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Trainee experience - Gillian O'Rourke 

Gillian O'Rourke

“Eversheds Sutherland has a unique culture in that their dedication and commitment to providing you with the best possible training and development is unparalleled. I began my journey with Eversheds Sutherland by joining their Summer Internship Programme in May 2017.”

“Following this, I joined the Education Team as a legal executive, where I spent the best part of 12 months. Two years later, I am a post PPC1 trainee on the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team. My experience gained to date has been invaluable, having had the opportunity to work across multiple teams, gaining exposure to a vast amount of cases, meeting and communicating with numerous clients, all whilst developing key skills.

From the very beginning, as a trainee you are introduced to work which constantly challenges you. There is an element of exposure and trust given which really makes you appreciate the importance of your role on the team. The responsibility allows you the opportunity to develop your research, drafting and file management skills. The work is high level in what is very much a fast paced environment, which allows you to benefit from what I have found to be a continuous practical learning experience. This element of exposure coupled with the supportive culture of the firm allows you to develop your utmost potential. An important characteristic, which in my opinion goes straight to the core of a successful workforce is communication, both internally and externally, and thankfully this is something that is equally as important to Eversheds Sutherland, who thrive on teamwork and inclusion. These values are certainly reflected in their training experience.”

Gillian O'Rourke - Current trainee