Trainee Experiences

Katherine Hayes, Energy and Natural Resources

Hayes Katherine WU 2015 (for web)Katherine Hayes, Energy and Natural Resources

I studied Business and Law at UCD and my first rotation with Arthur Cox was in the Energy & PPP (Public Private Procurement) Group. At the beginning of my training my intake and I participated in seminars with various people within Arthur Cox explaining how the firm works, its values, structure and what is expected of an Arthur Cox trainee. IT and legal writing skills training were given as well as an introduction by a partner in my practice group of the type of work the group does.

 

This introduction provided me with a firm basis and good understanding of my role and the skills which were required. On a daily basis, the work I did was a mixture of correspondence, processing documents and researching.

 

In terms of processing documents, this would usually consist of: reading documents and contracts and familiarising myself with their content; proof-reading; checking consistency in terms; cross-referencing; drafting letters and other documents; updating documents where applicable (e.g. Memoranda and Articles of Association) and taking into account relevant changes in the law.

 

The research I did was on very interesting and current topics such as: occupiers’ liability; the precautionary principle; electricity market reform policy; assignment of charges under contracts; the new energy infrastructure package; restructuring of the water system in Ireland; the possible collapse of the euro and its contractual implications; the proposal for the new energy bill in Northern Ireland; the rganizational of the water industry in Northern Ireland, Scotland and the rganizationa of the water industry in the UK.

 

I think what makes Arthur Cox a great place to work is the quality of the people and work you will be dealing with. Everyone from partners to trainees is knowledgeable, efficient and always willing to help. There is a great sense of teamwork within practice groups. Wherever you are, there are people with the right attitude and experience to help you and further you in your professional career.

 

Having completed the Trainee Development Programme with Arthur Cox, Katherine is now an Associate in our Pensions Group.

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