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Traineeship 2019 - Apply Now

Blackadders are very pleased to invite applicants for our 2019 traineeship intake.

“My traineeship with Blackadders LLP has been incredibly enjoyable and rewarding.  It has combined the perfect blend of responsibility and training.  The firm allows you to take on a lot of responsibility, while always ensuring the appropriate level of support and training is in place.  Being a trainee is not viewed as a barrier to assisting on large transactions, or attending client meetings, which makes you feel a valued member of the firm.  There is a lot to get involved in outside of office hours which helps you build friendships with colleagues and relationships with clients.  I would thoroughly recommend a traineeship with Blackadders LLP.”

Richard Wilson, Trainee Solicitor

Following the completion of my traineeship with Blackadders, I was delighted to accept a position within their private client division.  The idea of being a “trainee” one day and a “qualified solicitor” the next can be quite daunting but Blackadders have made the transition seamless. My traineeship with Blackadders was well-rounded and the skills and knowledge I acquired throughout the two years have fully prepared me to deal with the increased responsibility and complex legal challenges that come with completing the traineeship. I would definitely recommend a traineeship with Blackadders.”

Samera Ali, Assistant Solicitor

How many seats are on offer throughout my Traineeship?

Blackadders believe it is extremely important to ensure any Trainee is offered the opportunity to experience as many disciplines as possible.  Therefore 4 seats are always made available throughout the 2 year Traineeship.  The selection of your seats will be made following a discussion with you on how you wish your career to progress.  


Every Trainee is placed with a Mentor that they will keep throughout the whole of their Traineeship.  It is important to ensure that the mentor is a non-reporting one and does not replace any of the organisational structures in place but has a mutual desire for development towards career goals and objectives.  For support within each seat there is a Buddy allocated for each Trainee.


As well as having the opportunity to learn from some of our Accredited Specialists, Blackadders are the only local firm who have accredited TCPD recognition from the Law Society.  As such, we run our own in-house Training Academy which is held every week covering a large range of topics relating to Law including mandatory ethics whilst also offering workshops on personal development – a hugely important aspect to develop the Trainees of today enabling Solicitors for the future.

The Interview

It is agreed that some people do not perform well in an interview situation and that is why we have committed to our Assessment Day again.  There are a variety of team discussions, quizzes, teambuilding exercises and presentations as well as meeting a very large percentage of our Partners, Solicitors and current Trainees.  If you are fortunate to progress to the second round then you will be invited back to give a presentation and be interviewed by the full Board.  A decision on who has been selected will be made very quickly.  For those who do not get through to the second round, they will receive individual feedback on their performance and offered guidance to help them in the future.

How to apply

Firstly we ask for a hand written covering letter to accompany the full application form which you can access by clicking here along with an up to date passport sized photo.  Successful applicants must be available on Tuesday 26th September, all day to attend the Assessment Day at Discovery Point, Dundee.  Those fortunate to be selected for the second round must also be available to attend our Head Office in Reform Street on 5th October.

Applications must be submitted by 12.00 noon on Friday 22nd September.  Any applications received after this will not be processed.

Please submit your application directly to  or by post to HR Manager, 30 & 34 Reform Street, Dundee, DD1 1RJ.