1. Friendly working environment
The relaxed, friendly and helpful working environment has definitely been one of the highlights for me throughout my time at Morton Fraser. Although everyone keeps their head down and gets on with their work, I haven't come across anyone yet who isn't happy to take some time out to explain something further or provide a few words of wisdom if you're stuck. With a range of expertise at Morton Fraser and having those more experienced and knowledgeable keen to spend time with and assist trainees, it's something that is very encouraging. Obviously, you try your best not to ask the same question more than once but if you require assistance or don't understand something, there is always someone who is only too happy to help.
2. Various opportunities
There are number of different opportunities available to the trainees of Morton Fraser in terms of seat rotations and working in different divisions. For me I think the highlight has to be the possibility of being sent on secondment for one of the four seats. I was lucky enough to be offered a secondment and, for my third seat, I was sent to work directly for one of our banking clients for six months. My secondment was a rewarding experience for a variety of different reasons and I am glad that I was able to experience this during my traineeship. Not only was my legal knowledge increased through my exposure to a range of banking products and bespoke documentation, but it also gave me hands-on experience of working closely with and developing strong, professional relationships with clients. At first, the idea of being sent out by myself to work day-to-day with one of our clients for six months was a daunting prospect. However, having completed my six month stint, I can honestly say that I loved every minute of it and a secondment is certainly an experience I would recommend to anyone and something I would do again.
3. Social culture
Whether it is Friday after-work drinks, hockey training, charity nights or our annual BBQ, there is rarely a week that goes by where there is not something for people to get involved in. The social culture at MF is great and given that our trainee year get on particularly well, this has certainly contributed to my enjoyment of the last few years. In fact, the second years have a weekend away booked at the end of August to celebrate crossing the line and saying goodbye to the 'Trainee Solicitor' tag line in our email signatures. With the hard work as an NQ just about to begin, I am certainly looking forward to celebrating our last weekend as trainees!