Mollie Lenihan McGrane

University College Cork

I studied the BCL Clinical programme in University College Cork. This is a four year law degree whereby the third year is spent on placement with a law firm to gain practical legal experience. 

Having spoken to previous students in the years ahead of me who had completed their placement in William Fry, I was convinced that this firm would offer me the best experience in terms of mentorship and having the opportunity to learn from the best the industry has to offer. 

I spent eleven months working in the projects and construction department in William Fry. Whilst knowing very little about the world of construction law, it wasn’t long until I was quoting building regulations and making presentations on new energy rating systems. The team were very inclusive and active in my learning process. The open door policy within the firm meant that I never felt uncomfortable asking questions and an emphasis was put on ensuring that the work I was doing was beneficial to my learning experience. What I enjoyed most about my time working in William Fry was the collegial atmosphere present in the firm, value is placed on team work, especially interdepartmentally. I was fortunate to have been offered a training contract near the end of my placement and I did not hesitate to accept!

I joined the firm in April 2019 and I completed my first rotation in the Health Care team in the Litigation Department. I found the work to be very engaging, fast paced and diverse with no two days the same. My days were spent reviewing medical records, reading expert reports, drafting affidavits and discovery requests and contacting and meeting with barristers at court. A high level of responsibility is entrusted to Trainees in William Fry to facilitate active legal education. It is apparent that at all levels trainees in William Fry are seen as a key component to the firm, 

Changing departments and learning new areas of law from scratch can be challenging, but fortunately there are many supports in place to aid the development and learning process, such as the knowledge team in the library, the knowledge lawyers in each department and the training team. Trainees are encouraged to take ownership of the path their traineeship takes through the opportunity to indicate the departments and areas of law in which they are most interested in.

A good work life balance is central to the ethos at William Fry. The social committee are active in organizing events such as the recent charity lip sync battle, the annual summer and Christmas parties, as well as arranging tickets for concerts, plays and musicals for members of the firm. There are a number of social activities run in the firm such as the book club, the choir, tag rugby and five aside soccer. The highlight for me was traveling to London for the weekend with the firm to attend the England and Wales law society sevens rugby and netball tournament. It was a wonderful opportunity to build relationships with my colleagues outside of work. 

As my traineeship progresses I am confident that my personal legal and professional abilities will continue to develop and grow under the dedicated mentorship I am receiving at William Fry.


"It's obvious that all levels of trainees in William Fry are seen as a key components to the firm."

Mollie Lenihan McGrane

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