Summer Clerk 2015/16
"I was drawn to apply at HDY as a result of the firm’s fantastic reputation - both in regards to legal expertise and for having a warm and friendly firm culture"
I was drawn to apply at HDY as a result of the firm’s fantastic reputation - both in regards to legal expertise and for having a warm and friendly firm culture. Having met some representatives from the firm at clerkship events, I knew it was the place I wanted to spend my summer.
From our very first training week onwards, I felt that the entire group of clerks were warmly welcomed and facilitated with the skills we needed to succeed. We were encouraged to participate in a wide variety of opportunities that the firm has to offer and to learn about every aspect of HDY’s multi-faceted practice.
I was given the opportunity to work in a broad range of practice groups over my three rotations. My first was in Banking & Finance, which gave me a real insight in to the transactional side of practice and exposed me to some of the firm’s top clients. My next rotation was in Property, Environment & Planning, which provided me with a fascinating opportunity to learn about the interesting mix of advisory and litigation work in this team. My last rotation was in Workplace Relations & Safety which allowed me to investigate and research a wide variety of discrimination, unfair dismissal and other claims, and attend hearings at the Supreme Court, Fair Work Commission and NCAT.
I was also lucky enough to participate in the pro bono side of the firm’s practice, through attending a RACS interview and completing work for the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service. In addition, the group as a whole was able to attend Volunteer Day with Whitelion and learn about the juvenile justice work that this fantastic charity undertakes. HDY strongly encouraged our participation in these pro bono and community events, which really solidified in my mind that this is the right firm for me.
The twelve weeks I spent at HDY were some of the best of my life. Between the firm organised activities and the clerkship-wide events, there was never a dull moment. As a group we worked hard, learned a lot and enjoyed every second of it, supported the whole way by a wonderful network of people throughout the firm. I could not recommend a summer clerkship at HDY highly enough.