Rollos – A Complete Traineeship

Jack Macpherson, our newly qualified Solicitor outlines his traineeship experience with Rollos!

Securing an NQ position with Rollos was the ideal way to top off a diverse and engaging traineeship experience. I joined Rollos in 2017 as a paralegal while completing the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at Dundee University. For anyone looking to secure a traineeship in the future, I would highly recommend applying to firms for paralegal or legal secretary positions first. Nothing prepares you for the daily tasks required of a trainee than first hand firm experience. By seeing the inner workings, it will also give you clarity on whether a legal career is for you. I was delighted to be offered a training contract with Rollos in May 2018 and my familiarity with the Firm allowed me to hit the ground running.

Rollos offer a unique traineeship involving a great blend of independence, trust and guidance. Being a small to medium sized, rural based firm meant that I was immediately involved in transactions across a range of areas from civil court actions, conveyancing and private client to company and commercial work. Trainees are expected to shoulder significant responsibilities complimented by excellent guidance and advice from Partners and senior members of staff. The exposure to such a wide variety of legal fields means that by the end of two years, you are well aware of where your skills and abilities are best utilised.

In my first year I was asked to help with the annual Will Aid campaign which involved meeting with clients, taking their instructions and drafting. Client contact within the first few months of my traineeship gave me tremendous confidence and has been invaluable for my progression, particularly when compared to a number of city law firms where trainees may not be expected to lead client meetings until post qualification. Rollos place considerable trust in their trainees to deliver efficient and quality work and such a business model is conducive to producing confident and well-rounded young solicitors in Fife.

Having qualified into the Company and Commercial department earlier this year I am relishing the challenges ahead and remain eager to continue my development with Rollos. If you are interested in a traineeship with Rollos or want to find out more about life in a rural law firm, please do get in touch.

Jack Macpherson

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