Adam James Casey
|Job Title:||Trainee Solicitor|
|Trainee Placements:||Property, Corporate, Banking, Employment|
|Qualifications:||Bachelor of Civil Law (Law & Society) (BCL), (Dublin City University) - 2014|
Final Examinations Part I (FE1), Law Society of Ireland - 2015
Latin Legum Magister (Laws) (LL.M), Trinity College Dublin - 2016
Professional Practical Course Part I (PPC1), Law Society of Ireland - 2017/18
|Due to Qualify:||2019|
In June 2016, I was an intern with ByrneWallace as part of their Summer Internship Programme. I believe the people in ByrneWallace really set it apart from other firms and was immediately made to feel welcome and part of the team. For me, ByrneWallace stood out for the genuine interest that is shown in developing trainee solicitors. My placement was in the Property Department and I was given the opportunity to experience first-hand the role and responsibilities of a trainee solicitor. I was impressed that many of the current partners began their careers with ByrneWallace as this further demonstrated that the objective of the firm was not only to mould future legal professionals, but also future leaders of the firm.
At the conclusion of the internship I knew ByrneWallace was the firm for me, and was thrilled when I was later offered a place on the Traineeship Programme. The internship had made my decision an easy one and I began my training in 2017.
Describe the interview process
The first-round interview provided me with the opportunity to speak about myself, my work experience to date and personal interests in an environment more akin to an informal conversation. The atmosphere was friendly and I was impressed by the time and effort my interviewers made in getting to know the person behind the CV.
For the second-round interview, I was asked to make a presentation I had prepared in advance, which was followed by some competency-based questions. This gave me the opportunity to demonstrate my research and public speaking skills as well as my ability to think on my feet. Whilst daunting at the time, I can now see from experience as a trainee solicitor, the benefit of having these skills tested as they are such fundamental aspects to life as a solicitor.
Future at ByrneWallaceI am looking forward to the challenges that the remaining months of my traineeship will offer. Given the variety of litigation-based advice ByrneWallace offers, this exposure to the variety of cases will be just as informative as the transactional based departments I have rotated in before, and will undoubtedly assist me in continuing to develop my professional training.
ByrneWallace operates an open door policy where partners and solicitors are accessible and willing to include trainees in every step of interaction with clients and transactions. By the completion of my traineeship, I am confident that I will have gained vast experience in a wide range of practice areas working alongside, and learning from, experts in one of Ireland’s top law firms.