Business services

  • Why work for Business Services in a law firm?

    We want every one of our colleagues, and anyone looking for a new role, to think of our firm as an employer of choice. The strategic plans prepared by each of our business services teams have this ambition at their heart. Every role at Brodies has a purpose and we are committed to providing opportunities for skill and career development as well as ensuring everyone is rewarded fairly for the contribution they make.

  • Can I apply speculatively?

    Yes, you can send your CV to [email protected] and we'll consider you for any vacant roles. If there aren't any, your details will be kept on file and we'll contact you should a suitable role arise.

  • Will I receive any training/personal development?

    Yes. We are committed to ensuring that our colleagues get the support they need so that they can be successful in their current role, or if they are looking to make the next step in their careers. Visit our progression & development page to find out more. 

Early careers

Newly qualified solicitors

  • What does Brodies look for in NQ candidates?

    Understanding and living our values is important as they underline the behaviours we expect from all our colleagues.

  • What advice would you give to a second-year trainee applying for NQ roles?

    Take time to reflect on your traineeship. Think about what you enjoyed. Don't be afraid to get in touch with lawyers already working in the area you are interested in to find out more about the team and the work you'd be involved in. Click here for our top five tips for making your application stand out.

  • Do I need to have completed a seat in the area that I'm interested in applying for?

    No, just let us know in your application why you are drawn to this specialism and think about the transferrable skills you have that make you the right person for the role.

  • How do I apply for an NQ role at Brodies?

    Our main NQ recruitment drive usually launches in the spring, however we regularly have opportunities for junior lawyers. Click here to view our current vacancies.

  • What can I expect from the NQ recruitment process?

    Recruitment for newly qualified lawyers usually involves a short written assessment and up to two interviews with the recruiting partner and another senior member of the team. Our interviews aim to give you the opportunity to find out more about the role you are applying for, the team and the wider firm, as well as an opportunity for us to find out about you. Our interviews are relaxed in style and conversational as we believe this will allow you to perform to the best of your ability.

  • What support can I expect to receive as I move into an NQ Role?

    All our NQs are allocated a dedicated mentor who provides invaluable support as you transition into your NQ role. You'll have regular meaningful conversations with your line manager to discuss objectives, support and training and to identify any opportunities to help you progress. Our firm-wide training programme is designed to help our lawyers develop key business skills and enhance their legal knowledge. This comprehensive training programme is tailored to colleagues at the different stages of their career. Bespoke team training is also provided.

  • What's the social life like at Brodies?

    We have a variety of networks, committees and clubs to enable colleagues to come together as a community and to make it easy to get to know people across the firm. Our Colleague Networks – carers', multicultural, parents', Pride, women's and younger colleagues' - give colleagues a collective voice to enable positive change. Our climate, environment, and sustainability group also champions change, helping colleagues and the firm to take real positive actions towards improving the sustainability of our working practices, work environment and individual lives. Care is our charitable initiative, for which colleagues can join the committee. Socially, our colleagues enjoy our golf society, running and rounders clubs, and Yoga and Pilates classes.

  • Can I apply speculatively?

    Yes, you can send your CV to legal[email protected] and we'll consider you for any vacant roles. If there aren't any, your details will be kept on file for six months and we'll contact you should a suitable role arise.

Summer placements

Traineeships

  • I'm worried I don't have any legal work experience; will this disadvantage me?

    We don’t expect you to have lots of legal experience – but that doesn’t mean you don’t have the qualities we’re looking for. Remember to include part-time work, sports activities, or hobbies and interests, particularly ones where you learned or applied skills that would be useful for a lawyer to have, strong communications skills, being prepared and organised, being self-motivated and resilient.

  • What makes a traineeship contract application stand out?

    Wendy Murphy our Graduate Engagement manager shares her top tips in this blog

  • What is the firm’s policy on hybrid working for trainees?

    Learning from the expertise of colleagues is such an important part of your development as a trainee and there is no better place to do that than within the office environment, surrounded by opportunities to hear your colleagues speaking to clients or taking 10 mins to grab a coffee while they explain a complicated technical matter to you is so important. So, most of your time will be spent in the office, we all recognise the benefits of a home working day when we can get our heads into larges pieces of work with less distractions. The norm for our trainees is 3-4 days office based 1-2 days home working per week.

  • How is the firm trying to facilitate diversity and inclusion amongst it's trainee group?

    Within graduate recruitment we have many successful initiatives in place to encourage diversity across the trainee group. Our early careers PRIME programme supports students from lower socio-economic backgrounds and provides work experience during school years and mentoring during university years. PRIME alumni have successfully returned to us as interns and trainees following their studies. We also partner with Scottish Ethnic Minority Lawyers Association (SEMLA) and Black Professionals Scotland to offer internships to their student members; we have future trainees joining the firm over the next few years that completed the SEMLA programme.

Get in touch

Contact a member of our People Engagement team to find out more.

Kirstie Maclennan

People Engagement Director


Ashley McPartlin

Head of Inclusion & Diversity


Suzanne Ross

Senior People Engagement Manager


Wendy Murphy

Graduate Engagement Manager


Emma Newlands

Health & Wellbeing Manager


Hannah Brown

People Engagement Manager


Irene McTavish

Secretarial Engagement Manager


Nicole Ferry

People Engagement Advisor


Rachael Lang

People Engagement Advisor


Deborah Brannigan

People Engagement Assistant


Fiona Catherine

People Engagement Assistant


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