Summer Clerk 2015/16
"The partners, senior associates and lawyers that I worked with were genuinely interested in my development and constantly provided guidance and support"
When approaching the clerkship recruitment process, my aspiration was to work at a firm that prides itself on legal excellence yet also maintains a strong emphasis on having a people-oriented and collegiate culture. Right from the first interview and cocktail evening, where I interacted with highly impressive lawyers who demonstrated a genuine interest in me, I had no doubt that the firm I aspired to work at was HDY.
A summer clerkship at HDY provides an invaluable opportunity to rotate through three different practice groups, offering exposure to a variety of legal matters and lawyers. Rotating through Corporate/ M&A, Construction & Major Projects and Banking & Finance, I found myself immersed in a diverse range of tasks that included drafting correspondence, preparing case notes and legal research which was used in our advise to clients and assisting with our pro bono program at the Homeless Persons Legal Service. One of the many highlights for me was attending a significant client meeting with the corporate partner on only my second day as a clerk!
The collegiate and inclusive nature of HDY’s lawyers that I was exposed to at the cocktail evening was affirmed throughout the clerkship. The partners, senior associates and lawyers that I worked with were genuinely interested in my development and constantly provided guidance and support.
A clerkship at HDY also provides incredible social experiences. From harnessing a high ropes course overlooking Sydney Harbour at Taronga Zoo, to channeling our inner Olympian at Monday night sports, to partying at our 1950’s American diner-themed clerk farewell, the clerks at HDY have a lot of fun.
Completing a summer clerkship at HDY has been one of the most exciting and enjoyable experiences I have had. If you are looking for a firm that will involve you in significant matters with top-tier clients, provide excellent learning and development and has a collaborative and inclusive culture, I highly recommend a clerkship at HDY.