Laura Cawley (TCD, LLB)
"The international work and the calibre of clients is a particularly strong reason to choose William Fry."
I graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Law. After spending some time gaining work experience in international business and trade in Boston and the Netherlands, I returned to Ireland and began the interview process with William Fry.
My first impressions of William Fry were overwhelmingly positive. The first step in the interview process is an informal drinks reception held the evening before the first interview. When I arrived I was greeted by friendly faces who welcomed me and introduced me to the Partners who I would meet again at interview. I remember being struck by the fact that everybody I came across, from Partners to Trainees, was delighted to meet me and genuinely interested in who I was and where I was coming from. It was a refreshing change from the pressure to impress or 'be noticed' that can often manifest itself on occasions such as these. Now when attending the interviewee drinks receptions as a current Trainee, we are all excited to meet our future prospective colleagues, to find out more about them and to help them feel at ease any way we can – we all remember what it was like!
I began my Traineeship, with a rotation with the Medical Negligence Litigation team. From the outset, the Partners involved me in a wide variety of matters and really made me feel welcome and valued. It was immediately clear that the focus and time put into learning and development by the Partners and Associates in William Fry is next to none.
Following PPC I at Blackhall Place, I was lucky enough to go on secondment to the London office as a Corporate Trainee. As you can imagine, moving to London to work and live was a huge change. William Fry really pulled out all the stops in helping me make the move – from arranging my flights, setting me up in a fabulous apartment in the City within walking distance of the office to arranging a welcome lunch on day one to meet the London team. Working in the London Office was a truly unique experience in that I had the opportunity to work exclusively with Partners and gain exposure to matters at a high level. The day–to-day work was a mix of typical Corporate Trainee tasks and Business Development. I was strongly encouraged to attend all sorts of networking and Business Development events including gala dinners and client hospitality evenings. My time in London gave me a heightened awareness of client needs and expectations and the mechanics of the City of London as a financial hub.
On my return to the Dublin office I did a rotation in Projects and Construction and I am currently in my final rotation in Banking & Finance. As my skills and confidence have grown so too has the calibre of work and level of responsibility I have been given. There has consistently been a strong focus on training, both through formal training sessions and on-the-job coaching and mentoring. The other thing I find great is that everybody always has time for even the most basic questions (of which I have many!)