Walkers Ireland Trainee Solicitors Describe Their Early Career At Walkers (Part Two)

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​As Walkers Ireland is looking to recruit for the 2017 Trainee Programme we thought it a good idea to ask the current trainees about their experiences at Walkers so far. (Part two of two, part one can be found here).

Name: Ruth Hennessy

Trainee Solicitor at Walkers BCL, University College Dublin LLM, Queen Mary, University of London

What attracted you to Walkers?

When I decided to make the move back to Dublin after working in London for a number of years, Walkers was a natural fit for me because of its reputation in financial services, an area that I want to specialise in.

The Interview Process

The application process was by way of an application form which I submitted and was followed by two interviews. My first interview was with two partners, and my second was with the Managing Partner and an Of Counsel. At the time, this seemed incredibly daunting but really was just a get-to-know-you style chat!

My Walkers experience so far

All of the trainees receive lots of on the job training and regularly attend seminars given by lawyers in the firm so I feel that I have learnt huge amount in a short space of time. The "buddy system" has helped all of the trainees settle in to life as part of Walkers Ireland - the entire team is very supportive and always ready to listen; there is no such thing as a stupid question!

I was delighted to be able to do a pre-PPC 1 seat in the investment funds department. To date, I have been involved in some really interesting tasks including dealing directly with clients, fund service providers and directors, drafting and amending fund documentation, filing documents with the Central Bank, completing Central Bank application forms and attending board meetings.

It's not all work and no play! In terms of the social side of things, there are regular trainee nights out, as well as quiz nights, wine tastings, summer barbeques, monthly socials in the boardroom, birthday cakes and ice cream afternoons!

Name: Claire O'Loughlin

Trainee Solicitor at Walkers BA, NUI Galway LLB, NUI Galway LLM, University College Dublin

What attracted you to Walkers?

Walkers have an excellent reputation, represent high profile clients and deliver the highest standards of...

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