A pinstripe suit is no longer a security blanket
EMMA Timoney is opening her own solicitor's practice in her native Clonmel just days after Budget 2013.
The 30-year-old qualified in 2011 and had a two-year apprenticeship. Job opportunities are scarce and she said around a quarter of her class of 63 students in Blackhall in Cork have emigrated.
"I'm looking forward to setting up on my own, although with a little bit of apprehension. My knowledge of the law is as good as anybody else's and I'm right up to date with everything. There's nothing else I'd rather be doing."
Emma said her business will largely rely on the general public and if they were struggling that would "inevitably" have a knock-on effect on her.
"Gone are the days of the pinstripe suit and a shiny nameplate securing your future," she said.
"The legal profession like many others, has had to reassess and must continue to do so.
"We need to relate at a human level and if this means adjusting our fees accordingly, well then let's see how we can achieve that balance."
On a personal level, Emma said the exemption from property tax for first-time buyers would "certainly make me look more seriously at purchasing my own home this year".
"I hope that this will also stimulate some movement in the much forgotten world of conveyancing," she added.
Irish Independent Supplement