Shane Gallen Bachelor of Civil Law, NUIG

During my first rotation I had the opportunity to work on a number of high profile deals and transactions, including the recent sale of a major Irish insurance company for €180m. The direct interaction with clients on a regular basis and being heavily involved in the day-to-day elements of the transactions has been an invaluable experience and has greatly improved my commercial awareness and client management skills.

Trainee solicitors in ALG are an integral part of the firm's legal teams and are encouraged to take responsibility for certain areas of a transaction. One of the highlights of my first rotation was having the opportunity to attend the completion meeting of a high profile transaction. This involved the various parties attending our Dublin office to sign the transaction documents, transfer the funds and close the deal. You really get a buzz from seeing your work through to fruition and how your work connects to the overall end result.