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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 first 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 have spent five months in the Property Department and the experience which I have gained in such a short time is second to none. I have been 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 is fast-paced and no two days are the same. My regular tasks include drafting deeds and declarations, attending closings and client meetings, and conducting research for partners and fee earners.

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 the department at the monthly property 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 finish my first rotation, I am looking ahead to Blackhall and the areas of law which I hope to gain experience in post-PPC1. 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, as this is where my interests currently lie, I look forward to possibly completing a rotation in this area.