Golda Hession, Technology and Innovation
Before joining Arthur Cox I studied Law and French in University College Cork, including an Erasmus year in Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg. I also undertook an LLM in European Legal Studies at the College of Europe, Bruges.
Having experienced a number of intern and research roles in the European Commission, a Brussels-based competition law firm and the Houses of the Oireachtas, I had a sense that a career in practice beckoned. I knew that for me, a workplace that provided intellectual and organisational challenges and a strong team ethos was what I was looking for – and so the next step was to apply for a place on the Arthur Cox Trainee Development Programme.
To date I have completed rotations in the Employment, Corporate and Litigation practice groups. I am currently working in the firm’s Technology & Innovation group.
There are a number of consistent lessons that I have learned in each team. My training has taught me that awareness of a client’s objectives and commercial needs is key to delivering a valuable service. Everyone has a role to play in delivering excellent results to a client. Even the tasks carried out by the most junior people facilitate the work of other members of the team in getting the best results for a client. You may be training but everyone around you is always learning. This process continues long after your indentures end.
My most recent day at work involved carrying out research on consumer and regulatory issues for a technology client setting up business in Ireland, helping with a large international corporate transaction, drafting a client bulletin on new developments in the law on cybersecurity and attending a seminar on the latest developments in data protection law.
I appreciate that the mentoring and development of trainees is a key value of the firm and is an important element to the role of every associate and partner. The atmosphere is one of genuine approachability. Whether it is war stories and insights gained over many years of experience by senior partners, or practical survival tips from newly-qualified associates who were in your shoes only months ago, there is an understanding that your professional development as a trainee represents a benefit to the future of the firm as a whole.
I always get a kick out of seeing matters that I’m working on in the papers. Knowing that you are working for some of the biggest domestic and international clients on the most topical commercial issues of the day certainly gives you added motivation. That, and working with fantastic colleagues, many of whom have become great friends.