Traineeship - Solicitor

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ScottishPower is part of the Iberdrola Group, one of the world's largest integrated utility companies and a world leader in wind energy.

Job Description


We’re the first integrated energy company in the UK to generate 100% green electricity (opens in a new window). Our focus is on wind energy, smart grids and driving the change to a cleaner, electric future and we're investing over £8m every working day to make this happen. We're committed to speeding up the transition to cleaner electric transport, improving air quality and over time, driving down bills - to deliver a better future, quicker for everyone. The Legal Team plays an important role in helping the ScottishPower business to deliver its investment programme, implement its business objectives and continue to contribute to the delivery of our Net Zero goals.   

What you’ll be doing

As a Trainee Solicitor, you will undertake a legal training contract with one of the largest organisations in the UK where you'll embark on our bespoke training contract which meets the requirements of the Law Society of Scotland, allowing you to qualify as a solicitor on successful completion on your traineeship. Throughout the contract, you'll gain hands-on experience and develop a deep understanding of the legal challenges and opportunities within the energy industry. Working alongside various teams you'll engage in meaningful work, supporting our legal team in various legal matters and projects.

You will undertake placements within our three UK businesses (Networks, Renewables and Customer), along with our corporate area and will also have the opportunity to undertake an external secondment. The traineeship will provide you with the opportunity to experience several different legal disciplines including property, planning and environmental law, commercial contracts, construction law, energy regulation, public law, merger and aquisition, energy projects and litigation.

You'll have the unique opportunity to rotate around various businesses, gaining valuable knowledge and experience across the different legal disciplines which are relevant to our business. You will also help to ensure compliance with the governance processes applicable to ScottishPower, including all corporate policies, best practices and information requirements in force throughout the Group, and assist in their implementation and application.

In case you missed it, you'll find more information on our graduate programme on our Graduates Page (opens in a new window).

What you’ll bring

To excel in this role, you'll need an honours degree in Scots law (LL.B.) (or equivalent), demonstrating a strong academic foundation in key legal principles. Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential to effectively engage with stakeholders and contribute to the success of our legal team. An interest in the energy sector, a strong focus on delivering first-class customer service and adding value is also important. You should have a desire to develop your ability to persuade, challenge, influence and build credibility at all levels and within all functions of the organisation. Your passion for law and commitment to excellence will drive your professional growth and contribute to the achievement of our Net Zero goals.

What’s in it for you

As a Trainee Solicitor at ScottishPower, you'll have the opportunity to complete your two-year legal traineeship and qualify as a solicitor on successful completion, while working in a forward-thinking and socially responsible organisation. You'll be part of the energy transition towards Net Zero and contribute to the sustainability of our planet. Alongside a competitive salary, we offer a comprehensive benefits package, including ongoing training and development opportunities, a supportive work environment and the chance to work on cutting-edge projects at the forefront of the journey to Net Zero

Closing date: 7th January 2024*

*We encourage candidates to submit their applications as early as possible as we reserve the right to remove this advert or close it to further applications at any point during the recruitment process.

What happens next

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ link to submit your online application. If you need support with your application or would like to discuss any adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact If you would prefer a call to discuss adjustments let us know by email and we can arrange a call at a time that suits you. 

ScottishPower welcomes applications from candidates of all nationalities. To join the Graduate Programme, you will need to be able to evidence that you hold a valid right to work in the UK prior to commencing in September 2024. Any applicant who is not a citizen of the UK will be subject to compliance with the applicable immigration requirements to legally work in the UK. If/when required, the Company will support the employee with the necessary immigration requirements. Review our FAQs (opens in a new window) for more information.  

At ScottishPower, we value diversity and inclusivity. We are committed to creating a workplace that welcomes and respects individuals from all backgrounds. We work hard to ensure our recruitment process is fair, transparent, and unbiased, providing equal opportunities for all candidates. It’s our belief that diverse perspectives lead to innovation and better decision-making, so we foster a supportive and inclusive environment where everyone's voice is heard and valued. Join us as we strive to create a more inclusive and equitable future.