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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.

Prior to beginning my traineeship at Stronachs, I studied law at the University of Aberdeen. I found Aberdeen to be a great place to live, and was delighted when Stronachs offered me a traineeship starting in September 2014.

Although I was nervous on my first day, it helped that I had met the other new trainees in advance, and that everyone went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. During the first week there was a firm-wide social event, and everyone from support staff to the partners made an effort to talk to us and to get to know us.

I studied Law with European Legal Studies at the University of Aberdeen and applied for a traineeship with the firm during my diploma in legal practice. I was initially attracted to the firm due to its size and reputation within the North East of Scotland. I attended a student presentation from the firm at the University of Aberdeen where I had an opportunity to meet with various members of staff. It was after this event that I felt that the firm might be a good fit for me because everyone I met was so personable and friendly.

When I was accepted for an interview I was of course nervous. However, when I met with one of the partners, James Downie, I felt at ease immediately. James did not make me feel intimidated or interrogated. He seemed genuinely interested in finding out what sort of person I was and whether or not I would be a good fit for the firm. My first interview was followed up by a second interview with James and Ewan Neilson and again I left with a very positive attitude towards the firm so was clearly delighted when they offered me a traineeship.

I joined Stronachs as a trainee in 1994 and I’m still here. I am not alone in the firm in being someone who joined straight from university and then progressed through the ranks and into the partnership. I am now a partner in our Energy Team.

You might ask me:

Are you lethargic?

Are you unambitious?

Are you happy to sit at a desk in Aberdeen?

Are you happy to forego the chance to carry out high value, high quality City of London work?

The answer to all of these question is a resounding “NO!

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