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A&L Goodbody calls for ‘Bold Ideas’ from university students

Trainee Solicitor Recruitment Programme set to create over 30 graduate positions

With data protection and privacy looming large for Irish businesses ahead of the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) next year, A&L Goodbody, one of Ireland's leading corporate law firms is seeking new, ‘Bold Ideas’ to encourage companies to choose Ireland for their data regulation requirements.

Today the firm launched its 2017 Bold Ideas Student Innovation Award, by asking university students of all disciplines, to think of their 'Bold Idea' to promote Ireland as the global centre for data and to encourage businesses to establish here.

At the launch, A&L Goodbody also announced its intention to recruit over 30 graduate positions over the coming months as part of its Trainee Solicitor Recruitment Programme.

Now in its sixth year, Bold Ideas recognises the most innovative ideas from undergraduate or postgraduate students at universities across Ireland.

Speaking at the launch of the competition, John Whelan, Head of A&L Goodbody's International Technology Practice commented: "This is an exciting time for Ireland as companies prepare for the introduction of GDPR and the "one-stop-shop system" on 25 May 2018. We are asking students to come up with a Bold Idea to see what Ireland can do to make itself a better place for regulation, and a jurisdiction of choice for multi-nationals considering their European data privacy obligations and requirements. We want students to think creatively, building their Bold Idea on Ireland's reputation for attracting foreign direct investment."

Last year's winner, University of Limerick student Sarah McCarthy, said "Winning the competition has been absolutely fantastic. I've just finished a summer internship with A&L Goodbody where I gained great, real-world skills. I used my cash prize to help with college fees and was able to give a donation to a charity of my choice. Presenting my idea to the judges was a great experience too. It's really easy to enter and I would encourage anyone from any background to do so. Just make sure your idea is innovative and well-researched."

The first prize winner of the competition will receive €4,000 in cash and a summer internship at A&L Goodbody’s head office in Dublin. The firm will also make a cash donation on the winner’s behalf to a charity of their choice. Runners up will each receive an iPad mini. Members of the public will also be invited to vote for their favourite Bold Ideas submission, by visiting the firm's Trainee and Intern Facebook page.

Judges for the 2017 Bold Ideas Student Innovation Award competition include:

  • John Whelan, Head of A&L Goodbody's Technology Practice
  • Sarah Lennon, Legal Counsel in Google
  • Jonathan Newman, Senior Counsel

The closing date for entries to Bold Ideas is Friday, 6 November and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday, 30 November. For more information or to apply visit - www.algoodbody.com/boldideasaward.

A&L Goodbody's Trainee Solicitor Recruitment Programme offers graduates a paid traineeship, during which time they work across the firm’s practice areas. The majority of Trainee Solicitors who complete the programme are offered a full-time position with A&L Goodbody. Further information on the programme can be found at the following Trainee Opportunities webpage.