Q&A with Aileen Mackin

The legal profession in Ireland is undergoing a radical transformation. As firms begin to introduce more flexible working, a number of legal professionals are actively looking at the market and engaging with recruiters in order to make their next move. We caught up with Legal Consultant Aileen Mackin who works with Legal Executives, Paralegals and Newly Qualified Solicitors to get her insights on the legal market in Ireland at the moment.

Where did you grow up? Where do you live?

I was born in County Down. I moved to Dublin two years ago.


How did you get into recruitment?

When I graduated, I wasn’t sure what options I had as I studied such a broad degree.

I spoke to a friend who was in recruitment and she talked to me about how one day isn’t the same.  Meeting new people (candidates and clients) and building relationships with people who are making an important decision regarding their career was of interest to me and . I haven’t looked back since.


What do you do at MA?

I work on the Legal desk and my focus is on Legal Executives/Paralegals and Newly Qualified Solicitors.


What did you want to do as a kid growing up?

I wanted to follow in my Mums footsteps and become a nurse but the realisation that I hate blood squashed that dream!


Where were you 10 years ago?

I was sitting my GCSE’s in Our Lady’s in Newry.


Why did you choose to work at MA?

Mason Alexander is a fast-growing recruitment agency in Dublin and their ambition and opportunity for career growth was something I was attracted to.


What does a typical day at work / or work week look like for you?

Busy – I enjoy getting out of the office to meet candidates and clients and coming back to the office to work on roles that clients have requirements for.


What’s the best way to start the day?

I walk into work so when I come in, I feel refreshed and ready to start the day.


Any tips for people looking for a new job?

Have a CV that is tailored to each job application.

Talk to a good recruiter that knows your market as they will be able to provide useful information from benchmarking salaries, market insights and a range of job opportunities suited to your background.

Do your research!


What is your market like at the moment?

It is very busy.

The Irish legal market is in a period of sustained growth, particularly in light of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. Legal industry professionals believe there is potential for Ireland to capitalise on this due to its Common Law System and the use of English in its courts.

There is a strong demand for legal professionals with Investment Funds, Aviation, Property, Corporate, Banking and Construction across all areas from Legal Secretaries and Legal Executives up to NQ and Associate Solicitors.


Do you see any trends in your market?

The legal market especially from NQ to Senior Associate level is more candidate driven than it has ever been. It is evident Brexit has affected candidate behaviour as there has been inwards talent to Dublin from candidates returning from Australia and UK.


Favourite thing about working at MA?

I get to work and learn from some great people!


Can you recommend any habits that have helped your professional life?

I always try and see the positives out of a situation – a glass half full approach.


What is the best advice you have ever received? What advice would you give to your younger self?

That it is ok not to have your career figured out when you are 21.


What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

Sky Dive! I was terrified but I’m so glad that I did it!!

If you are a Legal Executive, Paralegal or Newly Qualified Solicitor who is looking for their next move, contact Aileen today:

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