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Robert Purcell

Partner at M.E. Hanahoe SolicitorsJason O'Sullivan

I worked and travelled for a year after my degree as I was not sure what I wanted to do. When I got back to Ireland I ended up postponing that decision and completed a masters. I decided that I wanted to be a Solicitor when my masters finished. I still had to do FE1 examinations but I wanted to start working.

I was offered an apprenticeship in Michael E Hanahoe and started straight away. I did not have any preference for the type of work I would do and after a couple of months I ended up in the criminal defence litigation department and I have not looked back.

I was made a partner 15 years from the day I started as an apprentice. I am very indebted to the Partners here for the time, education and knowledge they gave me while I was training. My practice is very varied within the criminal litigation framework. I deal with cases from the District Court to the Central Criminal and Special Criminal Courts. It is immensely challenging work and never dull.

I am currently the Chairman of the Criminal Law Committee in the Law Society. I was a member of the committee for 10 years before being asked to chair. The Committee advocates to advance the interests of the profession and interacts with numerous State bodies to achieve that. We also examine and make submissions on any proposed legislation or Law Reform. It is a demanding but very rewarding role and one which I really enjoy.

Advice

My advice to any young professionals is be open minded and always be willing to learn. Be prepared to work hard, it will be worth it. Give respect to your colleagues and clients. It will be returned. Value your integrity and reputation. 

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