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Brodies is ‘the largest firm in Scotland’ and possesses a ‘strong reputation in the Scottish legal market’. The firm’s ‘breadth of departments’ and ‘well-respected trainee scheme’ appealed to those looking to complete their training at a ‘prestigious’ firm. ‘Trainees are heavily involved from the outset, encouraged to take responsibility for their own work’. The ‘quality of work’, ‘calibre of clients’ and ‘support provided’ also pleased newcomers. However, having ‘no international opportunities’, a ‘limited choice of seat options’ and ‘the Edinburgh office situation (split site, slightly crowded)’ were aspects of Brodies’ traineeship which new joiners found fault with. Also unpopular was a perceived ‘divide between permanent employees and trainees’ as recruits felt that it ‘gave the impression trainees are not necessarily going to be retained as NQs’. This aside, trainees loved ‘being heavily involved’ in various transactions and appreciated getting ‘positive feedback’ from supervising partners. For one trainee, ‘assisting with the purchase of my friend’s first flat’ was a major highlight. For others it was ‘locating a 99-year old beneficiary of a war-time trust’ and ‘being involved in a seven day proof in the Court of Session’. Low points came when trainees ‘made mistakes and doubted my own ability’, ‘appeared in court without having considered the full implications of the case’ and ‘had to miss social events to finish work’. Seconded trainees enjoyed working at the Scottish Government Legal Directorate’s Criminal Justice Division where ‘the work was incredibly interesting’. If working with the ‘best performing independent law firm in Scotland’ is what you desire, make sure you apply to Brodies.