Jennifer Dempsey

Insurance (UL, LLB & LLM)



Having graduated with a degree in Law and European Studies from the University of Limerick in 2009, Traineeships were quite difficult to secure so I decided to continue my studies and complete an LLM. After completing my LLM (and five years in college!) I was keen to gain some practical work experience before I commenced my FE-1s. I was offered a place on a graduate programme in a financial services organisation during which time I completed my FE-1’s. Balancing working full time and studying was difficult but being part of a large organisation gave me the impetus to continue my legal studies and focus on securing a Traineeship with a top-tier corporate organisation. 

The William Fry application and interview process left a very positive impression on me and I really felt this was the firm that I wanted to train with. At the drinks reception before the interviews took place I was struck by the effort that senior members of the firm made to mix and speak with candidates which really helped me feel at ease about the impending interview. Furthermore, throughout the process it was clear that Trainees would be provided with top-class training and support during their time with the firm and at this stage of my Traineeship I can say that is certainly the case.

I completed my first rotation in the Banking Department which both complemented my previous experience and allowed me to experience a different side of the financial services industry. I assisted on a number of high-profile transactions and was given responsibility for a wide range of tasks on a number of large financing matters. Since returning from PPC I in April I have been working in the Insurance Department. My work is divided between contentious and non-contentious matters which is engaging, challenging and rewarding. The level of my responsibility and exposure to client matters has exceeded my expectations and I am regularly asked to attend client meetings, deal with client queries and draft a broad variety of legal documents.

On the social side of things there is something for everyone with tag rugby, tennis and the annual rugby 7s tournament in Richmond to name but a few of the activities on offer.  William Fry is the only Irish law firm that enter a team in the England & Wales law society rugby 7s tournament and it makes for a great weekend both for those taking part and the many supporters that attend from the firm each year.

"Being involved in large and varied transactions is both challenging and rewarding and the level of exposure Trainees receive in William Fry guarantees a well-rounded Traineeship."

Jennifer Dempsey

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