Summer Clerk 2015/16
"...HDY’s commitment to excellence, learning and mentoring made it the perfect environment for me as a young person entering the professional world"
Right from the start of the recruitment process, HDY struck me as a firm committed to getting the best out of its people. Having completed the summer clerkship, I can genuinely say that HDY’s commitment to excellence, learning and mentoring made it the perfect environment for me as a young person entering the professional world.
At the firm’s cocktail evening it was clear that all members of the firm, regardless of position, were interested in getting to know you as a person. The authentic nature of that evening, as well as the interviews, meant I was eager to work in the collegiate environment the firm has built and to choose to become part of the HDY family.
The first week of the clerkship is wholly dedicated to training and induction. This was really important as we learnt about the firm and its core values, as well as its client base and future operations. Beyond that, there were sessions dedicated to helping us as a clerkship group to get to know each other in a relaxed and fun way, topped off with an activities day ending with drinks at the picturesque Opera Bar. This ensured our group became productive colleagues and close friends from the outset, making our cohesive group dynamic the envy of other firms at the inter-firm sporting and trivia events.
One of the many great factors about being a clerk at HDY is the additional rotation. Working in three practice groups was extremely beneficial as I experienced a wide range of work on a variety of different matters, many involving top-tier clients. I was also fortunate to actively participate in the firm’s commitment to pro bono by working with the Refugee Advice & Casework Service, Homeless Persons’ Legal Service and the Whitelion foundation.
It is this variety and the enthusiasm with which the partners, senior associates and lawyers approach to mentoring your professional and personal development that make being a clerk at HDY an experience where you can thrive. And one you will enjoy immensely.