Richard Gill | Senior Associate

Richard’s dad was a law lecturer, so applying to UCD to do a law degree seemed like a natural step. 'During the course of my degree, I decided that I didn’t want to be a barrister, but I found that I was drawn to corporate law. It was exciting and dynamic, and I liked the fact that it was possible to have two winners in a transaction.'

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After graduation

After graduation, Richard was successful in his application for the McCann FitzGerald traineeship. 'From the minute you step through the door, you feel like you are a part of the firm. As a trainee, you share an office with a partner, so there is never a ‘them and us’ vibe. I did two of my seats in aviation finance, something that was completely new to me – it had flown under my radar. I soon learned that Ireland was a global hub for the industry and that McCann FitzGerald was a leader in the field.' Richard qualified into the Aviation and Asset Financing Group, and since then, he has been involved in several high profile and high value transactions.

'From the minute you step through the door, you feel like you are a part of the firm. '

The work

'Some of the deals in which we have been involved have really changed the industry. It’s fast-paced work. You could be dealing with a German bank, a Spanish airline, an Irish buyer and a Japanese seller, all in the one transaction. You work across time zones and interact with some of the biggest law firms in the world.'

The New York office

Richard recently relocated to McCann FitzGerald’s New York office. “I spent a year of my degree studying in Chicago and loved it so when the opportunity arose to work from New York, it wasn’t a tough decision to make. Given the truly global nature of our Group’s practice and in particular the strong links between Ireland and the US, having a presence in New York has greatly assisted the firm’s clients, be they Irish clients doing business in the US or US clients doing business in Ireland.” Richard says that McCann FitzGerald is a great option for anyone who has an interest in working abroad for a period of time. “We have international offices in London, Brussels and New York so there are opportunities to work overseas either during your training period or as a qualified solicitor.”