The University of Glasgow Law Fair will take place on Wednesday 9th October 2013 from 10.30 - 15.00 in the Hunter Halls, Main Building.
If you would like to know more about the fair, or have any other enquiries, please contact Mrs Lorna Brown.
Below is a list of the organisations who attended last year.
Brodies is a top-quality, client-focused, leading UK commercial law practice delivering the highest level of legal services to a strong UK public and private sector client base, with an international perspective and delivery capability. With 62 partners and approaching 500 staff across its offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the firm is a major presence in the Scottish market and celebrates rated expertise in its core business areas of real estate, corporate, banking and finance, IT, employment, litigation and private client law - rated "Top Tier" in 11 key practice areas in the leading legal directories, in which we are also home to some of the country's leading experts.
At Brodies you can expect to work in an environment that is challenging and rewarding. You will get exposure to quality clients and some of Scotland's leading lawyers.
Recruiting, retaining and training the best legal talent is fundamental to the success of our business. We do not seek to hire a 'typical' Brodies lawyer but instead place a huge amount of importance in securing people who clearly demonstrate great potential for the future.
A traineeship at Brodies will provide you with the right skills base to develop your career. It will equip you with the legal expertise and acumen necessary to become a solicitor who can provide the legal service our clients are looking for. During your traineeship you will experience work in a minimum of three business areas and you will work from both our Edinburgh and Glasgow offices.
We have seats in Litigation, Employment, Property, Corporate and Private Client. Through these departments you can gain exposure to specialisms such as Banking, IP/IT, Construction, Projects and Family Law. All of our trainees are expected to do seats in Property which is our largest, market leading department. You will also have access to a quality IT system that exploits IT to meet the needs of the clients and the firm.
Where better than a summer placement at Brodies to give you hands on experience of working in a commercial law firm!
A summer placement at Brodies is an excellent opportunity for you to experience the inner workings of our firm. It will allow you a greater understanding of our business, our values, our culture and our people. It will also give you the opportunity to experience, first hand, the quality of our work and the range of top quality clients that we act on behalf of.
Many students look upon summer placement schemes as the ideal opportunity to "test-drive" a number of firms that they are considering applying to for a traineeship. We understand this and we also understand that deciding where to train is a big decision so we've designed our summer placement scheme with this in mind.
Our summer placement programme gives you a chance to spend time in one of our market leading departments. You will be given the opportunity to become involved in quality work, legal research and gain exposure to great expertise.
We believe it is important for you to get a realistic picture of life at Brodies and as a result we will set up a number of opportunities to network with some of our current trainees. During your placement you will be based in one department. However, we also want you to hear about all of our different departments and the different work that they do. You will get the chance to do this at the "Learning Breakfast" sessions and there you can gain a broader exposure to the business.
We want you to get the best out of your summer placement which is why we will assign you a mentor within your department. They will be on hand to guide you through the placement, answer your questions and assist you with key tasks. As part of your placement your mentor will set a research project. This will help you use some of the skills you have already learned at University as well as provide us with some beneficial legal knowledge!
Burness is one of Scotland's Premier Law Firms, with a first class client base across both public and private sectors. Developing our people throughout their careers is an unwavering commitment and integral to the establishment of our first class team. We have offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, with 40 Partners and over 230 Employees.
A traineeship at Burness will provide you with excellent legal and business knowledge. Our legal trainees spend their two-year training period gaining experience in a number of areas. Generally, a trainee will work in four different departments for a period of six months each. We run two sets of six week summer placements from June until August in each of our offices. You will spend two three week placements in two of our three core business areas: Corporate, Dispute Resolution or Property and Construction and Projects.
At Clifford Chance, we pride ourselves on combining the highest global standards with local expertise. Our business strategy is underpinned by the drive to provide our clients with a world class service. The 'one firm' global business model that we pioneered continues to stand out in the marketplace; we are still the only non-franchise law firm with a substantial footprint in all four of the world's major markets.
Many of the world's leading organisations look to Clifford Chance not just for legal expertise but for advice on business critical issues and market opportunities. We participate and advise at the highest level of government, business and regulation. Our corporate responsibility programme is the most comprehensive in the industry and something we take extremely seriously as a fundamental part of our commercial life.
Sharing know-how across borders and jurisdictions, building teams of specialist sector-focused lawyers, innovative thinking in terms of products and services, investing in only the most talented people, promoting best practice across all layers of the business, recognising that there is always more that we can do for our clients... these are just some of the reasons why Clifford Chance has become known as one of the world's most highly regarded, forward-thinking and influential law firms.
CMS Cameron McKenna
CMS is the leading European provider of legal and tax services. CMS Cameron McKenna is the UK-headquartered member of CMS with 10 offices in the UK and Central and Eastern Europe. The firm has 122 Equity Partners and employs over 1,000 fee earners in total.
Our lawyers provide advice across all types of commercial law; banking and finance, competition, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, employment & pensions, environment, immigration, intellectual property, private equity, public procurement, real estate and tax.
With our focus on client service, we were one of the first law firms to embrace the need to also structure our business along industry sector group lines. We have eight industry sector groups; consumer products, energy, hotels & leisure, infrastructure & project finance, insurance and funds, lifesciences, real estate & construction and technology, media & telecoms.
Our practice and sector group matrix enables us to develop a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ businesses and markets and to constantly deliver sound and commercially relevant advice from any of our 10 offices. We focus on relationships, not deals, and we are considered more approachable and accessible than many of our competitors. Our clients tell us they like working with us and that we’re often seen as the human face of the law.
As a major law firm, we have responsibilities that extend beyond our client work. We are transparent about our approach to environmental management and we are proud of our community schemes across all of our offices.
Our achievements have been recognised with recent awards, including being named by The Sunday Times as one of the 100 Best Companies To Work For 2009 and by The Lawyer HR Awards 2009 where we received the Award for Excellence in Training.
Dickson Minto specialises in all areas of corporate and commercial property law. Established in 1985, the firm through its offices in London and Edinburgh, has grown substantially and handles a wide range of corporate transactions. The firm deals with transactions of all sizes and complexity for its clients, which include private companies, listed companies, banks and financial institutions.
Dickson Minto continues to expand and, through its emphasis on the recruitment and intensive training of high quality staff, it has been able to maintain and continues to provide a flexible service, responsive and dedicated to the needs of its clients.
Our firm undertakes a wide range of personal injury, employment and other work in both the Court of Session and the Sheriff Courts. Our teams are organised in departments based on the type of work, offering the client a more tailored service from expert lawyers with in-depth knowledge of their field. It also enables the qualified fee earner to develop specialist strength. If specialism and expertise is what you are looking for, please read on.
We pride ourselves on organising regular in house training courses on a wide range of legal subjects, as well as topics such as finance and personal development. On average, our trainees receive an impressive average of 60 hours of Continued Professional Development hours per year- double the minimum required under the Law Society's new PEAT 2 requirements.
As part of this, training you will be guided through cases and the court processes. As your skills develop you will be given responsibility for a number of cases and supported through these by a partner or associate. The training focuses not only on legal knowledge but very much on developing business and commercial aptitude, such as time keeping, prioritising workload, negotiation skills and people skills.
In addition to the Law Society of Scotland quarterly reviews, you will take part in the firm’s staff development review process involving bi-annual appraisals and the development of an action plan which you can work through supported of your colleagues.
The people we want
We want individuals who feel that they can commit to our values. This is increasingly relevant as our values are at the heart of what we do and how we work. The desire to be a litigator is essential – it’s what we do and we do it well. Impressive academic results are important however, we also need people who have common sense, initiative, an ability to deal well with people from all walks of life and a positive determination to succeed. When we take a trainee on, our goal is very much on them becoming a newly qualified lawyer for us two years down the line. We like to grow and develop our own talent.
With more than 3,700 lawyers in 65 offices in 25 countries, we help companies around the world succeed by meeting their legal needs wherever they do business. We know that, in order for our advice and solutions to be effective, we need to engage completely with our clients to fully understand their businesses and their deeper legal needs. This means taking a long-term view and investing in relationships as well as in our own people, processes, and services.
Our clients include local, national, and global companies across a wide range of sectors, ranging from emerging businesses to some of the leading national and multinational companies.
Dundas and Wilson
Dundas & Wilson is a commercial law firm highly rated by clients as well as by Chambers and Legal 500 directories. Our clients value our determined focus. They rely on the quality of our advice and instruct us to oppose, work with or on panels alongside major London firms. They choose us time and again because we work tirelessly to deliver the right results at the right value.
We want you to get the most out of your traineeship and help you develop and progress. During your traineeship you will have the opportunity of a structured review meeting every three months so that you are clear about what we expect of you as well as providing you with a forum to discuss your achievements, and any areas for development.We want to help you make the most of your skills and attributes and will do all we can to assist you by providing a high standard of training and development. To help you settle in during your first few weeks you will be given a thorough induction into the workings of Dundas & Wilson.
A summer placement is a great opportunity to gain an insight into a career as a lawyer and the work of D&W. It will also allow you to work with talented lawyers and to put your university theory into practice.Placements last for six weeks in Edinburgh and Glasgow, three weeks in London. Summer students will have the opportunity to attend a one day assessment centre if they have had a successful placement. This will take place at the end of their placement and successful participants will be offered a traineeship.
We're determined to "live" our values through our day to day actions and behaviours. The values we share and uphold help to define and reinforce our culture - the way we do things.They bring everyone at DWF together under a common framework which is helping to build one of the most cost effective and highly regarded business law firms in the UK.
We are confident that the way we act and conduct our business is building and strengthening the quality client relationships needed to achieve our business goals which include becoming a top 30 Law Firm by 2012.
A key differentiator for us in terms of our approach is our continued focus on our values, culture, leadership and dialogue to involve and encourage everyone in the firm, regardless of role, seniority or location, to stand behind and actively promote our brand.
The right choice:
•We are proud of our people and the values we share
•Delivering for our clients is at the core of our business
•Business growth will never be at the expense of quality
•The principle of meritocracy is central to our business and culture
•Everything we do is underpinned by dignity and respect
•Consistently living our values is making us different in the marketplace
•We are determined to encourage all our people to play their part
A culture built on a strong set of values:
Faculty of Advocates
The Faculty of Advocates is an independent body of lawyers who have been admitted to practise as Advocates before the Courts of Scotland.It is self-regulating, and the Court delegates to the Faculty the task of preparing Intrants for admission as Advocates.There are over 450 advocates presently in practice at the Bar. There are about 720 advocates altogether, but many of those who are members of the Faculty of Advocates do not practice at the Bar. Further information including how to become an advocate are available on our website.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
We are a leader among international law firms, providing business law advice of the highest quality throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US.With over 2,500 lawyers in 27 key business centres around the world, we provide a comprehensive service to national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments.
If you're still at university when you apply, you will already have proved that you have what it takes intellectually. But what about your ability to deal with the reality of life within a big international law firm? The hours are challenging, the work is difficult and clients and colleagues are demanding. All require a certain amount of mental and physical stamina.So before you apply, ask yourself, 'Am I up to it?'
Gillespie Mcandrew LLP is a full service law firm with 19 Partners and 100 staff. We are an ambitious and forward thinking firm, with a culture that is family friendly and sociable. The firm has recognised strengths in a range of niche expertise across the corporate , commercial, private, charity and property sectors together with litigation, employment, invest,ent management and financial services.
We recruit six trainees per year. Over the course of the two-year traineeship each trainee gains experience of working in four different departments for a period of six months each. The six departments are:
- Commercial property development
- Private Client
- Residential property
- Rural property
Candidates can download an application form from the careers section of the firm's website at:
Government Legal Service for Scotland
Lawyers working with the GLSS and its related offices are engaged on a wide variety of interesting and intellectually challenging work, much of it unique to government. A central theme to much of what goes on in the GLSS is the development and implementation of new law.
Preparation of legislation for both the Scottish Parliament and Westminster forms a large part of the workload. But it also includes handling high profile, sensitive litigation and dealing with novel devolution or other constitutional problems.
The fact that government is the client means that the work of the GLSS is often newsworthy, and it is always necessary to consider political consequences and potential sensitivities or wider implications. Given the nature of the work, the GLSS lawyer has a very influential role and a real opportunity to make a difference.
GLSS lawyers are involved in almost all aspects of government - whether it be resolving legal problems in policy development, operational delivery of services to the public or the smooth running of corporate services. European Union, human rights and devolution law and practice form a constant background to government legal work.
GLSS lawyers may also be seconded to work in policy posts, particularly in areas which relate to legal policy such as the Governments's Justice and Communities Directorates or Constitutional Policy Unit. GLSS lawyers also provide support for public inquiries.
Further information regarding Traineeship and Summer Placement can be found at: www.scotland.gov.uk
Harper Macleod is a full service commercial law firm with a reputation for innovation and a progressive approach to the law. Our structure has been successfully developed to encourage the provision of flexible and tailored legal services to meet the individual needs of our clients.
The work undertaken by the firm is as wide-ranging as our clients, from blue chip Uk and multi-national companies, UK and international financial institutions and local and other public authroities to entpreneurs and small business start-ups.
Harper Macleod has grown rapidly since its inception in 1988. The firm has a complement of some 231 staff (including 41 Partners), with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness.
Traineeships begin in September of each year and are carefully planned and tailored to meet the needs of our trainees and the firm. Traineeships are split between our 3 offices. We offer a diverse and challenging range of opporunties in each of our five departments: Real Estate, Corporate, Litigation, Recoveries and Private Client.
We encourage our trainees to take responsibility and gain client contact as soon as possible. we understand that our trainees are our potential Partners of the future and we are committed to retaining them. We believe in work-life balance, and encourage all our staff to adopt a healthy approach to work.
Most law students find it useful to gain some legal experience before they commence their traineeship, and we would definately recommend doing so. Like a number of other law firms, we offer paid summer placements every year. These placements are offered for the whole summer and there is a good degree of flexibility regarding strat dates, holidays during placement ,and finish dates.
HBJ Gateley Wareing
HBJ Gateley Wareing is a full service national law firm that promotes the commercial interests of companies, individuals and organisations. We offer solutions-driven, flexible and commercial legal advice based on an integrated and partner-led service. We are committed to the communities in which we live and work and actively support the ability of our teams to fulfil their potential.
We are proud of the fact that people drive our business and are the reason why we succeed. Recruiting the right people is therefore a vital part of our business and one of the clearest demonstrations we can make of our commitment to providing clients with the very best service.
For lawyers, paralegals and support staff we offer a rewarding and supportive working environment where people can flourish in eight locations across the UK and in Dubai. We always want to hear from the brightest and best in their field and welcome hearing from you.
We are looking for confident, motivated graduates to start and achieve a satisfying and challenging career with us. You should either have or expect to achieve a 2:1 degree. Additionally, you should have held a position of responsibility at school, college or work. Naturally commercial, you must also possess excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.In return, our training scheme provides a clear route to a rewarding legal career. A structured programme of on-the-job training equips you with the skills required to achieve exciting and rewarding career opportunities. Your training consists of a series of placements in both contentious and non-contentious areas of the law. In each placement you will be guided and supported by experienced senior lawyers. We also provide you with a mentor, someone you can contact on a regular basis to assist you with your training, and above all, a great working environment.
Your training is designed to produce a long and successful future with HBJ Gateley Wareing. We recruit to retain and value the efforts of hard working, team players. If that sounds like you, get in touch.
As one of the leading global law firms, we undertake the most important and challenging assignments for the world's leading companies, financial institutions and governments, helping them to achieve their objectives by solving their most complex and important legal issues.
We build lasting relationships with our clients, and we are committed to supporting them at all times, as they adjust to changes in their markets and the regulatory landscape. The size and shape of our business is determined by our clients and the work we do for them.
We believe that the strength and depth of our practices, our client relationships, our sector approach, the quality of our people and our global platform give us significant competitive advantage.
Our work is divided into three broad divisions for management purposes: Corporate; Finance and Projects; and Commercial. In practice, advising our clients usually involves more than one division.
Maclay Murray & Spens
Maclay Murray & Spens is a full service, independent, commercial legal firm offering legal solutions and advice to clients throughout the UK and beyond. Our objective is to provide a consistently excellent quality of service across our entire service range and from all our offices.
The programme operates over a 2 yearperiod providing you with choices over department preference which we will try to match where possible. You will be asked for your preferred departments and have your seats confirmed during the summer months before you start.
We have 4 offices and trainees are often involved in tasks giving them an opportunity to work in more than one office location. In fact, in Scotland,at least one of your seats will be based in an office other than your home base to give you breadth of experience.
You will work closely with a qualified lawyer who will be on hand to offer guidance and encouragement. Progress is discussed and reviewed at regular intervals and individuals are encouraged to give their own assessment of their performance.
MacRoberts LLP offers a wide range of commercial law services throughout the UK . We specialise in commercial and corporate law with highly trained solicitors providing advice on a wide range of legal areas.
Our legal trainees spend their two-year period gaining experience in a number of areas.
Generally, a trainee will work in four different departments within the Firm for a period of six months. At the end of each thirteen-week period, a review of performance is carried out by the relevant Partner to ensure that individuals are meeting the necessary standard of performance and the trainee is receiving useful feedback.
We invest significantly in the recruitment of our trainees. We aim to attract high calibre graduates who contribute to the success of our business. Academic achievement is important, however, just as important, are your personal characteristics. We look for candidates with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, sound planning and organising skills and the ability to contribute to teamworking.
McClure Naismith is a leading commercial law firm which has built a reputation for excellence in delivering comprehensive, practical legal advice and by providing tenacious and robust representation demonstrating its determination to get results for its clients.
Our values as a legal adviser are to support, protect and represent organisations and individuals through the provision of accurate and effective legal advice. Our values as an employer are to nurture ambition, continuous development and innovation by encouraging and rewarding every member of our staff to act with initiative, commitment and determination.
McClure Naismith continues to invest in and reward individual and team achievements based on talent and hard work and to seek out innovations in technology and management which will ensure we continue to offer the best professional service to clients. Our experience enables us to offer excellent support and assistance for businesses experiencing change and growth. We work for and represent many leading companies and have developed an appreciation and understanding of the commercial objectives driving these companies.
With offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London McClure Naismith is able to advise on all areas of the law in both Scotland and England and, as a result, has the expertise enabling it to advise on cross border matters.
Pinsent Masons is an ambitious firm distinguished by its depth of knowledge, experience and strategic commitment to specialist market sectors. Our pioneering approach to client service, and a sector based approach, has fuelled our rapid growth and expansion with every member of our team contributing to building and sustaining the client relationships that have made us successful.
We are committed to developing the skills and experience of our people and we are very proud of the professional quality of our work coupled, with our clients' loyalty and trust in our teams. Our performance and reputation depend on creating a culture and working environment that attracts and retains the best people. We invest heavily in our people through recruitment, training, policies and supporting systems.
We have a collaborative and collegiate approach to work and it is the mutual integrity, support, trust and flexibility of our teams that allows us to deliver excellent service to clients. We appraise our staff annually, give regular feedback and reward excellent performance by a transparent promotion system which allows for rapid promotion.
There is no one size fits all approach - we reward our people for their hard work and we can offer individuals the levels of responsibility, depth, scope and opportunities to meet their full potential in their chosen career.
Scottish Legal Aid Board
Legal aid for civil and criminal matters is offered by many private firms, specialist law centres and solicitors employed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board. Find out how you can contribute to access to justice for all in your traineeship and career.
Shepherd & Wedderburn
Shepherd and Wedderburn is one of the UK's leading law firms with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Aberdeen. We offer our clients a comprehensive range of expert, tailored legal advice including property, corporate finance, pensions, employment, tax and trusts, and commercial dispute resolution. Our clients are drawn from all areas of industry but we have a particularly strong client base in real estate and construction, energy, financial services and public sector.
We have trainee seats in all four offices. Covering a two year period, divided into four six-month modules, your training will usually cover a minimum of three separate legal disciplines.
The firm is an accredited provider of the PCC course and also holds Investors In People status. We operate a successful mentoring programme to help guide you through your traineeship and our partner mentors are an invaluable source of support and advice.
Slaughter and May
Slaughter and May is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world. We advise on high profile and groundbreaking international transactions and have an excellent and varied client list.
The firm is organised into groups which undertake a general spread of work encouraging lawyers to work on an extensive range of corporate, commercial and financing matters as well as developing an expertise in specialist areas. Much of the work spans the globe with transactions involving not only the firm’s overseas offices but also leading independent law firms in other jurisdictions. The international nature of our practice means that our trainees and associates have the opportunity to work abroad, either in our overseas offices or on secondment with our “Best Friends”.
There are approximately 90 vacancies for trainee solicitors each year. As well as training contracts we also offer work experience placements at Christmas, Easter and during the summer.
Our method of application for training contracts and work experience placements is by way of our online system which can be accessed via our www.slaughterandmay.com.
Stronachs is widely recognised as a highly progressive commercial legal practice operating right at the heart of the North of Scotland economy.
From its offices in Aberdeen and Inverness, Stronachs’ team of over 50 accomplished commercial lawyers, legal experts and support personnel has consistently earned respect for its abilities and extremely high standards of service. We have specialist lawyers in corporate law, energy law, banking and finance law, employment law, commercial property and litigation, and are capable of handling legal problems and transactions of any size and nature.
With high-calibre experts based in Aberdeen but working internationally, Stronachs’ dedicated oil and gas team is one of the best-connected and most effective in the country. This team works closely with international operators, service companies and financial institutions (often at great pace), and has been involved in energy deals worth over $2 billion in the last three years.
As well as its unrivalled knowledge of the North of Scotland business scene, Stronachs also has wide-ranging links with long-term associate law firms in Europe, the United States, South America, Norway, North and South Africa and the Far East, giving it a full international capability when required.
Stronachs is always determined to provide good value, and staff are trained to deliver pragmatic, effective solutions rather than ivory-tower analysis. The firm has grown alongside many of its business clients, and in the process has come to share their entrepreneurial ethos.
The firm is proud to confirm that the bulk of its work comes from direct client recommendation.
The Law Society of Scotland
The Law Society of Scotland is the governing body for Scottish solicitors. It was established by the Legal Aid & Solicitors (Scotland) Act in 1949. The main aims of the Society are set out in the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980. In essence, the Society promotes the interests of the solicitors' profession in Scotland and the interests of the public in relation to the profession.
All practising solicitors in Scotland must be members of the Society and must hold a current Practising Certificate which is issued by the Society.
As one of Scotland’s leading independent law firms, we provide a professional service of the highest calibre, combining technical expertise with commercial awareness.
With over 130 lawyers and paralegals in our Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, we provide a comprehensive legal service in the corporate, commercial and private client sectors. We are organised into 20 teams, bringing together specialist skills in each practice area. Working with other leading practices in the UK, and through Multilaw, we provide clients with a network of associated firms in all the world's major commercial centres.
Turcan Connell is one of Scotland’s leading private client firms with offices in Edinburgh, London and Guernsey. We are ranked within the UK’s top 100 legal firms and act exclusively for private individuals, charities and the owners and managers of land. We provide services from trust and tax to land and property, charity law, family law and employment law. Our Asset Management team also offer a full financial planning and wealth management service including pensions and tax advice.
Described by Chambers UK 2008 as “one of the UK's premier private client firms” and as the “market leader in private client matters” by the recent edition of Legal 500, we have enjoyed continued growth and success over the past 11 years.
Turcan Connell now has 18 partners and a staff of approximately 300 offering a unique combination of skills and expertise.
We are based in modern offices in Edinburgh’s city centre.
Wright, Johnston & MacKenzie
Wright, Johnston and Mackenzie is a 20 partner firm working at the heart of Scottish commercial and corporate life. We prefer the unofficial description of a firm that is growing-fast.
We are growing in our traditional strengths of commercial property, private client, employment, commercial dispute resolution and corporate work. The work where our high business standards, innovative approach, partner-led service and legal excellence means a lot.
We’re growing in niche areas like renewable energy, telecoms and licensing- in some of these areas, we have created the standards for others to follow.
Then, there is the really cutting edge areas. Stuff like IT, new media and biotechnology- work where tomorrow’s technology is being created. Technology that will improve lives.
As a WJM trainee you could be part of this exciting environment.
WJM offers trainees:
- Real responsibility from day one
- Four track training programme
- Quaterly one to one meetings with HR
- Quaterly appraisals and performance reviews with Partners
- A stimulating working environment
- Enhanced training package
- Regular social events