Private Client Trainee - Immediate Start

Gibson Kerr
Contract Type
Practice Area
Private Client
1st Year - £19,000 + bonus
We are seeking to recruit a trainee solicitor for our personal law (private client) department in Edinburgh with a view to keeping the trainee on, post qualification.

Job Description

Gibson Kerr is a long established, central Edinburgh, legal practice with a good client base, specialising in family law, personal law (private client) and residential conveyancing and estate agency. The business is a three partner firm, with four other qualified solicitors and a trainee solicitor.   We operate from two offices in north central Edinburgh.

Job Description

The traineeship will solely be focused on personal law work, and the trainee will have the opportunity to deal with a varied case load including will and power of attorney drafting, executry administration, including some personal taxation, and assisting with power of attorney administration for elderly/ vulnerable clients and trust drafting and administration. 

As part of a small team, the trainee will work under the supervision of the department partner and senior solicitor, but will be given the opportunity of client contact at an early stage.  This is an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to develop their career within a supportive environment. 

The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, bright and cheerful – someone with good rapport with clients and colleagues.  They will be hardworking, confident and prepared to take responsibility for their actions.  A willingness to promote the services of the business when suitable opportunities arise is important.  Our preference is for someone who lives in Edinburgh or within easy commuting distance of our office.  

Qualifications and Skills:            

  • Law Society of Scotland Entrance Certificate
  • Ability to use own initiative
  • Ability to handle caseload
  • Pleasant and outgoing manner with the public, both on the phone and in face-to-face meetings
  • Experience in a client facing/customer service role would be beneficial
  • Computer Literate – MS Word, Internet, Excel (basic), email
  • Touch Typing (preferred)


  • To undertake duties of a personal law trainee solicitor.   
  • To effectively use the case management system in production of legal documents and letters.
  • To liaise with clients and other solicitors in connection with legal matters.
  • To provide general administrative and client/colleague support as necessary.  We are a small firm and every staff member must be willing to help with whatever needs to be done.  
  • To learn and develop office administrative procedures to ensure smooth and reliable flow of work through office.                                                                                                                                     

Supervisor: Lindsay Maclean

Job Purpose: To carry out legal work under supervision with a view to being admitted as a solicitor in Scotland.

Standard expected:                    

  • Must abide at all times by the ethical code applicable to Scottish solicitors. In particular must keep all information relating to clients strictly confidential, must not voice criticism of other solicitors/organisations to clients/public and must be aware of restrictions on touting for business. 
  • Must be dressed and groomed suitably for the job in hand.

Conditions of Employment: 

  • Office hours are 8.30am till 5pm, Monday to Friday with one hour per day for lunch.
  • We do not take any public holidays, apart from 2 days at each of Christmas and New Year, plus Easter Monday. Five weeks paid annual leave is given.
  • Law Society recommended scale salary.  Staff Pension Scheme.
  • We operate a firm bonus system which the trainee will participate in.

Applicant Profile

  • Enthusiastic, bright and cheerful – someone with good rapport with clients and colleagues.
  • Good team player, with ability to work on their own where necessary. Must have a genuine desire to develop a career in personal law.
  • Must be prepared to take responsibility for the way their actions impact on the performance of the office as a whole.
  • Must be prepared to perform all aspects of the job, including administrative duties, conscientiously.
  • Will work under supervision, but must be prepared to take the initiative where appropriate.  Must be willing to assist with business development and go about their business in a confident manner.  

The Purpose of the Interview

This is for us to gain sufficient information about each of the candidates through answers to the questions that we will put to them to assess their suitability for the job. It is also to find out whether the most suitable individual is going to work on the conditions agreed between them and us and that he or she will enjoy and find satisfaction in the job.  The interview may incorporate a test, including a basics computer skills test.

From the candidate’s perspective, the interview is an opportunity to find out more about what the job will involve, the terms and conditions of employment and to ask other questions to enable them to decide whether to accept the position if it is offered to them. 

There may be a second interview.

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