By James Duncan

Jamie Duncan

When I began applying for summer internships, I knew that I wanted to try and get as broad a range of experiences as possible. This is what attracted me to Turcan Connell. Being a leading private client law firm, my internship at Turcan Connell has shown a different side to law, as well as an interesting client focus, and I would definitely recommend it to others looking to pursue a career in law.

I am currently four weeks into my six-week summer internship at Turcan Connell and the time has flown by. I have been lucky enough to be split between two different teams during my internship, working within both a tax and succession team and the firm's employment and dispute resolution team. Although this has certainly kept me busy, I have found it a hugely rewarding experience, which has allowed me to get involved in a really broad range of work from legal research to drafting legal documents, court runs to writing letters to clients.

What also drew me to Turcan Connell was the fact that the summer internship runs for six weeks. Being at the firm for this extended period of time has allowed me to get involved in larger projects of work from start to finish, which in my opinion has been an invaluable experience and has given me a real insight into working within a private client law firm.

What has stood out to me most during my time at Turcan Connell however is not the work, but the people within firm. From the very first day of the internship everyone has been very friendly and welcoming. Within my teams, and across the firm in general there is a really approachable and supportive environment, and everyone has been willing to take the time to explain the work they are giving me, and to answer any questions that I have. This approach really enables you to get the most out of the summer internship and to develop your practical knowledge and understanding of the day-to-day work within a private client law firm.

I have also found there to be a good work/life balance at Turcan Connell which, is of course really important. Each week there have been different sporting events, from hockey to rounders, for the summer interns to get involved in, as well as dinners and nights out. Fortunately the summer internship also coincides with the firm's annual summer BBQ which was a really fun evening. These different events have been a good opportunity to speak to people out of the office in a more informal setting and to meet different people from across the firm who I may not otherwise have been able to meet.

All in all, I have really enjoyed my first four weeks at Turcan Connell, and I am looking forward to the remaining two weeks. I would definitely recommend an internship at Turcan Connell to anyone looking to experience working life within a private client law firm.

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