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Industry Insights Your Future in Legal Services Employer Panel

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Solicitor or barrister are not your only options. There a number of law jobs to choose from. Furthermore, the emergence of some of the world’s largest legal firm in NI has now opened up a stream of opportunities across operations, marketing, communications, business development, project management, document management, technology and more.

Meet our panel of key players from the legal services sector and hear about their unusual routes into the sector and the variety of roles on offer for graduates from any discipline.

Employer Panel for Your future in legal services

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JP Irvine, Partner at Keystone Law

JP is a tech-savvy corporate and commercial lawyer with a wide range of connections and interests.

JP represents start-ups, scaling businesses, venture capital, co-founders, and platforms across all kinds of sectors and inventions. His clients are mainly located in London, Bermuda, Bristol, and Belfast.

Over the past 20 years, JP has been Chief Legal Counsel to a Fin Tech open banking App, Company Secretary to 20 different companies, Non-Executive Board Director and Data Protection Officer (DPO) implementing GDPR solutions. Outside of law, he is a founder of tech forum Origin Circle, a Judge on the Ulster University Shark Tank, and is a patron of the global competition the Start Up World Cup.

Peter Cunningham, Manager at Herbert Smith Freehills

A graduate of the University of Dundee, Peter started his legal career in a small high street law firm where he managed a varied caseload of private client work. 

In July 2014, Peter joined Herbert Smith Freehills as part of the Belfast based Alternative Legal Disputes team and has worked his way up to his current role of Legal Manager. 

Peter has worked on numerous projects, but the projects he enjoys most are large remediation schemes. When asked to describe his progression Peter has said " My career didn't start the way I imagined, nor have I ended up where I thought I would, but I have enjoyed every step".

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Claire McCarry, Associate Director at Quigg Golden

As Associate Director for Quigg Golden Claire works with a range of clients (employers, main contractors and subcontractors) on matters relating to construction law, contract management and dispute resolution. 

Having acquired over 10 years’ experience in the commercial management and procurement of construction projects, before moving into construction law and dispute resolution, Claire’s technical skills coupled with her knowledge of the law allow her to relate to issues faced by clients to provide weighted advice and achieve effective solutions. Claire also sits as an adjudicator on the RICS panel of adjudicators.


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Paul White, Manager at Baker McKenzie

Paul is a qualified solicitor and manager in Baker McKenzie's corporate team in Belfast.

He has a broad corporate practice, with a particular focus on private M&A, corporate reorganisations, and equity capital markets work. He regularly works on multi-jurisdictional transactions with colleagues and clients across the globe.

Paul also plays a key role in legal recruitment, as well as the training and professional development of other team members.