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“Allen & Overy is one of the growing elite Magic Circle law firms; when the opportunity arose to join the LSC team here in Belfast, it was one that I could not miss…

Having been with the Legal Services Centre since the office opened in 2012, I am in a prime position to testify to the variety of legal experience, training and professional development a graduate can gain in such an environment. A typical day could involve working on a range of projects across various practice areas, such as corporate M&A, banking due diligence and wider finance work, contract drafting and negotiation, litigation disclosure, legal research or wider project management. Opportunities are also available to get involved with pro bono work.

I was seconded to work within the General Lending and Leveraged Finance team in the New York office, as well as taking on in-house roles with clients. Not only is this fantastic professional experience, it really makes for a varied and interesting working life.

Having Jane Townsend, a partner in the firm, at the helm of the LSC is also a huge bonus. Friendly, vastly experienced in the legal industry and a formidable leader, Jane is widely respected for her achievements and for the level of expertise she brings to the LSC.

While my law degree and initial LSC training with the University of Law equipped me well, I’ve also had the opportunity for further training and professional development here at A&O. I’m currently pursuing qualification with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), attended A&O’s University of Banking and also recently completed a course in Legal Technology and Innovation at the University of Ulster. The depth and range of training and development really bolster your confidence in the work you carry out.

Working with teams in the Belfast office and throughout the network, you quickly get to grips with the collaborative culture and great working atmosphere within the LSC.”