For every legal graduate, starting your traineeship is an exciting yet undoubtedly daunting experience.
The first week will consist of mainly induction training, after which you'll join your team. Your traineeship will be divided into four seats, typically six months in each of our four divisions: Corporate, Commercial Real Estate, Private Client and Litigation.
To provide a better insight into the life of a trainee at Morton Fraser - and to settle any first day nerves - we caught up with some of our current trainees to find out what to expect when expecting to start your traineeship with Morton Fraser.
Rebecca (Asset Protection)
At Morton Fraser you are given a lot of responsibility and independence to work on matters straight away. My first seat was in Asset Protection, in the Private Client Division. Everyone in the team is supportive and encourages you to work autonomously, whilst always being available to answer any questions. Every day truly was a learning day, and this deep-end experience enhanced my confidence and helped me to learn quickly. I gained a lot of experience drafting documents, such as Wills, Powers of Attorney, Deeds of Variation and executry forms. The partners encouraged me to attend many client meetings on a variety of issues. This was a great experience, not only allowing me to enhance my interviewing skills, but to start to build positive relationships with clients which is so important in private client work. Tax planning also forms a large part of the work the team do. Being exposed to tricky tax situations at such an early stage challenges you to think critically and use your knowledge from university to find clever solutions for your clients - I definitely enjoyed the task.
My first seat was within the Banking team. Having had no prior experience in banking and finance law, it was a bit nerve-wracking starting my traineeship in this area. However, I was warmly welcomed by the team and was provided with useful background reading and banking law specific training sessions. From the outset, I felt comfortable asking questions and the team quickly got me involved in assisting with a variety of tasks - drafting security documents, shadowing client meetings, reviewing asset finance contracts, researching consumer finance queries and assisting with cross border finance transactions. Alongside a busy work schedule, trainees are encouraged to get involved with firm social events too. We went for team and trainee drinks, and I joined the Kiltwalk and played football in the Business Fives event to raise money for our Charity of the Year. The sun was shining for both events (thankfully!) and it was a great opportunity to get to know other colleagues in the firm as a new trainee.
Construction was my first seat, and I've continued within the team in my second seat. At first, this was an area of the law I had little awareness - never mind knowledge - of. However, as time has passed, my knowledge has grown, and my skills have developed. I have been heavily involved in transactions with constant client contact. I've also had the opportunity to get involved in the team's business development activities. The nature of the work carried out by the team has also allowed exposure to other areas within the firm. At Morton Fraser, every day really has been a school day.
Most importantly, I have developed relationships with many colleagues and enjoyed a healthy work-life balance. The traineeship experience extends far beyond the office, and not just because of the option of hybrid working. Morton Fraser supports charities and encourages us all to participate in events. I also completed the Kiltwalk and participated in a charity Petanque event (albeit not playing very well) with colleagues from across the firm. There are ample opportunities to socialise which has been much appreciated in times of hybrid working. As a result, my experiences as a trainee have been positive and continue to exceed my expectations.
Caitlin (Real Estate)
Real Estate was a fantastic first seat and my team got me involved in transactions from the get-go. In my first week, I attended a meeting where a lengthy agreement was negotiated, which was extremely exciting! I had great client interaction and the work was extremely varied, working on documents such as leases, extensions, assignations and much more. The great thing about real estate is that it is tangible and walking past a property that you have completed work for "in real life" will never get old. I was involved in transactions relating to several types of property such as retail, offices and industrial estates which provided great exposure to working with different types of businesses.
I joined the Environmental and Social Governance committee and the Charities committee and both have provided an opportunity to contribute to society and meet colleagues across the firm. During the first year of my traineeship, I took part in some great events such as the Lawscot COP26 conference and also walked 23 miles as part of the Kiltwalk to raise money for our charity of the year.
Applications are now open for traineeships commencing in 2024. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 13 October 2022. To apply, see our dedicated page here.
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