Where are you from?
I have lived in Aberdeen my entire life.
Where did you study?
I went to school at Bucksburn Academy and then went on to Robert Gordon University to study the LLB and the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. I then decided to study online at the University of Aberdeen to obtain my Masters in General Law during the pandemic.
Why did you apply to RCC&W?
I started working with RCC&W in the Inverurie branch as a Property Assistant whilst studying for my LLB and Diploma. This was a fantastic job to have throughout university as it allowed me to gain continuous practical experience alongside my studies. I was able to gain an insight into life at the firm and its core ethos by attending social events and fundraising activities. The firm is committed to providing professional service to its clients whilst maintaining a healthy work-life balance for its colleagues. All of these factors, together with the firm being well established in Aberdeen city and shire, led me to apply to Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace.
What departments have you worked across?
I am currently in the Court department in Aberdeen. I began working in an administrative role in the department throughout my diploma. This was a good opportunity for me to be introduced to the department and understand the way in which it operates prior to commencing my traineeship. In the Court department no two days are the same. I am enjoying the variety of work as I am being exposed to clients in family law matters, contract disputes and personal injury claims.
How would you describe your experience so far?
Although I am very much in the early stages of my traineeship I am thoroughly enjoying it so far. I instantly felt welcomed into the firm and my department have been very friendly and supportive. It is often slightly daunting putting knowledge obtained in the diploma into practice but working within such a great team quickly subsided all my worries. The Court department is incredibly busy and the fast paced nature of the work is something that appealed to me from the outset. I particularly enjoy working with individuals and being able to see a case from start to finish, obtaining the desired outcome on behalf of the client.
What one piece of advice would you give a future Trainee?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Even as a qualified solicitor you are continually learning and improving your skills throughout your career. Although university might be finished, you will always be learning and evolving in the legal field.