Colin Russell

Trinity College

I completed my LL.B. and LL.M. in European and International Intellectual Property in Trinity College, Dublin.
 
I was almost certain William Fry was the firm for me prior to my application. Besides from being a leading top-tier commercial law firm, the firm is well renowned for its work culture. From speaking with a friend, who was a trainee at the time, I knew the firm offered trainees a high degree of autonomy, support and education as well as a great social life. 
 
The interviews seemed to assess the calibre of the candidate in terms of working ability as well as the type of person the individual was. Personally, I found that the interviewers were extremely interested to get to know me as an individual rather than follow a rigid checklist. This contributes to creating an unmatched welcoming culture within the firm. 
 
Prior to attending the Law Society, I undertook a pre-seat with the Commercial Litigation team. During my rotation I was constantly given new tasks, a wide variety of matters to work on and insightful feedback. I was fortunate to work on matters for numerous high-profile clients. I regularly helped the team prepare for and attended the commercial high court, client meetings, mediations, settlement talks and much more. 
 
Within my first month of working for William Fry, it was clear that the firm invests heavily in the welfare and development of their personnel, with a focus on developing trainees into their partners of the future. The combination of the fast-paced environment, support and level of responsibility given to trainees truly fosters rapid growth and development. The Librarians, Knowledge Lawyers and the Learning and Development team are consistently educating trainees to ensure we have the relevant skills and knowledge to undertake all assigned tasks. Most importantly the firm operates an open-door policy and there is a comradery amongst colleagues across all levels of seniority.
 
The firm offers excellent facilities and services to look after the welfare of their personnel. The gym, shower facilities (including a towel service), bike racks, dry cleaning service, canteen and the baristas are just some of facilities I use on a regular basis.
 
Importantly, there is a great social life within the firm. There is an array of events ran on an intake, team, departmental and firm wide level by the social committee and the trainee committee. The trainee committee organises events such as a trip away during the year for all trainee intakes which are always fun and a great way to get to know the other intakes. 
 
I would highly recommend William Fry to anyone wishing to pursue a successful and rewarding career in law.

 

"The firm is heavily engaged in CSR activities and is extremely generous in sponsoring charitable endeavors."

Colin Russell

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