Katie Ryan

I graduated from University College Dublin in 2012 with a Bachelor of Commerce and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Law in the Dublin Institute of Technology. I was then fortunate enough to be selected to participate in the Eugene F Collins Summer Internship Programme. During the six-week programme I worked in the Dispute Resolution Department and the Property Department. While studying for my FE1 exams I completed a further three-month internship in the Banking department and as a result I secured a training contract with Eugene F. Collins.

I completed my pre PPC1 seat in the Property department, where I had the opportunity to work on a range of property matters from the sale of residential properties to the leasing of commercial units for landlords and tenants. My duties involved drafting, reviewing title documentation and pre-contract and post-completion matters such as first registration applications and stamping deeds. The amount of responsibility I was required to assume made the work challenging but extremely rewarding. I particularly enjoyed the level of client interaction in this seat. I regularly attended client meetings and closings. The open door-policy of the firm was integral to my learning and experience in the department, it was always possible to ask any member of the team a question and they ensured you had the support and guidance necessary to complete the task at hand.

I am currently coming towards the end of my second rotation, during which time I have worked in the firm’s dispute resolution and employment department. The work in the department is fast-paced, interesting and rewarding. The work varies from day to day and I am involved in very interesting tasks, such as corresponding with counsel and clients, attending court, adjudications and client meetings, preparing submissions, drafting agreements and policies, amending documents.

The trainees are also afforded the opportunity to request which department they have a keen interest in and Eugene F Collins seek to accommodate its trainees. There is a real sense of friendship among the trainees and they support and help each other. Eugene F Collins strongly encourage a work life balance with events such as the book club, trainee weekend away, the summer BBQ, volunteering opportunities, the Calcutta run and the walking club.