In order to provide an insight into the life of a trainee at Morton Fraser and to settle any first day nerves, we've written a short blog about what to expect when you step foot into the office. We have written this blog during COVID-19, so some elements may have changed by the time you commence your traineeship.
The first week of your traineeship consists of mainly induction training, after which you'll join your team. Your traineeship will be divided into four seats, typically six month in each of four divisions: Corporate, Commercial Real Estate, Private Client and Litigation.
Beth spent her first 6 months in the Family Law team which is part of Private Client: 'I was really excited to start in the department as I had enjoyed Family Law during my undergraduate degree and I had taken it as an elective during my diploma. The work I undertook as part of the team was varied and interesting: it was definitely not just photocopying or getting cups of coffee! On my first week with the team I was thrown straight into the deep end and attended a hearing at the Court of Session with my supervisor, where I took notes and observed a hearing. Over the six months I gained a huge amount of experience in the visits I made to both the Court of Session and the Sheriff Court and from the different solicitors and advocates I worked with.'
Anna began her traineeship in the Agricultural and Rural Property team, again in Private Client: 'Admittedly this was not an area of law I had ever considered or studied. My trepidation about training in an area that I was so unfamiliar with quickly eased once I met my team and was introduced to the type of work I would be involved in. No one day was the same in this seat, and I thoroughly enjoyed the variety of work and responsibility I was given. The work varied from assisting in the sale of farmland values in the £millions to delving into titles older than me. Being exposed to such variation of clients and work allowed me to develop skills that I have taken with me to my following seats in the Construction and Corporate teams.'
We can both testify to the fact that your colleagues are there to help and want to see you succeed - rest assured you are not expected to know everything from day one. It can seem daunting to start with, but remember that everyone starts their career as a trainee! As long as you arrive enthusiastic and willing to get stuck in, you will gain great experience from your time at Morton Fraser. As the saying goes, you get out what you put in!
Your traineeship also extends far beyond your desk! There are many networking and social events, including Friday drinks, Marie Curie's "Property Rocks" fundraiser and the infamous Morton Fraser Burns Supper where the 1st year trainees organise everything from the entertainment down to the haggis. You will also get the opportunity to take part in any fundraising events to raise money for our charity of the year. Within the first week of joining the firm we were walking 26 miles in the Kilt Walk.
You only get to "train" once, and so don't hesitate to ask the questions you may have, be curious and be hungry to learn. It seems clichéd, but we can both testify to the fact that during your traineeship you really do learn something new every day!
We hope this has provided a quick insight to a traineeship with Morton Fraser. The traineeship application deadline closes at 5pm on Thursday, 29 October. Good luck!