Aisling Fitzgerald, Finance (London)
I studied Economics, Politics and Law in Dublin City University. My course included an Erasmus year in the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and a course in International Arbitration and Litigation in the London School of Economics. I pursued a career in a corporate law firm because I have always had an interest in the mechanics of markets and general commercial trade. I would always be the first to pull the business section out of the Irish Times on a Sunday morning.
During my time on the Trainee Development Programme I have been given the opportunity to find my passion and to pursue it. To date I have completed rotations in Banking and Finance; Environmental, Planning and Climate Change; and most recently in the London Finance practice group.
My most recent rotation was with the Finance team in the London office. I attended conferences, networking events, award ceremonies and assisted in round table discussions with the Arthur Cox London office. My most recent day at work involved working for Kathleen Garrett and her team. The morning was spent at the Women in Funds conference at the Directors Institute on Pall Mall. After a morning of discussions and networking over coffee, it was back to the office to help the team with preparing Form C1’s for filing and completing reviews of the Memorandum and Articles of Association for relevant companies. The evening would consist of preparing with the marketing aspects of the London team such as organising the In House Counsel breakfast seminar which was to take place in the London office. Then it was off out to the city again for more networking seminars which are held in London every night of the week – never a dull moment!
The Trainee Development Programme focuses not only on your professional growth – but also on your personal development. There are many workshops and seminars promoting personal and learning development within the firm. These workshops can help reaffirm your personal and career goals and can give you the extra boost you need to continue to work hard. My rotation in London helped me to develop as a person. Through all the networking and attending conferences there was plenty of opportunity to become more confident and to take more initiative with my own work.
My career highlight to date with Arthur Cox would have to be the opportunity I had to attend the Euromoney Women in Law Awards with Arthur Cox. Several female partners in the firm were nominated for awards in different categories. It was my career highlight being able to sit at a table with these impressive women and I understood that this is the opportunity that hard work at Arthur Cox can provide. Working at Arthur Cox is a chance to really push yourself to succeed and to be your best.