Some people I speak with assume that the central belt is the only or best place to be in Scotland when it comes to learning the skills necessary to practice law. 

However, I chose to move to Inverness in 2022 after having studied at the University of Aberdeen and growing up in the South-West of Scotland. I have worked as a trainee solicitor here since then and I can attest that this presumption could not be further from the truth. Whilst there are obviously, wonderful opportunities across the central belt and in other parts of Scotland, my experience of living and working as a trainee solicitor with Brodies in the Highlands has confirmed to me that there are also very exciting opportunities in the Highlands and, as a trainee solicitor, no shortage of excellent legal practitioners to learn from.

City growth

Inverness is growing at a rapid pace. It has been identified as one of Europe's fastest growing cities. With the city growing and so many projects commencing, exciting legal work and great lawyers are a necessity.

Inverness and the surrounding Highlands and Islands, provides many opportunities for solicitors with an interest in any aspect of law. We have solicitors based in our office here in Inverness who specialise in areas such as intellectual property, rural and natural capital, renewables, personal, family and litigation.

With the city growing, the range of activities available on the doorstep is ever-expanding. There is the ability to go skiing in the Cairngorms, visit the Highland's largest climbing gym or get involved in a range of water sports. As a 'foodie', I personally love the restaurant and café scene.

In terms of networking, an array of events occur in the Highlands each week. Inverness also has a 'young professionals' group which host events throughout the year. Brodies LLP recently hosted our first Inverness Young Professional's event. Around forty attendees joined us for a wellbeing session, followed by a fantastic quiz with a 'Traitors' twist!

Brodies' growth

Brodies LLP is the largest law firm headquartered in Scotland measured by income, directory rankings, and lawyer numbers and the firm is set to continue to grow. I joined the firm's Highlands and Islands office in in December 2023 and have been delighted to have been a part of the Highland office's growth.

My traineeship

Being a part of Brodies in the Highlands makes me feel like I have the best of both worlds. There is the modern structure, technology, and training of a big firm, whilst being based in a smaller office community where we all know and support each other.

During my traineeship to date, I have been given a great level of responsibility whilst being fully supported. I work in the 'Personal and Family Team' and my day-to-day tasks include attending client meetings, drafting various court/legal documents and speaking directly with clients. I also regularly assist colleagues in our other office locations on a remote basis. I feel as though I am constantly learning, but I am not out of my depth. Everyone cares. They care about what they do, they care about their clients, and they care about you as a colleague. Growth is encouraged and success is celebrated (sometimes even with bakery treats)! The modern office and the supportive colleagues make me want to come into the office every day. I'm eager to learn more as my traineeship continues.

The proposition

People love to go to the Scottish Highlands on holiday. The scenery and wildlife are breathtaking and rightfully attracts visitors from across the globe. So why just come here on holiday when you can live here! Brodies encourage work-life balance and Inverness is a great place to enjoy that in.