Andrew O’Neill

Having completed a LLB degree at Technological University Dublin in 2018, I joined the summer internship programme at Eugene F Collins (EFC).

During the internship, I completed two rotations, one in Commercial Property and the other in Dispute Resolution. The friendly and personable culture is what convinced me that EFC was right for me, and shortly after the internship finished, I applied to the EFC trainee programme and was delighted to accept a place.

I recently completed a rotation in the Corporate department. I found the work challenging and diverse and it included attending client meetings, attending the CRO, conducting research, drafting documents and corresponding directly with clients. I also assisted the company secretarial team with various corporate governance matters. Exposure to such a variety of work has not only enhanced my development but also my understanding of the legal sector.

The EFC traineeship consists of four rotations in total, each in a different department of the firm. This approach will allow me to get a feel for what area of law I hope to practice in upon qualification as a solicitor.

The firm places a large emphasis on work life balance. Social events are also organised on a regular basis, creating opportunities to meet people across the firm.

There is a strong focus on team work at EFC. With the firm’s open door policy, you never feel like you are on your own. I can go to any solicitor, associate or partner and they will point me in the right direction. This kind of encouragement is invaluable in supporting trainees in their path to qualifying as successful solicitors.