After graduating from University College Dublin in 2016 with a Bachelor of Civil Law and completing the FE1 exams, I worked as a paralegal and an intern in two commercial law firms in Dublin. Following the milk round applications, I was fortunate enough to secure a traineeship with Eugene F. Collins.
My post-PPC1, and current rotation, is within the firm’s Dispute Resolution department. This department is extremely fast-paced and interesting as no two days are the same. I work on a variety of matters including debt recovery proceedings, family law matters, property disputes and defamation claims, to name but a few. My tasks include drafting documents, liaising with clients and counsel, preparing briefs and attending court.
My time in the Dispute Resolution department has been extremely challenging and rewarding and it has provided me with a fantastic insight into the work of a litigation solicitor. The team are extremely approachable, and, with the assistance of my training solicitors, I have developed my communication, research and problem-solving skills.
Eugene F. Collins possesses an unparalleled sense of collegiality, the open-door policy in the firm is second-to-none and Partners and Associates alike always take the time to explain each element of a project which is extremely important for developing a trainee’s legal knowledge and skills. The firm also provides briefings and workshops on legal developments and soft skills training sessions. For example, as part of the Trainee Development Programme, trainees are required to present on a current legal issue. This allows us to develop our research and presentation skills and often triggers a keen interest in specialised areas of law.
Eugene F. Collins has an excellent Corporate Responsibility Programme which enables us to engage with important national charities which has a positive impact on our community and within our own firm as we often have great fun along the way. The firm also has a Green Committee which I am a member of. We meet regularly and put initiatives in place so that we can help improve the environment.