Summer Clerk 2015/16
"HDY was...the perfect place to kickstart my career and I couldn't recommend the firm highly enough"
In applying for summer clerkships, HDY stood out as a firm that genuinely values the unique contribution of each of its people. From the first interview, I was sure that HDY was where I wanted to be.
We spent the first week of our clerkship in a comprehensive training program led by a patient and dedicated team. It was clear from the start that HDY invests a great deal in the personal and professional development of its people.
After we were shown the ropes, we felt well equipped to begin our rotations. I was warmly welcomed in my three chosen rotations, which were ideal in providing an insight into different practice groups. With the support and guidance of friendly and approachable mentors, senior associates and partners, I undertook a range of challenging tasks, including researching various areas of law, attending meetings with top tier clients, preparing briefs to Counsel and drafting correspondence to clients. I attended Court almost on a daily basis, whether it be the District Court, Supreme Court or the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. I had the opportunity to assist with a number of pro bono matters and participate in a rewarding community volunteering day. My efforts were genuinely appreciated and my colleagues were always willing to share with me their knowledge and experience.
It wasn't all hard work though. An immediate bond was formed amongst our close-knit group of clerks, as we participated in a range of exciting sporting and social events. The firm welcomed us with an afternoon on the harbour and farewelled us with a 1950's themed rooftop party. Needless to say, the summer spent at HDY was an invaluable experience that I will look back on fondly for years to come.
HDY was, in all respects, the perfect place to kickstart my career and I couldn't recommend the firm highly enough.