Killian Maher (TCD, BA (Mod); QUB, MSc)
"The level of trust and responsibility given to Trainees in William Fry demonstrates very strongly the value placed on us by the Firm"
Taking a less than traditional route to becoming a Solicitor I studied science in Trinity College Dublin with a specialisation in zoology and then got a Masters in environmental management from Queen's University Belfast. In my final years in college I developed an interest in law and subsequently decided to test the water by doing the FE-1s while working as a Recruitment Consultant.
In 2013 I took a sabbatical from work to do an Internship in William Fry which was in part to be sure that a career as a Solicitor was the right path for me and in part to get more law on my CV. My Internship was in the Projects and Construction Department and I quickly realised that Law was the career for me and that William Fry was my Firm of choice.
I started my Traineeship pre-Blackhall in the Real Estate Department where the work gave me a fantastic overview of property transactions and a good insight into the sector. I got the opportunity to work on exceptionally high profile transactions gaining a broad range of experience from meeting clients to drafting deeds.
After my rotation in Real Estate I went to Blackhall where I found the practical experience I had gained invaluable and since returning from Blackhall I have been working in Asset Management and Investment Funds. The work is extremely varied from completing large transactions to providing regulatory advice to clients.
Throughout my Traineeship I have felt the level of trust and responsibility given to Trainees in William Fry demonstrates very strongly the value placed on us by the Firm. I have also found that everyone is very willing to share their experience and knowledge to ensure you have not only the information required to do the work but the context of why you are doing it. Working in William Fry means working with Solicitors who are leaders in their sector and profession and this, from a learning perspective, is exactly what you want from a Traineeship.
For me, sports and social activities are an important part of life in William Fry and they contribute to making it an exciting place to work. There are tag rugby and football teams as well as an annual trip to Richmond in London to play the England and Wales law society rugby sevens tournament against law firms from the UK. The trip to Richmond provides a unique opportunity to meet peers from London firms and is a great chance to catch up with friends who are working in our London office. The social element in the Firm is also very enjoyable and there are constant events planned throughout the year.