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Lorna Verdon

Job Title:Trainee Solicitor
Trainee Placements:Property
Qualifications:BA (Music and Politics) - 2012
Masters in Common Law – UCD - 2014
FE1s - 2017
Due to Qualify:2020

Why ByrneWallace?

As one of Ireland’s top law firms, ByrneWallace was always on my radar, but it was during the application process that I realised it would be the perfect fit. ByrneWallace is an ambitious firm with a strong client focus and this ethos came across strongly from the partners and employees I met during the interview process.

We were told that trainee solicitors play an important role in representing the firm and I have found this to be the case from the outset - within a few weeks of starting my traineeship, I was encouraged to take part in client events, including our “Opportunity Economy Ireland: Pathway to 2040” event at the Mansion House, in which An Taoiseach provided the keynote address. It was an amazing experience as a new trainee solicitor to gain exposure to business development and networking from such an early stage. From my initial application through to finishing my second rotation, I have been impressed by the truly collegial atmosphere around the office, particularly evidenced by the open plan setting and the approachable nature of everyone in the firm.

Describe your rotations to date

Prior to commencing PPC1, I spent five months in the Property Department and the experience which I gained in such a short time was second to none. I was involved in multiple projects and transactions at once, ranging from a residential purchase for a private client to a multi-million euro developer sale. As the largest department in the firm, the work in property is fast-paced but there is great support from everyone in the department. My regular tasks included drafting deeds and declarations, attending closings and client meetings, and conducting research for partners and fee earners. 

On my return from Blackhall, I joined the Commercial Litigation team where I was exposed to contentious and advisory work in areas such as regulatory law, corporate restructuring and insolvency, personal injury, defamation and data protection. I was at the Four Courts on a near-daily basis, from filing pleadings in the various court offices to attending on counsel in the High Court to even shadowing solicitors at settlement negotiations - no two days were ever the same.

As a trainee solicitor you are required to work on your own initiative and think on your feet, but the support you receive during your rotation will soon make this second nature. There is a strong emphasis on continuous learning and knowledge development and every trainee solicitor is given the opportunity to research and present to their departments at monthly legal update meetings. Although the prospect of speaking before your colleagues can be daunting, the experience is overwhelmingly positive and is excellent practice for a future solicitor! 

Future at ByrneWallace

As I have now finished two rotations, I am looking ahead to PPC2 and the areas of law which I have yet to gain experience in before qualification. As ByrneWallace is a full service firm, it offers trainee solicitors a wide-range of practice areas in which to complete their rotations, with the opportunity to work on projects with dedicated specialist teams, while also gaining an understanding of general commercial practice. ByrneWallace is ranked as a top tier firm for Healthcare Law by Legal 500 and, having recently commenced my third rotation in the Healthcare department, I am excited to experience a totally new area of law, and to get the chance to learn from such a reputable team.