Our summer placement programme is the perfect introduction to the workings of the firm. We are always looking to recruit the best talent, and offer a variety of legal and non-legal placements.

Our legal placement application process for summer 2022 is now open. If you’re interested in applying for a placement based in Scotland or London, please follow the below link:

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All successful applicants will have the opportunity to be fast-tracked to traineeship recruitment for either 2023 and 2024 traineeships.

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on 6 January 2022.

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Legal Summer Placements: What to expect

Who can apply?

Our legal summer placements are open to law students in third year LLB and above (Scotland) and second year law students and above (England and Wales) who are interested in taking up a traineeship following their graduation.

What does it involve?

This is a paid placement, consisting of a four-week placement in a single legal team (see our list of departments as examples), either in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen or London. A summer placement is an excellent way to experience the reality of life in a commercial law practice and you could potentially get fast-tracked entry into our graduate recruitment process. You can expect workshops, and training and networking opportunities with other students and legal professionals. The work that a summer student may be involved in can include conducting legal/primary research, looking up case law and developing appropriate briefing notes, accompanying lawyers to client meetings and taking minutes of the meeting for future reference, correspondence work, court running, precognitions, drafting and preparing presentations.

Application process

After completing the application form, successful candidates will be invited to complete online assessments, which will include verbal and numerical testing. If candidates pass the online testing stage, they will be invited to a second stage. The second stage will consist of an individual case study exercise followed by a panel interview. During the case study exercise, candidates will have 30 minutes to read the case study and prepare a response to the scenario provided. Candidates will then be required to present their finding to the interview panel where they may also be required to answer questions on the case study. A traditional interview will follow the case study presentation. The second stage of the recruitment process will take around 1 hour 30 minutes.

Please note we offer a guaranteed interview to any disabled applicant who meets the minimum criteria for any vacancy. If you believe you qualify for a guaranteed interview, please complete and return this form to Carlyn Meaney

Why should you apply?

We know how important your career is. It is, after all, your big chance to fulfil both your professional and personal ambitions. That’s why we believe in giving everyone, whether in legal roles or management services, a fully-rounded experience, one that has its fair share of hard work and good fun.

  • We are a dynamic, forward-thinking firm where a team atmosphere is fostered and encouraged.
  • We are specialists in chosen fields across the firm, providing the opportunity to work with people at the top of their profession.
  • We have a variety of high-quality legal work and an impressive client list.
  • We offer the opportunity to be fast-tracked into trainee programme

Management Services Summer Placements

Who can apply?

We work with our IT, Facilities, Finance, HR and Marketing and Business Development departments to create paid placements with the firm.

If this is of interest, please submit your CV and covering letter to Carlyn Meaney