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Michael Duffy

Michael Duffy, Newly Qualified Solicitor

Newly Qualified Solicitor

Why did you apply to Boodle Hatfield?

I studied law at university and while I enjoyed the commercial side to it I was also interested in areas of law which affect people. Boodle Hatfield offered the opportunity to do interesting and high quality work for business as well as individuals and their families which allowed me to explore these interests.
The size of the firm was also important to me. I wanted to be involved in matters early in my career in order to provide the best opportunity for me to learn so did not want to work for a large firm. Finally, I wanted to enjoy my working environment and was attracted by Boodle Hatfield’s deservedly friendly and welcoming reputation.

What was your first day like?

My first day was filled with information about the firm and what each department did. We were given a talk on what makes a good trainee (a little daunting given that it was by my supervisor for first seat!). The talk proved useful for what to do and, importantly, what not to do. We had lunch with the other junior lawyers and future supervisors to get to know each other, followed by drinks at the end of the day with the firm at large. This was a good informal event which helped settle any nerves about starting a new job at an early stage.

How would you describe the culture of the firm?

The culture is friendly, supportive and driven. Everyone from junior to senior lawyers are incredibly helpful and genuinely nice, so there is no problem asking questions or discussing files with your supervisor or anyone on your team. This is also part of the ambitious ethos in the firm. People want to do the best for our clients and for the firm and helping you to become better is part of that.

The firm is also very social which adds to the positive culture. As well as the annual Summer and Christmas party, there are frequent charity, social and sporting events which people from every level across the firm get involved in.

How much client contact do you get?

I was dealing with clients directly on the first day of my first seat and have continued to have direct contact through email, phone and face-to-face meetings since then. Indeed I have been the client’s first port of call for many of the files that I have dealt with. This can be a bit unnerving to begin with, but it does mean you have a much greater understanding of what your client wants and how they want to achieve it and allows you to feel like a valued member of their professional team.

What has been your biggest achievement to date?

Over my training contract so far I have been involved with many different matters of varying scales and sizes. One of the matters that particularly stands out to me was a very high value property sale. There was a complex structure involving various departments including Property, Construction, Tax and Corporate and the sale was particularly important to the client. I was in the Construction seat and took the lead in the construction aspects of the sale, having to review and answer enquiries on a range of documents from the buyer’s solicitors and draft and negotiate a range of documents. This was high value and for a high profile client, but I was proud that my work was being relied upon and valued by senior colleagues in other departments.

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London Bankside

Bankside Office

240 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NW
DX 53 Chancery Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

London Mayfair

Mayfair Office

6 Grosvenor Street
London
W1K 4PZ

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

Oxford

Oxford office

6 Worcester Street
Oxford
OX1 2BX

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

Bankside Office

240 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NW
DX 53 Chancery Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

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