John Sugrue

Technology (UCC, BCL & LLB)

My route to William Fry began in Cork. Towards the end of my four years there, I began looking at traineeship opportunities and checking out what the large Dublin firms had to offer. From the outset, the open and genuine approach of the people representing William Fry at milkrounds and careers fairs set the firm apart. That William Fry approach was evident again and again, from the application process, to interviews and right through to working in the office.

My first stint in the office came through the Summer Internship Programme just after I finished in UCC. I spent a month in the Asset Management & Investment Funds department and loved it. I later returned to the Firm as a paralegal, first in the Banking & Financial Services department and then in Litigation. Both were fantastic learning experiences and, together, they confirmed that a Traineeship at William Fry was for me. 

I started my Traineeship on the Law Society’s Professional Practice Course in Blackhall Place. Beforehand, the Firm organised a get-together in the office for all the Trainees to get to know each other. Again, it was clear from the get-go that William Fry had brought together a great, genuine bunch of people and having that fantastic peer group heading in to Blackhall made it all the more enjoyable.

Since returning from Blackhall, I have been assigned to the Technology team. The work here is as challenging as it is diverse and covers data protection, intellectual property, commercial contracts and everything in between. Whether registering a trade mark, reviewing a website’s privacy policy or drawing up a developer agreement for a new mobile app, the work is always interesting and I would highly recommend it.

Having worked in four different departments, I can safely say that the Firm’s client-base is impressively broad and the work it does immeasurably varied. What remains constant is that the people are friendly, the work in interesting and challenging and the Firm supports you in every way possible throughout.

"What remains constant as a Trainee is that the people are friendly, the work is interesting and challenging and William Fry supports you in every way possible throughout."

John Sugrue

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