MHC Life: Alice Murphy

19 June 2019

​In the next interview from our MHC Life series, we chat to recently promoted Corporate Charities Partner, Alice Murphy. Alice tells us about her experience as a movie extra and her work in Ireland's largest Charity and Not-for-Profit legal team.

What inspired you to venture on this career path/why did you choose law?

During my school days I loved English, debating and languages so I was encouraged to opt for Law & French as my undergraduate degree. I already knew I loved French and I discovered pretty quickly that law was also really interesting and challenging. With the benefit of the Law and French degree I was eligible to go on to do a bilingual Masters Degree in the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. From there I moved on to a legal internship at global law firm White & Case in Brussels, which was my first real taste of the private practice world and an incredible early career experience.

Career highlight?

While I’m proud of the role I play in maintaining MHC’s position as the pre-eminent advisor to the charities sector in Ireland, I’m cognisant that my charity clients make such a difference to society in Ireland and that my main role is facilitative, ensuring charities get the legal assistance they need to deliver their services to the most vulnerable in society.

Given our focus on good governance within the Charity Law & Not-for-Profit team, I was delighted to see three of my charity clients recognised for excellence in governance at the Good Governance Awards last year. The highlight of 2018 was assisting the World Meeting of Families to bring Pope Francis to Ireland in August.

Career advice I would give …

To the solicitors of tomorrow I would say to follow your passions and find your niche. I feel a real sense of belonging working with this sector, which enables me to relate to my clients and to provide practical advice in response to their needs.  

What sports/hobbies/pastimes do you enjoy?

I think I hold the award for having the heaviest bike in MHC but I really enjoy cycling and although I can’t match our hero MHC triathletes, the commute is an integral part of clearing my thoughts for the day ahead.

I’m part of a skiing group and, weather permitting, I am a big fan of the Irish Sea, walking alongside it at least, if not diving in.

If I wasn’t a……Partner in Corporate Charities, I would work directly in the charities sector.

What was your first job?

Like most 16 year olds in my home village, my first job was in our local supermarket. Before starting my legal career, I had the usual foray through the typical teenage and college jobs. The highlight of those was working as a movie extra during a summer spent in Vancouver, Canada, a very different experience from a law firm, but nonetheless one that taught me the importance of patience and of knowing when to speak and when not to!     

Recent events: 

I really enjoyed participating in the Royal Irish Academy’s Women in Leadership Masterclass in May and spoke at the recent Beneficial Ownership for Charities seminar.

Interested in joining the Law Firm of the Year? We are always interested in hearing from talented and experienced lawyers at all levels who are looking to relocate to Dublin.

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