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Applications for our 2023 traineeship programme are now open.

To apply, please download an application form here, type your information on the form, and when complete please email to before the deadline of 24 October 2021.

Please read the sections below for a detailed outline of our traineeship programme. For the highlights click here to read our traineeship brochure which includes helpful tips for your application and updates from our current trainees and NQs.

Watch the video below to hear from our Chief Executive Officer, Robert Graham-Campbell who highlights some reasons to apply to Gillespie Macandrew.






About our Traineeship

We offer a two year Legal Traineeship where you will enjoy four rotational seats within our different departments across our Edinburgh, Glasgow or Perth offices and can provide seats in the following practice areas:

  • Private Client, Tax & Charities
  • Land & Rural Business
  • Energy & Strategic Land
  • Commercial Property
  • Residential Property
  • Housebuilder
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate & Finance

Mentoring, Support & TCPD

  • You will be provided with a Mentor in each of your four seats at GM, this allows you to benefit from the guidance, support and knowledge of legal specialists, as well as increase your professional network
  • Trainees are required to undertake 60 hours (minimum) of CPD throughout the course of a traineeship. Gillespie Macandrew LLP are a licensed provider of TCPD and ensures you will have more than the minimum required hours through a structured training programme. This includes regular knowledge sharing training sessions to keep you up to date with legislation changes as well as marketing and business development training
  • Regular communication and quarterly performance reviews
  • Firm wide communications and latest news via our mobile app “GMinsider” (This was Highly Commended in the Legal Technology Award category at the Scottish Legal Awards 2020)
  • Our firm is committed to employee wellbeing with a suite of activities throughout the year

Future Career Development

  • Clear Career Development Structure and written Careers Guide
  • Continuous learning and development CPD
  • Responsibility and autonomy
  • Business Development and Networking events
  • Training Academy from Associate to Partner
  • Inclusive Performance Management
  • Study Leave

Life as a Trainee

To find out what it's like to be a trainee, read some of our trainee blogs.

Colin Bathgate 

Kirsten Holmes 



Our commitment

We’ll provide you with all the support required on your journey to becoming a successful lawyer.

We’re authorised providers of Peat 2 Trainee CPD (TCPD) under the Law Society of Scotland’s PEAT 2 licensing scheme, giving you the opportunity take part in a comprehensive training programme and learn from some of the best Solicitors in the profession.

Over the course of your traineeship, you’ll benefit from a minimum of 60 hours tailor-made TCPD to ensure you develop your skills and knowledge and continually refine your expertise.

You’ll receive quarterly performance reviews (PQPR) with your mentor where you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your achievements, strengths and any areas for development. Trainee feedback is, and always has been invaluable to us to ensure our programme is as beneficial as possible.

To find out more about our rewards and benefits, equal opportunities policy and training and development, please click here.

Application Process

Our 2023 application process is now open. 

To apply, please download an application form here, type your information on the form, and when complete please email to before the deadline of 24 October 2021.

Academic Requirements

We welcome applications from all students who and intend to complete a PEAT 1 Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in Scotland. This application round is designed for those hoping to secure a Legal Traineeship commencing in 2023.

There are no preferred entry routes, although we do look for strong academic records having already obtained or on track for a First or 2:1 honours degree (or the equivalent in an accelerated law degree).

Tips for your application form:

  • Make your application clear and simple to read. We don’t want to guess your story – tell us!
  • We want to know WHY you wish to work for Gillespie Macandrew – do your research.
  • Please don’t copy and paste the same information to every firm, tailor your application to us.
  • An obvious but surprisingly common pitfall – proof read your application for spelling mistakes! Can a family member or friend assist?
  • Include your exam results in full. You may be asked for proof of qualifications later.
  • We want to know of any relevant work experience and how your skills may be transferable to a law firm. A term time job in customer service may have taught you more valuable communication skills than one week of work experience in an office.
  • If you do not have any work experience, don’t worry. Include details of any clubs, societies, volunteering experiences or personal pursuits that may reflect your unique skill set.
  • Be self-aware and know your own strengths and weaknesses. Try an online personality self-assessment, this may be valuable when it comes to the interview process.
  • Be open to exploring different areas of law. Legal work in practice can be very different to what you learn in your studies.
  • Use the resources of your college or university Careers Service. They can provide invaluable support at this time.

If you have any questions regarding traineeships, please email to: 


Interview format

Guidance on Interview format:

Typically, our interview process includes an application form, face to face interview with HR and Partner(s), legal exam style questions and/ or presentations or further written exercises. We constantly review our recruitment process and will provide you with full instruction in advance of being invited to meet us.

Our interview process is designed so that you cannot “revise” in advance for assessments, you should rely on your own knowledge. It is time to put studies into practice!

Given the current climate, video interviewing is much more common. You can prepare for this by ensuring the technical elements work in advance of the interview, check your audio and video are working and sit in a quiet, well-lit space. Try to maintain eye contact and positive body language with the interviewer.

Practicalities on the day:

  • We want you to succeed. Remember, if you reach interview stage you have already excelled against the most talented law graduates in the country! Be confident in yourself.
  • Present yourself professionally by dressing for an office environment in something that makes you feel comfortable.
  • Stay positive and remain professional – you are being assessed on social skills also.
  • Engage positively with all members of staff you meet, remember to smile! We will do our best to make you feel welcome and at ease before the interview begins.
  • Familiarise yourself with the STAR technique of answering competency based questions.
  • Be prepared with a note of questions you may wish to ask the interviewer.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you do not understand an instruction.
  • Know WHY you want to work at Gillespie Macandrew! We want to meet prospective trainees who are motivated, knowledgeable and commercially aware.
  • Most importantly - Be yourself. We want to learn about your interests and your motivations and honesty is the best policy! Remember it should be relevant to a legal traineeship.

Equal Opportunities and Privacy Notice

Gillespie Macandrew LLP is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and demonstrating that they value the diversity of their workforce.

As part of this year’s recruitment process, we are proud to be using a contextualised recruitment system provided by Rare.
Rare has partnered with the Law Society of Scotland to make contextualised recruitment more accessible to legal employers. By providing contextual information, your application can be reviewed in the context of your socio-economic background (e.g. so we can consider whether you overachieved in light of your wider personal circumstances).

You can read more about the aims of the Law Society’s partnership with Rare on their website.

Please see the following link if you wish to view our privacy notice in line with 2018 GDPR legislation:

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