I graduated in 2018 from Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor of Law and joined Eugene F Collins (EFC) on the internship programme that summer.
Upon completion of the programme, I was delighted to be offered a traineeship with EFC.
I first heard of EFC through their partnership with the Trinity Access Programme (TAP), which I was part of while studying at Trinity. TAP aims to widen access and participation at third level of under-represented groups. EFC’s collaboration with TAP demonstrated an unyielding commitment to the Programme’s ethos. The inclusive nature of the firm has made it a much smoother transition from college student, to intern to trainee solicitor.
I am currently a trainee in the Dispute Resolution department, which has provided me with excellent insight into the work of a litigation solicitor. The areas of dispute resolution practiced at EFC varies, from commercial litigation, employment, immigration, and insolvency, so no two days are the same.
As a trainee at EFC, you are given a lot of responsibility from day one, and this was apparent to me as I transitioned from an intern to a trainee. However, you are also provided with the necessary support and guidance to ensure that your training experience is of the highest quality. The team at EFC are extremely approachable and there is a sense of collegiality across the board.
Covid-19 has turned life upside down and everyone has had to adapt to the ‘new normal’. At EFC, we have been able to keep our traineeship on course due to the flexibility of the team. The firm has facilitated remote learning opportunities, including presentations and workshops and virtual coffees with staff members across the firm have been a fantastic way to stay connected during this time.
Our partnership with national charities such as Aware and The Irish Hospice Foundation have allowed us to engage with important issues in our community. Fundraising events organised by the firm, such as the spinathon have always been very successful and we have had great fun participating along the way.