Ian Murphy

University College Dublin

I studied Law with Economics in University College Dublin and was given the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at the University of Miami Law School. Gaining an insight into the American legal system along, with my studies of Irish Law and Economics allowed me to be exposed to the global nature of the legal profession and Ireland’s leading role in this regard as a hub for major international organisations. This further cemented my desire to work in a firm that had a global outlook and would be involved with a multitude of both national and international clients and transactions.

I applied for the traineeship programme during my final year of college and was lucky enough to be offered a contract. 

I started in the office in January 2019 and spent eight months as part of the Technology team. The level of responsibility I was given along with the open door policy emphasized the importance William Fry puts on learning and development. I was fortunate enough to be involved in a number of high profile cases involving some of the largest technology companies in the world, along with really exciting start ups in emerging markets. Through my work on the team I got a sense of the real world implications of the work William Fry does, and the feeling of pride and the buzz I got from reading about cases and transactions I worked on in the papers was very encouraging. 

A good work-life balance is at the core of William Fry. Alongside the variety of daily tasks and challenges presented to you as a trainee , the Firm goes above and beyond to organise lots of great events throughout the year including the annual Trainee qualification dinner, the Trainee weekend away, the Christmas party and the summer barbeque. CSR is strongly encouraged with plenty of opportunities for Trainees to get involved from dress down days to charity fun runs such as the Calcutta Run. Through these events I have made some really good friends in William Fry which has made my experience of working here all the better.

For any budding trainee solicitors reading this, one piece of advice I received when I was at your stage is to be yourself, trust yourself and ask as many questions as you can. Life as a trainee solicitor is a constant learning curve and William Fry is second to none in helping you achieve your full potential. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead as a Trainee Solicitor in one of the country's leading Commercial Law Firms

"Life as a trainee solicitor is a constant learning curve and William Fry is second to none in helping you achieve your full potential."

Ian Murphy

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