Meet Clare McCourt – Trainee Solicitor, Dublin

I saw the Pinsent Masons trainee programme advertised online and was attracted to them because they are international, full service and have a great reputation. I knew that if I could get a foot in the door and a feel for working in an international firm, I could hopefully also get a training contract. They were new to the Irish market at that time and seemed both innovative and forward-thinking.

I joined in October 2018 and my first impressions were very positive. I was really impressed by how they work in an agile way, allowing everyone to feel equal and involved. My role as Legal Executive/Legal PA is a hybrid and has given me great experience while I completed my FE1s. I’ve put into practice my legal skills from my law masters and previous work experience, completing legal tasks like research, drafting court documents and managing court filings.

I’ve also worked on a wide variety of litigation cases, including things such as data breaches, contract breaches, intellectual property, commercial matters, regulatory matters and debt recovery. I’ve really enjoyed attending court with the rest of the team when our cases are being heard and attending client meetings with solicitors.

After six months, I got what I’d hoped for: a training contract offer and I joined the trainee programme in September 2019.

It’s a great culture – a happy and refreshing place to work. Everyone is approachable and always willing to provide assistance. I’ve made long term friends here in Dublin and around the world. As they say, the people make the place and our office is also very sociable. Our social committee plans regular events. We usually stay for a drink in the office on a Friday which is a great way of getting to know people in other departments.

Describe Pinsent Masons in three words? Easy! It’s approachable, bold and connected.

Clare McCourt
Trainee Solicitor, Dublin