Tell us a bit about you and your career journey to MHC – what inspired you to get into this career?
I was interested in law from an early age and enjoyed debating in secondary school and university. I was called to the Bar in 2009 and practised as a barrister for five years. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Irish Bar but realised I was better suited to life as a solicitor. After completing a masters in commercial law at UCD, I accepted a role as a litigation associate in a US law firm in London. After this, I returned to Dublin to work in another of the big firms as a litigation associate, with a particular focus on product liability litigation. It was this experience that led me to join the Products Regulatory team at Mason Hayes & Curran.
Favourite thing about your role?
I enjoy the variety of matters and challenge of the work that I am involved in on the Products team. My practice is a mix of regulatory and litigation work, which offers a nice balance. I also work with a collegiate and collaborative team.
Talk us through a typical day for you
I have a two-year old daughter so have no need for an alarm anymore. Once our childminder arrives, I log-in and catch-up on emails and plan my tasks for the day ahead. We have a team call three times a week to discuss and manage workflows. Having joined Mason Hayes & Curran during the pandemic, I am looking forward to having an opportunity to work in the office and getting to know my colleagues in person.
Have you ever met anyone famous?
Bono. I was studying at the time for the entrance exams to the King’s Inns. On my way home from the library, I noticed that a crowd was gathered outside U2’s recording studio in the docklands so I went to check it out. As he was leaving the studio, Bono came over to say hello and autographed my contract law book. He also drew a self-portrait / doodle of himself. I was careful not to dog-ear the book after that!
What's your idea of a perfect holiday/favourite place you've ever visited?
I love European city breaks. Great trips from before the pandemic include Venice, Stockholm and Vienna. I am hoping to attend a wedding in Warsaw in May and am very much looking forward to getting to visit a new city and country for the first time in a couple of years.