Wendy Doyle, whose experience in law dates back to 2003 and spreads across some of the most high-profile law firms in Dublin, has recently opened an office in her hometown of Wicklow.
Her primary focus is all employment law, corporate law, and commercial law with a particular emphasis on intellectual property law such as trademarks and patents. She is also a qualified trade mark attorney.
We caught up with Wendy to talk about the road that lead her to Wicklow.
Why did you decide to get involved in law?
I think the initial desire was always there and as I have always enjoyed research and problem solving, it was a natural progression for me in some ways. I still enjoy learning and studying new and emerging areas of law and given how quickly legislation changes and cases are decided, it suits me down to the ground. I also love a good challenge and the more complex the problem the better!
How did you go about chasing your career?
I studied Business and Law in UCD which was invaluable. Although my primary focus was law, I also wanted to get exposure to business subjects as I believed it would bring a unique opportunity and insight into understanding client businesses and the challenges they face. As a result, I look at problems with a much broader focus and can identify for example, tax issues and opportunities which may not be readily apparent at the outset.
Thereafter I spent several years in UCD pursuing a Masters in European Law and a Diploma in Employment Law. I also have qualifications in Commercial Litigation, Pensions and Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law as well as being a Registered Trade Mark Agent. I am hoping to finish my qualification as a Chartered Tax Adviser with the Institute of Taxation shortly.
I then decided to join PricewaterhouseCoopers as a tax consultant and ultimately qualified as part of their independent law firm at the time before moving to William Fry Solicitors. I have been very fortunate to work with some excellent lawyers and mentors over the years.
Can you tell us about some of your career highlights?
One of the main highlights was qualifying as a solicitor in 2003. My mum Angela was very sick at the time and could not make the graduation ceremony in the Law Society, but we recorded it and were able to show the video to her in hospital. Although she could not physically be there, the fact that she was able to see me qualify meant the world to me given how encouraging she had always been in helping me reach my goals. She was and still remains my inspiration and I still miss her terribly.
I have been very fortunate in my career to date including working for some of the “Big 5” law firms and accountancy firms in Dublin. As a result I have been lucky to work on some very high profile cases. I have acted for all types of clients and genuinely love to see a smile (and relief!) on their faces when we are able to achieve the desired outcome for them.
What motivated you to setup your own firm?
I always wanted to “steer my own ship” and work for myself and it was instilled in me growing up that I could achieve anything if I put my mind to it. I was always very driven and ambitious and wanted to see if I could rise to the challenge! I originally set up the practice in 2009 when the recession hit and whilst it has been challenging at times, I thoroughly enjoy what each day brings, and no two days are the same. I have two little boys so working for myself also allows me great flexibility to be able to spend as much time as possible with them also.
How have you found extending your practice to Wicklow Town?
I recently moved back to Wicklow during the summer and used the time to get the office set up. I have an office on Upper Pembroke Street just off Leeson Street in Dublin 2 so was aware of what I needed to do having done it all before. I am only now beginning to really focus on the Wicklow office as I wanted to ensure I had everything set up before I did.
I have found people to be genuinely welcoming and helpful since moving back. It takes time to develop an office but fingers crossed it will develop and grow!
What sets you apart from the other Law Firms in the Wicklow Town?
I have the upmost respect for the established law firms in the town and look forward to working with them.
The legal profession is changing rapidly and technology is playing a large part in how the “business of law” will develop in the future. I see many law firms adapting to change and making the provision of legal services more streamlined and hence more cost efficient for clients.
My goal in setting up the office in the town is to try and take advantage of technology to make availing of our services easier. For example, we can help clients by having consultations remotely by video call or weekend appointments. Many clients today do not wish to travel to offices and want to have consultations from the comfort of their own home. Many people have long commutes and busy lives and we constantly listen to their needs and wants. We are a small practice but very adaptable. We constantly strive to do things differently whilst continuing to provide first class legal services.
What legal services do you offer?
Whilst I practice in all areas of law, my primary focus is employment law, corporate and commercial law with a particular emphasis on intellectual property law such as trademarks and patents.
I also enjoy a good battle so all aspects of litigation and court work always appeal.
We have recently started to work with a lot of start up companies. I particularly enjoy this as I love to see small companies grow and develop.
We are a specialist firm in some ways but never turn away any work where we believe we can help clients solve their problems. Our clients range from individuals and start up companies to large multinationals, so no problem is too big or small!
A full range of our services can be seen on our website www.wdsolicitors.ie which is due to be updated shortly.
What is your favourite aspect of the job?
I genuinely love meeting people and hearing their story. The most satisfying aspect of my job is seeing a client happy and being able to take away their stresses or strains away. No two days are the same and that’s what I love the most.
I am hoping to focus on growing the Wicklow office for the foreseeable future and I see great opportunities here.
For more information on Wendy Doyle Solicitors, as well as the services she offers, please visit wdsolicitors.ie.