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I am originally from Aberdeen but studied both my undergraduate degree and Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow. Like many law students I was not set on a specific area of law, therefore I was keen to apply to a full service law firm to allow me to experience a wide range of departments. Stronachs fitted the bill perfectly of a firm which was of the right size in order to receive high quality work, client contact and a well renowned traineeship.

The interview for the traineeship was very relaxed, I felt that the partners were focused on how I would personally fit in to the firm and there was less pressure on awkward questions or aptitude testing. This further added to my justification that Stronachs was the right place for me.

The Firm’s annual summer barbeque was held on the Friday before the trainees started and was a great opportunity for us to meet our new colleagues in a relaxed, social situation rather than knowing no-one and feeling nervous on day one in the office. It also meant that I met other colleagues in different departments and not just those I would work with in my first seat.

My first seat was in the Commercial Property team where I was given a diverse range of work with plenty of client contact from very early on. Luckily, the two solicitors that I sat next to were more than generous with their time and endeavoured to help me whenever they could on any problems that I had. Stronachs’ trainee seats last for six months allowing you to experience four different departments over the course of your traineeship. While it sounds a generic thing to say, the firm’s open-door policy means that everyone is very approachable and has been very happy to answer any queries that I have had, however trivial!

Training at Stronachs has been a big part of my traineeship, we have twice weekly CPD sessions lead by solicitors, partners, heads of departments and external providers. Although trainees are required to accrue 20 hours non-authorised TCPD by the Law Society, I had already accrued 3 times that by month 9 of my traineeship, showing the huge investment of time in trainee development. Stronachs allows us to choose our 40 hours authorised TCPD, allowing us to pursue our own personal interests rather than being required to take certain courses.

There is a great social aspect to the firm with the annual  BBQ, Quiz Night, Christmas Dinner plus boardroom drinks events. There have also been other events to get involved in ranging from 10K’s, corporate rowing events, 5 a-side internal football matches, 7 a-side football against other law firms to French Boules! Stronachs have pushed us to build our own networks and have allowed me to go on golf days and breakfast meetings during office hours to expand our networks again emphasising their investment in us.

Overall, I would highly recommend a traineeship with Stronachs, the diverse practice areas, constant training and the opportunities and experiences have far exceeded expectations of a traineeship.

Chambers UK 2018

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