I completed my undergraduate degree in Commerce and Spanish at University College Dublin followed by a masters of science degree in Ecommerce in Dublin City University before deciding to study law. I worked in an IT startup company and then as an intern in two corporate law firms in Dublin while studying for the FE1s. Having completed my FE1s in 2015, I got a training contract with Eugene F. Collins.
I started my traineeship, prior to attending PPCI, in May 2015 along with 7 other trainees. I undertook my first rotation in Dispute Resolution. This was a great introduction to the legal world and insight into the Court system. I had the opportunity to attend court on a regular basis and meet with clients and barristers. One thing that stands out for me during my time in this department was sitting in on settlement meetings in the Four Courts where our client was extremely satisfied with the outcome of the settlement reached.
My second rotation was in Property. The trainees, particularly in the Property department, are given a lot of responsibility which made for a very busy but very exciting few months. There was never a dull moment in this department. The work ranged from residential property transactions to commercial property transactions and the experience was invaluable. I was lucky to be able to see through several property transactions from beginning to end.
My third rotation was on the Corporate Recovery team within the Dispute Resolution department. As the only trainee on the team I was given a lot of responsibility. I worked on a number of insolvency matters, from corporate receiverships to personal insolvency matters. I was heavily involved in the bringing of attachment and committal proceedings by our client, the receiver, against a number of people who were in breach of a court order which had previously been obtained by our client. I gained a lot of experience interacting closely with clients and barristers and understanding the importance of understanding client needs and expectations.
I am currently completing my final rotation in the Corporate department. The work is very varied, involving assisting on complex corporate transactions as well as assisting with company secretarial work. The department is divided into three teams of very experienced solicitors who each have their own area of expertise. The transactions in the Corporate department are complemented by the other practice areas in the firm and as a trainee the interaction with other departments and teamwork is crucial.
Eugene F. Collins has a great reputation for encouraging a healthy work-life balance and social events are organized regularly, the Christmas Party and the Summer Barbeque being two of the highly anticipated annual events.
People are at the heart of Eugene F. Collins and what the firm does. The firm has an open door policy and successfully balances the fostering of a friendly, positive, encouraging atmosphere in a focused, professional and hardworking environment.
Being a trainee in Eugene F. Collins has been an invaluable experience.