I took a somewhat scenic and non-traditional route to my Traineeship. Following an education at DCU, NUI Galway, and Trinity College Dublin, I qualified as an Attorney in New York and spent the following year working in a law firm in Chicago. Following that, I was working as Press & Public Affairs with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Boston when I interviewed with William Fry and was delighted to receive the opportunity to train with such a prestigious firm. Throughout the interview process I found people to be helpful, welcoming and down to earth and this was a huge draw in my decision to return and train as a Solicitor in Dublin.
Pre-PPC I, I spent 8 months working with the Clinical Advisory and Media team in the Litigation Department where I was privileged to work on a number of high-profile cases. What struck me was not only the sense of camaraderie and teamwork but the desire of experts in the field to share their knowledge and mentor Trainees through every aspect of their work. Trainees’ responsibilities range from meeting with clients and drafting pleadings to attending on the High and Supreme Courts.
Since returning from PPC I in April, I have been working in the Asset Management & Investment Funds Department and so far I have found that it offers Trainees an opportunity to work with leaders in the area with work varying from attending on client meetings, drafting documents on behalf of other Solicitors and researching various aspects of Investment Funds’ Law.
The Traineeship programme offers an opportunity to engage in stimulating work in a challenging environment whilst still allowing Trainees to maintain a work-life balance. As well as continuing to play Senior Football with my club during the course of my Traineeship I also play with the firm’s tag rugby team and last September I travelled to London with the Firms’ Sevens Rugby team to play in the annual English Law Society Richmond Sevens.