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I am from Orkney and studied at the University of Glasgow for both my LLB and the diploma in legal practice. Although Aberdeen is closer to home, I’d never stayed here prior to my traineeship. I am very pleased to say both Aberdeen and Stronachs have turned out to be great places to live and work respectively.

Being a very well-established and reputable firm in the North-East, I applied to Stronachs with the hope that if I was given a place, there would be opportunities to train in a range of practice areas. I had some inklings as to the area of work I would like to go into but I was not completely set on where I wanted to be.

My interview took me by surprise as the focus was wider than I had expected, I remember hearing myself talking about my interest in fiddle music at some length. Whilst I was appropriately nervous I was given a fair opportunity to speak about my hopes and why I wanted the position.

Whilst Stronachs is a sizeable firm, I found the early days manageable - we were made to feel very welcome, being introduced to everyone and treated to lunch with the second year trainees on the first day. This was a really valuable chance to relax and hear about their experiences so far. They were also very quick to get us up to speed on one of Stronachs’ traditions – the Trainee Sketch – which takes place every year at the Christmas party. As terrifying as this initially sounded, we did all survive (the show was a hit) and it turned out to be a great way to get to know the other trainees as well as a source of much amusement over the lunch breaks running up to Christmas as we rehearsed and rustled up costumes.

There was a strong message from the outset that the relationship between the firm and its trainees is a reciprocal one: we were told that although you are working for us, we very much want this to work for you. In addition to the compulsory review meetings, we are given check-ins with both our supervisors during our seats and with Anna, our HR and Training Manager. We are given the opportunity to give and receive feedback, ask questions and discuss any areas of work we would like to focus on. The meetings are relaxed and informal and have been useful for reflecting on progress so far. Where you express an area you are interested in, you are accommodated as far as possible.

My first seat was in the Private Client department. From the outset the team invested time into giving constructive, detailed feedback as well as getting me up to speed with the basics involved in working in the office. The variety of work gave me a good insight into all aspects of practice. Our seats rotate every six months and in March I moved to Commercial Property and Agriculture. I was given the opportunity to assist with an exciting transaction early on in this seat. I really enjoyed being involved and felt I benefited from being given more responsibility. One of the things I have really valued whilst training here is the open plan set up at the new offices. You are given a feel for how the department operates and surrounded by people who are very willing to support you. There is not a single person here who is not approachable.

Stronachs has a structured approach to CPD offering a great deal of seminars internally, which give valuable insight into the work that goes on within other departments. There are also weekly seminars lead by the corporate team which focus on current issues in practice.

The firm has a busy social calendar. Whether it be a charity cycle, run, row, pub quiz, bowling night there’s always something to look forward to. As trainees we are given the opportunity to join the Social and Charities Committee and I’ve really enjoyed working on something different and getting to know others from across the firm.

I feel very lucky to be able to say I am really enjoying my traineeship and that the rumours are true - I think I am learning far more than I did at Uni!

Chambers UK 2018

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