Addleshaws to recruit trainee solicitors in Ireland

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Dublin, Ireland

Addleshaw Goddard is looking recruit trainee solicitors into its new Dublin office.

The firm told Legal Cheek it will take on eight trainees in Spring 2023 and the same number in 2024.

The move follows AG’s merger with Irish outfit Eugene F Collins in March of this year. At the time, AG said it planned to double the size of the the office by 2025 through a focus on financial services, real estate, retail and consumer, technology and life sciences.

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“We are delighted to announce additional training contract places to support our continued growth in Ireland,” Grainne Mitchell, head of early careers at AG, told Legal Cheek. “There’s never been a more exciting time to join Addleshaw Goddard as a trainee, with opportunities to get involved in fantastic deals and projects from day one, including through secondments across our international offices.”

A number of big UK-headquartered firms have entered the Irish legal market in recent years as the profession continues to deal with the fallout from the 2016 Brexit vote. These include Linklaters, Taylor Wessing, Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons.

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Irish solicitors – with English firms opening up in Dublin and bringing more competition to the market, has it put on any pressure to raise salaries?


Anon Reply

Not sure the English firms opening offices in Dublin are paying beyond current upper Dublin NQ rates (circa 75k-85K). The English / US firms here have relatively small offices entirely and almost no trainee intakes. The pressure on firms at the minute is to retain NQs as a significant proportion are leaving at qualification for Magic Circle or US firms in London. I don’t see them going near matching those rates but definitely may up the pay past the current rate. All that is to say, why would anyone stay in Dublin if they’re in anyway a good NQ?



I dont think that’s fair to the Dublin firms and the city unless you are just talking about salaries. I’m at the other end, looking to make the move back from London.



Dechert Dublin is €120,000 NQ


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