Oil and gas pipesI’m the only Brodies trainee at present doing a traineeship dedicated to one department. This means I will not be moving seats – I’m staying with Oil & Gas team for the whole two years.

One of the main perks of such traineeship is that the panic of not having a clue what you are doing (see Dave Bales on the benefits of a summer placement) is only experienced once! Also, I hope that specialising at an early stage will allow me to assist with a higher level of work more quickly and the experience gained will also mean that I will hit the ground running as an NQ.

So far, I have had a broad range of exposure to service sector work including negotiating and reviewing a wide range of supply chain contracts such as Master Services Agreements, Framework Agreements, Supply Agreements, Standard Terms of Sale and Purchase, Licence Agreements and Confidentiality Agreements for a major international contractor. I have also been providing general advice to clients on service sector contract issues. Furthermore, I have been involved in a due diligence exercise in relation to buyer acquisition of upstream assets, reviewing and drafting transfer and diligence documentation.

Doing a dedicated traineeship does not mean I don’t get exposure to other relevant areas of law. I have recently completed an in-house secondment with a world leading oil & gas service company, working as part of a project management team tasked with carrying out an inter-company transfer of a business. In my time on secondment I provided support to all work-streams with the main focus on commercial and legal. For example, I carried out extensive contract reviews, prepared assignment notifications and novation agreements and dealt with general legal queries. I completely agree with Clare Devlin (Going on secondment) that secondments allow you to gain a practical understanding of the client’s business and you can then use your industry knowledge to deliver a better service to clients – and that’s what we’re here for!

I have truly enjoyed working with the Oil & Gas team and can’t wait for the challenges ahead of me in the next 15 months!

Brodies Trainees

Recruiting, retaining and training the best legal talent is fundamental to the success of our business. A traineeship at Brodies will provide you with the right skills base to develop your career. It will equip you with the legal expertise and acumen necessary to become a solicitor who can provide the legal service our clients are looking for. Find out more at
Brodies Trainees

Latest posts by Brodies Trainees (see all)