Our associate lawyers are the bedrock of our business. This law firm is a people business, and developing our associates is fundamental to what we do. The importance of continuous training, career development, exceptional quality of work and team support are all essential.
Over the course of the next few pages you can explore what working as an associate in our firm entails. We describe the daily lifestyle and working environment of our associates, provide stories from various associates in different practices, detail the skill set we look for and give real-life examples of the type of career progression opportunities found here. When you browse through these pages, you will see for yourself the diversity and in-depth strength that Arthur Cox has to offer.
We are currently recruiting for the following positions:
- Environment Associate 2+ years PQE
- Insurance Associate 2+ years PQE
- Property Associate 1+ years PQE
- Competition & Regulated Markets Associate 2+ years PQE
- Funds Associate NQ+
- Finance Associate 1+ years PQE
- Funds Company Secretary
To find out more about these roles, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arthur Cox offers an outstanding working environment which is we believe unsurpassed by any other law firm in Ireland.
Each department is organised into various practice groups, comprising of several partners and a team of associates. There is a strong work ethic led by partners who have the entrepreneurial skills to follow and pursue a different path, the collegiality to form lasting client relationships and the common sense and dedication to provide the most valuable business advice. The work is of the highest quality and challenging at all levels, ensuring that learning opportunities arise daily, while providing the client with the most practical, innovative and timely legal advice to support their business aims.
In addition to the daily learning experiences, practice groups meet for regular departmental meetings during which everyone from partner to trainee discusses their interpretation, understanding and application of specific aspects of the law. These meetings are always conducted in an open and discursive environment. As the partners who lead these discussions are also Ireland’s leading experts in their chosen fields, the meetings become excellent professional development opportunities.
Arthur Cox has a collegial working atmosphere in which strong friendships and networks exist amongst all levels of associates. This is actively encouraged both within practice groups and across the firm as a whole, both of which are led and organised by the partners, who value this interaction significantly. No opportunity to mark a celebratory event is missed.
This combination of quality work, an extremely knowledgeable, hardworking and supportive partnership and a collegial working environment is what makes Arthur Cox special.
The partners in Arthur Cox firmly believe that people enjoy their careers best when they get on well with colleagues and get appreciated for all their hard work. People in Arthur Cox enjoy life outside the office just as much as legal results achieved within the office. Consequently, there is a lively sports and social scene that has grown up around our firm with great opportunities for social events both on a casual and organised basis. Organised events are arranged throughout the year to encourage people to get to know each other outside the work environment. These include comedy nights, wine tasting, greyhound racing, summer barbeques and the Christmas party. Each practice group also does their own socialising to make sure that you get to know everyone within your work team on a more personal level.
Organised sporting activities include golf outings, tennis tournaments, tag-rugby, 5-aside soccer and fielding a team for the inter-firm soccer league. We also receive reduced rate membership at a number of sports clubs. Other social initiatives, from yoga classes to staging plays, have been popular over the years. We also organise events aimed specifically at those with families and young children.
Organised events are not nearly as important as informal events, which take place on a daily basis and result in strong relationships and friendships being formed across all departments of the firm. You will find these in plentiful supply across every floor and corner of our building and they spread out into the nearby restaurants, coffee shops and parks during lunchtimes and after office hours.
A few of our Associates outline their careers to date and experiences at Arthur Cox…
What We Look For
At Arthur Cox we value the diversity and individuality of our people. There is no Arthur Cox type, but there are qualities and experiences that we look for.
Arthur Cox is renowned for its flexible structure. There are no layers or grades – just successful people who work together.
Arthur Cox is also special because the number of partners exceeds that of any other law firm in Ireland. Over the last five years, our Partnership has more than doubled in size, a figure that illustrates our success and growth and also our determination to reward the career aspirations of our ambitious and talented people.
Our firm will satisfy your career aspirations if you have an entrepreneurial disposition and if you wish to have the freedom to set up your own area of expertise here in Ireland. Alternatively, if you have an excellence of professional practice in a more mainstream area of law and you can naturally secure outstanding independent client relationships, you will also be successful.
Life in Dublin
As Ireland’s capital city, Dublin is globally recognised as a leading location. The Arthur Cox offices are located at Ten Earlsfort Terrace, close to the National Concert Hall. We are also within an easy stroll of St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street and the Luas Green line. The area is also home to a number of great bars, restaurants and numerous coffee shops.
We are a short distance from Westland Row train and DART station and we also enjoy being on the bus route of several of the most reliable services in Dublin, including 10, 11, 13, 14, 14A, 15, 15A, 15B, 15C, 27C, 44, 46A, 46B, 48A and 86. See the following websites for information on travel and transport in Dublin to and from Arthur Cox.
If you are new to Dublin and are considering renting accommodation, locations such as Rathmines, Ranelagh and of course the city centre itself, are all within walking distance of Arthur Cox. Click here to visit www.daft.ie, one of Ireland’s largest property sites.
Those wishing to purchase property in Dublin may be interested in visiting www.myhome.ie where you will find all levels and styles of house prices. For ease of transport in and out of the city, some of our recently joined associates have chosen to live in Sandymount, Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, Clontarf, Castleknock, Rathmines, Rathgar and Terenure areas.
For information on public services in Ireland, www.oasis.gov.ie is a helpful website. It outlines vital information for people returning to or moving to Ireland for the first time. Areas detailed include education, public services, culture and recreation, health and consumer affairs and work permits.
Life in Belfast
Our office is located in the city centre, close to Belfast City Hall. This area is set to become the focal point for the city as major redevelopment plans are underway. As a thriving, developing city, Belfast has much to offer those considering moving there. Its busy commercial district is easily accessible from all parts of the city and there are many amenities located nearby.
Life in London & New York
Our London office is located in the middle of the city’s ‘legal’ district, near The Old Bailey, The Royal Courts of Justice and Temple, and is convenient to many major transportation hubs. Our New York office is in the heart of mid-town Manhattan. Associates who join Arthur Cox and work in either our London or New York offices find the location and environment exciting in every way.