Our trainee solicitors are at the heart of the firm’s sports and social activities which are organised on a regular basis by our Sports & Social Committee. Events include our annual themed BBQs and Christmas parties. We have a strong sporting culture with staff participating and representing the firm in activities such as tag rugby, football, golf and tennis tournaments. Not only do these activities help our trainee solicitors make the transition from academic life to the practical side of law and business, they also help them develop friendships and relationships with colleagues from across the firm. Building relationships and teamwork is something that we really value as a firm.
Our trainee solicitors also play a significant and valuable part in our Corporate Responsibility Programme which is employee-led and based on a number of elements, including pro bono work, local involvement and volunteerism. Everybody in the firm, including trainee solicitors, are encouraged and supported to participate in a range of initiatives and community-based projects which focus on the issues associated with homelessness, and promoting children’s education and well-being.
One of these initiatives is the Solas Project - an organisation which works to equip and empower young people who may experience a socio-economic and/or educational disadvantage to reach their full potential and participate fully in society regardless of their background. Staff have been actively involved in the Annual Tag Rugby Blitz – involving over 400 children and 90 volunteers; college tours – introducing primary students to the idea of third-level education; the Solas ‘Think Tank’ – contributing ideas and solutions to address social issues and help shape the agenda of the Solas Project; and the a Dragons Den style Solas@School Business project which helps children develop innovative business ideas.
We have also developed a Well-Being Programme which includes fitness boot-camps, pilates classes, workshops on mindfulness, nutrition and healthy eating. We encourage our trainee solicitors to fully participate in these programmes so that they will learn to develop good work life balance habits early in their careers which will support them in their professional development.