Patrick Murphy (UL, BA; UCD, MCL)
"William Fry encourages development by, on the one hand exposing Trainees to high quality work and invaluable interaction with clients and on the other, providing a structured Learning and Development Programme and ongoing support and training from Fee Earners".
I studied History and Irish at the University of Limerick and soon learnt that the skills I had developed were transferable to a career in law. With that in mind I completed the two-year Masters of Common Law at UCD before doing my FE-1s.
I am currently on my first rotation in the Litigation Department and one of the major highlights thus far was being involved in an eCourt pilot for a Supreme Court appeal. Rather than printing numerous copies of the books for the appeal we prepared the books electronically and submitted a usb to the Supreme Court to upload the books onto tablets. The barrister then used the tablets to make oral submissions to the court. This was the first time tablets had been used in the Supreme Court and William Fry's participation fits well with its award of "Ireland's Most Innovative Firm", as granted by the Financial Times in 2015.
Other major highlights have been attending the mediation for a cross-jurisdictional Commercial Court dispute which settled after 10 hours of negotiations, attending separate contentious negotiations in the same dispute and attending settlement negotiations for a Circuit Court debt dispute. I also attended the Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court for a number of trials and regularly attend the Motions List of the Commercial Court on watching briefs.
William Fry encourages development by, on the one hand, exposing Trainees to high quality work and invaluable interaction with clients and on the other, providing a structured Learning and Development Programme and ongoing informal support and training from Fee Earners.
William Fry also encourages each Trainee group to form strong friendships within and outside the office and the annual Trainee weekend away, tag rugby, Solicitors' Soccer League and regular social events create good morale and encourage co-operation between us. We regularly bounce ideas off each other and review each other's work before presenting it to Solicitors and a major advantage of working closely with other Trainees in William Fry is that you are building your future professional network.
My personal sporting passion is playing hurling which I play at a high level for my club Nenagh Eire Og and the people in the Firm go out of their way to encourage me to maintain a work-life balance. The fantastic facilities in our new office make it easy to come in early, do a gym session in the William Fry gym and shower before work. The Firm also offers facilities such as a daily towel service and discounted dry cleaning so on every level it’s a great place to work.