in Helsinki and is managed by the Secretary General of the Association, Ms Minna Melender.

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