During the clerkship recruitment process, HDY was a firm that stood out to me for its excellent reputation, intriguing deal sheet and, most importantly, its friendly culture. These were the reasons why I chose HDY and I can genuinely say that my clerkship has confirmed these initial perceptions of the firm.
HDY offers its clerks the unique opportunity to rotate through three practice areas. As someone who was unsure of the area of law I wanted to ultimately practice in, the greater exposure to different legal areas has been really helpful. Through my rotations in Construction & Major Projects, Investments and Financial Services and Dispute Resolution, I enjoyed a good mix of advisory, transactional and litigious work. The tasks I received were interesting and challenging, ranging from conducting legal research, drafting client emails and reviewing contracts, to only name a few.
I found that the partners, senior associates and lawyers I worked with were truly invested in my learning and development as they took the time to explain the full context of a matter to me even if it was unrelated to my particular task. Above all, everyone I met was warm, approachable and always willing to help (which is something you’ll need more often than not as a summer clerk).
My clerkship experience was not merely confined to my day-to-day work. There were a number of social and sporting events scheduled throughout the clerkship, such as the inter-firm clerk sport competition, trivia night and cruise. On top of these events, we had an entertaining day awkwardly modelling for our photo shoot, a fun afternoon completing a high ropes course, and a relaxed evening with the managing partner, Michael Greene. All in all, I had a wonderful summer and I am glad that I was able to share this experience with the twelve other amazing clerks in my group.