Trainee profiles

Trainee Profiles

Trainee Profile - Elaine Cummins

Having completed a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree in DCU, I joined Dillon Eustace in 2010 and worked in the Company Secretarial team while completing my FE-1s exams. I secured my training contract in 2013 and have since completed both PPCI and PPCII and undertaken rotations in the Litigation, Asset Management and Investment Funds, and the Banking and Capital Markets teams.

I was also lucky enough to go on a seven-month secondment to one of the firm’s largest funds clients in London. I worked alongside the in-house legal counsel and gained invaluable experience in the financial services industry.

Now qualified, I am currently working in the Banking and Capital Markets team which handles a variety of securitisation, structured finance and debt capital markets transactions. As a Banking trainee, there is a large amount of interaction with other practice areas, including the Corporate, Property, Tax and Insolvency teams. The work is largely transactional and I have found it to be extremely interesting. There is a real sense of teamwork and collegiality in the team from the moment you join which makes it a really enjoyable and supportive place to work.

The open door policy and friendly, approachable nature of all staff, from junior solicitors to partners, together with the firm’s commitment to providing trainees with high quality training is what attracted me to Dillon Eustace. As well as the formal training seminars covering a wide variety of legal areas, trainees also receive departmental training during each rotation which focuses on the specific knowledge and skills required for that practice area. As you develop and gain more experience in each practice area, you are afforded more responsibility and encouraged to take ownership of your work.

There is also a fantastic social scene with a variety of activities organised by the social committee throughout the year. Social committee outings, summer BBQ, trainee weekend away, tag rugby, soccer, and the Christmas party are a great way to meet people from different parts of the firm.

Trainee Profile - Daniel Clifford

I graduated from Business and Law at UCD and secured my training contract with Dillon Eustace in 2015. Since then, I have completed PPCI and I am currently in my second rotation, in the Commercial Litigation team.

I have always had a particular interest in the commercial and financial services aspects of law. So, when deciding to pursue a career in law, I knew I wanted to work in a large corporate law firm.

Dillon Eustace has one of the largest Financial Services legal practices in Ireland, serving clients across a whole range of activities worldwide, so it is a firm that has allowed me to further my interests.

From my initial impressions during the interview process and now from my experiences within the office, I am convinced that it is the people within Dillon Eustace which set it apart from any other firm. The friendly and personable culture is what convinced me that Dillon Eustace was the right fit for me.

As a Commercial Litigation trainee, the work is varied and challenging. It includes sitting in on client meetings, attending court, conducting research, document drafting and corresponding directly with clients. Exposure to such a variety of work has enhanced my time management, attention to detail and communication skills. I have also completed a rotation in the Asset Management and Investment Funds team and will have two further rotations before completing my traineeship.

Trainees and employees are encouraged to maintain a healthy work-life balance and our sports and social committee organises regular events such as “Murder Mystery” and “Chef’s Idol” as well as the annual Christmas party and summer BBQ.

The Dillon Eustace sports teams play regularly and, being an active person, these are great outlets to keep fit while working in the challenging legal environment.