Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Four high-flying graduates embark on careers in law at Allen & Overy

South Eastern Regional College graduates Conor McNeill, Claire Skelton, Catrin Wyn Williams and Martin McKernon get ready for global projects having landed roles at international law firm Allen & Overy

AFTER taking part in a training programme with top law firm Allen & Overy, four young people from across Belfast are now headed for a career in law.

Martin McKernon, Conor McNeill, Claire Skelton and Catrin Wyn Williams were among eight students to complete the Document Skills Foundation Course delivered by South Eastern Regional College (SERC) and will now take up roles in Allen & Overy's Belfast Support Services Centre at the Obel building which supports an international network of 43 offices in 30 countries.

The 10-week programme, the only training course of its kind in Northern Ireland, was specially designed to prepare high-flying students for the fast pace of an international law firm and develop technical skills required to manage legal documents.

Paula Feeney, document services lead at the Allen & Overy in Belfast said there is a strong demand for skilled graduates in the local legal market.

"We've been impressed by the high calibre of all the students that completed this course and are pleased to welcome four new recruits to the Belfast team," she said.

"This is the second year the programme has run and the second time we have been able to meet our resource needs by recruiting from the recent pool of graduates.

"The Document Skills Foundation Course is a real success for us and for the local legal market."

Thompson Keating, director of corporate and economic development at SERC, said: "This is a leading example of the successful partnerships being established between colleges and the private sector which benefits the Northern Ireland economy.

"In tough times, we have focused on developing partnerships and training opportunities that support employers' business objectives and can offer people a brand new way into work.

"This is a proven course of outstanding pedigree and has provided trainees with an edge in the jobs marketplace," he added.