Career Progression | From Trainee to Partner

Our Trainee Solicitor Programme is an investment in your future and in the future of Dillon Eustace LLP. It is an integral part of the firm’s ongoing recruitment, so we aim to retain as many of our high-performing Trainees as possible. Our firm includes partners and senior associates who started their careers as Dillon Eustace Trainees and are continuing to build successful careers with us.

Cillian Bredin, Partner | Asset Management & Investment Funds

Education: Trinity College Dublin

I studied Law and German in Trinity College Dublin, graduated in 2004 and joined Dillon Eustace as a trainee in 2005. I qualified in 2008 and became a partner in the Asset Management and Investment Funds department in 2015. My client base is made up mostly of international asset managers from the UK, North America, mainland Europe and as far away as Australia.

During my numerous rotations as a trainee I was exposed to various departments within the firm, however there was never any doubt (in my mind at least!) that I would qualify into investment funds.

Dillon Eustace are the market leaders in funds and the firm has always been at the cutting edge of the funds industry in Ireland offering clients practical, commercial and solution driven advice along with a service tailored to each client’s individual needs. I am proud to be a part of that.

The funds industry has gone through huge change, which means you need get up to speed on changes very quickly so you can advise clients how any updates impact them. This can be challenging at times due to the pace and volume of changes however it ensures you continue to learn and develop which is very rewarding.

I was one of a group of 15 trainees and thoroughly enjoyed that time in my life and career. Our intake was a tight knit group and continues to be and I think that is testament to the relaxed and collegiate culture which permeates through the firm. I have been lucky enough to be seconded to the legal department of a large US asset manager client based in London as well carrying out a secondment to the Dillon Eustace, Cayman Islands office, which provided me with great opportunities for learning.

Having worked with partners and solicitors who mentored and invested their time in me, doing the same for trainees and more junior members is very important to both me and the firm.

“Every trainee is a potential future partner.”

There is a huge amount of organic growth within the firm with many of the current partners having joined as trainees. As a trainee in Dillon Eustace, you are given every opportunity to realise your full potential and to become equipped with every skill to make that progression.