Principal at Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors
I will confess at the start that I fell into law. My parents said I would enjoy university so I went. In my third year I worked out the difference between a solicitor and a barrister. I had absolutely no agenda. I had the good fortune to be apprenticed to Laurence Cullen. He taught me the importance of going to the primary legislation rather than a commentary.
I went on to work with some brilliant solicitors such as Ronnie Lynam, Patrick Rowan, Irene O’Donovan and Clare Connellan. By pure chance I wrote two articles on tax and was offered a position with PwC. I worked with John Blake and John Kelly who trained me never to advise without double checking the law of tax, even if I had advised on the same point previously.
I moved to O'Flynn Exhams and subsequently became a partner in PC Moore & Co. Both firms and their members are held in the highest esteem by me. In 2009 I set up my own boutique law firm where we specialise in employment law, personal injury work and tax issues.
In dealing with colleagues, treat them with respect. When you can facilitate a colleague, do so. You never know when you will need a favour. If you are known as a person who facilitates colleagues you will be likely to get that favour when you need it.
I was taught by various individuals that it is a long road that has no turn. The colleague who needs your help today may be the very person who will remember that help in the future when you need it.
I had the opportunity to work for and with brilliant individuals and firms. I would say seek experience working with the best Solicitors you can find in a variety of areas of law. Find a niche you feel comfortable with. Look for training by the best technical individuals you can find. Do not be afraid to move to a new area of law. I have found an area of law I love. If you want to succeed you must find that niche which excites and challenges you. You have found it when you look forward to Mondays, (or maybe just become a sad person like me.)
Understand your strengths. Admit your weaknesses. Work to your strengths. Respect your colleagues. Help colleagues where you can. Find an area of law which suits you. Do the best you can. You cannot do anymore.
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