About Bar Members
In Finland, there is no monopoly in marketing legal services or assisting in court proceedings. Lawyers who advise on and assist in legal matters can be divided into two categories: members of the Finnish Bar Association (attorneys-at-law) and non-members of the Bar (jurists). Only members of the Bar are entitled to use the professional title “attorney-at-law” (in Finnish ”asianajaja” or in Swedish ”advokat”).
A member of the Bar (attorney-at-law) shall honestly and conscientiously fulfill the tasks entrusted to him/her and in all his/her activities observe the proper professional conduct for attorneys-at-law.
Bar Members may practice as sole practitioners, in partnerships or in limited companies. According to the Attorneys-at-law Act, the practice of legal profession in a company is not allowed, except with another attorney-at-law, unless the Board of the Bar Association grants a permit based upon specific grounds. A decision in principle has been made according to which the Board may not grant such a permit; hence MDPs are not allowed.
Bar Members (attorneys-at-law) bear unlimited liability, also when practicing in a corporate structure.