ByrneWallace LLP Tamoor Barlas
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Tamoor Barlas

Job Title:Trainee Solicitor
Trainee Placements:Property, Corporate
Qualifications:Bachelor of Business & Law UCD)
Due to Qualify:2024

Why ByrneWallace LLP?

I was drawn to ByrneWallace LLP because of the friendly environment that was represented at their Insight Evening. At first, I was unsure of what to expect, but upon arriving, I was received by welcoming and friendly receptionists which left a lasting impression. At the event itself, I had the opportunity to meet lawyers of all levels, this was refreshing as it gave me insight into the different personalities and backgrounds we have here and allowed me to decide whether this was the right firm for me. 

The interview process was intense but extremely enjoyable because I was able to show different facets of who I am. More importantly, it showed that the firm was interested in getting to know me beyond my academic transcript. The firm wanted to explore my way of thinking, how I consider commercial matters, what I thought about the future of law, and other deep issues, enabling to show more of myself. 

Since starting my training contract, I have noticed my peers and colleagues have a very strong stance on promoting the firm’s values which is remarkable. There is a huge culture of care and collaboration – everyone is driven, responsible and takes ownership of what they are doing. It is a great feeling to be challenged yet well supported – ByrneWallace LLP creates such an environment and a great place to work.  

Describe your rotations to date

There is great consistency in my training: the level of supervision and trust my seniors have given me, the constant feedback on all tasks (no matter how big or small) and the knowledge that people here have and are wiling to share! Prior to starting PPCI, I was in the Property Department where I had a lot to learn, not just the technical legal skills but also things like adjusting to work life, the firm’s culture, and the day-to-day tasks of a junior lawyer. 

On my return from Blackhall, I joined the Corporate Department where I was involved in multiple transactions from the get-go ranging from cross-border mergers to equity investments for a large life sciences company. The work in corporate is extremely face-paced and organisation is absolutely essential. My regular tasks included drafting subscription letters and deed of adherences, attending closings and client meetings, and conducting research for partners and fee earners. 

The work throughout my training so far has been complex and challenging at times and I am constantly surprised by the learning curve. The programme here doesn’t just give you the technical training, it also builds your confidence and wider skillset so you can become a commercially minded legal advisor. 

Future at ByrneWallace LLP

My time in corporate is over in early September so I hope to learn as much as I can because it is an area, I am interested in. During my next seat, I will keep the momentum going by developing my competencies further as a trainee solicitor.