Catherine Williams

Maynooth University

I studied Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Maynooth University. In 2016 I participated in William Fry’s summer internship programme and spent a month in the firm’s Insolvency Litigation department. The opportunity to see the application of fundamental legal principles learned at university, in a professional context, was invaluable. During my internship I was particularly impressed by the active role interns and trainees play in the firm. Our input was valued and we were made feel like active members of the team. At the end of the internship I was delighted to be offered a training contract with William Fry. 

William Fry was incredibly accommodating by facilitating a 2019 start date, which allowed me to complete my masters and travel prior to starting my training contract. 

I began my Traineeship with a nine month rotation in the Insolvency Litigation department. I thoroughly enjoyed this seat, it was an amazing opportunity to learn about the court system in practice. Day to day tasks of a trainee in Insolvency Litigation include assisting in the drafting of legal documents; taking watching briefs in court; completing research tasks and drafting articles. 

In my experience the quality of work given to trainees can be challenging but rewarding. There are many supports in place to assist trainees completing tasks, and to help with our professional development during our training contract. 

The Learning and Development team also plays a very significant role in supporting trainees by organising many informational sessions, including both department specific information and general legal knowledge training. These training sessions were essential at the start of the training contract in particular as they gave great guidance on how to go about many of the typical tasks assigned to trainees. 

A healthy worklife balance is encouraged by William Fry. The firm has excellent health and fitness facilities, such as the 24 hour gym and changing rooms which provide the opportunity to get a workout in before or after work. There is also secure bicycle storage for those who cycle. The Corporate Social Responsibility programme at William Fry is involved in many charitable endeavours including many races. I particularly enjoyed the Calcutta run and the Pride run, both of which were fun events for great causes. 

The Trainee Committee organises many events including the Qualification Dinner; the Trainee Christmas Dinner; the Trainee weekend away; and much more. William Fry’s lively Social Committee also plans many brilliant events of which my personal favourite have been the Summer BBQ and the Christmas Party. 

The social life at William Fry provides excellent opportunities to mix with colleagues at all levels. There is something for everyone to get involved in - from the book club, the William Fry choir ‘Scales of Justice’ and the tag rugby team which participates in several leagues throughout the year. A personal highlight for me was going to Richmond in September to play in the Netball Tournament. This was a great weekend and a fantastic opportunity to network both with colleagues in William Fry, and with Welsh and English law firms.  Such events help create a strong collegial atmosphere in the firm, which feeds back to a positive working environment in the office.  

"The library team is incredibly helpful and an invaluable resource to trainees."

Catherine Williams

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