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MHC Life: Sinéad Power

02 September 2019

In the next interview from our MHC Life series, we chat to recently promoted Dispute Resolution Partner, Sinéad Power. Sinéad talks us through her career highlights including her talent for selling woollen sweaters.

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

I focused on science and maths at school but learnt of a new Bachelor in Civil Law course at NUI Galway after finishing the Leaving Certificate. I secured a spot thanks to the “change of mind” form. This last minute decision set me on a career that allows me to engage with people, the business they create and the issues they confront.

 What was your first job?

Selling woollen sweaters to tourists in my family’s shop in Galway from the time I could talk. I  graduated from sweeping wool on the floor to the hard sell. Thankfully, being a solicitor is far easier than convincing Californians that a heavy, hand-made woollen sweater is exactly what they need.

Career highlight?

The real highlight of my career has been the people. Throughout my 15 years at MHC, my colleagues have been like a second family. That is especially true of the people I started with, who are still some of my closest friends.

Career advice I would give...

Be flexible and always continue learning. I qualified in 2008 and spent my first few years working across a number of departments in MHC, moving with the demands of the economy. Flexibility allowed me to build a legal career in a recession and gain broad experience across different sectors. 

Favourite quote? 

Baldrick: “I have a plan, sir.”
Blackadder: “Really, Baldrick? A cunning and subtle one?”
Baldrick: “Yes, sir.”
Blackadder: “As cunning as a fox who’s just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University?”

One thing most people don’t know about you?

I am a master at assembling IKEA furniture. My husband is unaware of this.  

Upcoming conference:

Sinéad will be speaking at the Women in Finance - Dublin conference on Friday 13 September.

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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