Title: Partner, Head of Employment, Benefits & Pensions
Seppo Havia heads the firm’s Employment, Benefits & Pensions practice. He has extensive experience of Finnish and international employment and pensions law and he advises corporate clients in all employment, pensions and employee benefits related issues, including reorganizations, M&A, outsourcing arrangements and dispute resolution.
Seppo is recommended by, inter alia, Chambers Europe, The Legal 500 and The Who's Who Legal publications. Seppo is a member of the Finnish Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the European Employment Lawyers Association and the Industrial Lawyers Association.
Before joining Dittmar & Indrenius in 2004, Seppo worked with the Finnish Association of Support Service Industries and as an attorney.
Joined Dittmar & Indrenius: 2004
Education: University of Helsinki (LL.M., 1991); Trained at the bench (1992)
Languages: Finnish, Swedish and English
Publications & Lectures: Seppo is a regular lecturer in employment and pension law topics as well as author and co-author to several international publications on employment and pension law, such as Practical Law Company handbooks, Global Legal Group legal guides, Getting the Deal Through legal guides, Employment Law in Europe editions of Tottel Publishing, EU & International Employment Law guides of Jordans and International Law Office newsletters.
- Practical Law Global Guide 2018: Employment and Employee Benefits in Finland - Overview
- Practical Law Global Guide 2017: Employee Share Plans in Finland: Regulatory Overview
- The International Comparative Legal Guide to Employment & Labour Law 2015 - Finland Chapter
Representative Work: Seppo advises clients in complex precedent-setting employment law matters, including discrimination and unequal treatment issues, precautionary measures to prohibit illegal strikes, labour unions' liability in illegal strikes, work safety offences, recruitment of new personnel as well as personnel consultation requirements and collective redundancies.
Seppo continuously provides day-to-day employment law advice to, inter alia, GlaxoSmithKline Oy, Capgemini Oy, YIT Corporation, Santen Oy, Finnair Plc, Rexel Finland Oy and Fonecta Ltd.
Seppo is currently advising and assisting Finnair Plc in many precedent-setting cases concerning, among others, the use of precautionary measures to prohibit illegal strikes and thereto related damage claims. He is also currently advising and assisting technology industry companies, including Rautaruukki Plc, Outotec Plc, Patria Plc, Konecranes Plc and Abloy Oy, as well as forest industry companies such as UPM Plc, Stora Enso Plc and Metsäliitto Group in precedent-setting cases regarding criminal and damage claims against labour unions based on illegal strikes.
Seppo has advised and assisted, among others, Finnair Plc, Pöyry Plc and Ashland Finland Oy in complex industrial safety cases. He has also advised and assisted several corporations in individual termination and collective redundancy disputes.
Clients praise his "effectiveness, technical knowledge and client service." – Chambers Europe 2017
The "excellent" Seppo Havia is highly ranked in Chambers Europe 2015.
"Seppo Havia is recognised by sources for deeply investigating cases, being well prepared for court and offering a calm reliability to his clients." – Chambers Europe 2013
Clients describe him as an "approachable lawyer with a calm and confident demeanour." – Chambers Europe 2012
"Seppo Havia is the partner in charge of the practice, and is regarded by sources as "excellent in all ways. Havia is commended for his efficient approach and thorough knowledge of the field."
– Chambers Europe 2011