From back left to right: Victoria Guild, Vicki Alexander, Stephen O’Hare, Scott Milne (Joint Managing Partner), Colin Graham (Chairman), Emily Flett
From front left to right: Katy Williams, Kirsty Waughman, Katie Fulton, George McLaughlin and guide dog Millie.
Eight new trainees start their career with Thorntons
Scottish law firm Thorntons has appointed eight recruits for its traineeship programme this month.
The new recruits will undertake a two-year traineeship and will shadow senior staff across Thorntons’ 10 offices. They will learn from a comprehensive programme, which reaches across many of Thorntons' specialist teams, and will develop their legal and client communication skills.
Scott Milne, Joint Managing Partner at Thorntons, said: “Investing in training and development of our people demonstrates our investment in the future of our business, as well as the legal profession as a whole.
“Our renowned trainee programme has developed significantly over the course of many years. Thanks to our diverse range of clients and work, our trainees receive the opportunity to gain crucial experience in the widest possible range of legal specialities.
“Developing our own highly-skilled people is very much part of our growth strategy and will improve our overall client experience. It also helps upskill our existing team because none of us ever stop learning, regardless of our level.”
The eight trainees for 2017 are Vicki Alexander, Emily Flett, Katie Fulton, Victoria Guild, George McLaughlin, Stephen O’Hare, Kirsty Waughman and Katy Williams. This year’s trainees come from all across Scotland including Glasgow, Dundee, Perth, Kinross, Inverness, Anstruther and Ayrshire.
Katy Williams, trainee at Thorntons, said: “From work experience eight years ago to starting a traineeship with Thorntons in 2017, I am very excited about beginning my career with the firm that inspired my choice of profession.
“As a full service firm Thorntons is able to offer its trainees the opportunity to gain a wide variety of experience and knowledge through giving them responsibility and including them in interactions with clients from the start. I have already learnt a great deal and have found that no question is ever too silly.”
Thorntons has offices in Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Cupar, Anstruther, Kirkcaldy, Arbroath, Montrose and Forfar.
Scott continued: “As well as developing their legal skills, the new recruits will also receive guidance in the importance of exemplary client care and strong communication – something Thorntons takes great pride in.
“We believe this is one of the most varied and comprehensive traineeships in the sector. Our eight new trainees will enjoy a strong foundation for the start of a career in the legal profession. We hope that many will continue their career development with the firm upon completion.”