Legal Traineeships with Watermans

Applications for Legal Traineeships in 2024 with Watermans are now closed.

If you would like to be a Trainee with Watermans next year, applications will open in January 2025!

Legal Traineeships with Watermans

Who are you?

Applicants for our Legal Traineeships must share our drive to succeed both personally and professionally. We value individuality and a desire to work in a forward-thinking environment – which is why we welcome applications through traditional (and not so traditional!) means.

Send us your CV, get creative with Google Slides or send us a video application – we want to get to know you, so showcase your personality!

Applications for our 2024 Legal Traineeships are now closed. We will be recruiting for next year in January 2025!

Who are we?

Watermans are a modern law firm and estate agency. We aren’t 100 years old, so the way we work isn’t either. We are all about making processes straightforward for our clients – and that extends to our team, too!

We are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive place to work. Our team describes the values underpinning our company spirit as friendly, understanding, fair, professional and aspirational.

We speak like normal humans – no unnecessary legal jargon here. We strive to be the best and want to hear your ideas on how we can do that. If you don’t believe us, take a look at what our team has to say about Working with Watermans.

About the traineeship

Your Legal Traineeship with Watermans will be office-based for the first year. We offer hybrid working in the second year of your traineeship across our offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee, and remotely from your own home.

As a trainee with Watermans, not only will you receive training from your direct supervisor – you will also have a network of fellow trainees and colleagues to help to guide you through the process. Your colleagues at Watermans will be from a diverse range of backgrounds, which enhances how we think, work, and resolve in our industry.

We don’t throw people in at the deep end – instead we focus on building capability and confidence over time. And, we don’t measure billable hours – so no need to continuously bank your work.

In addition to your on-the-job training and Continuing Professional Development, you can expect to take part in our enhanced training programme. This programme is tailored to develop your professional skills for the world of work, as well as being an opportunity to build your confidence through scenario-based skills practice.

Take a look at what our current trainees have to say below.

What does the recruitment process look like?

Applications for our Legal Traineeships will open in January 2025. Don’t forget, you can apply in a way that showcases you and your personality, so send us your CV, a presentation, a video application – whatever way suits you.

After this, the next stage is the selection process, which takes place in February and March.

Offers will be confirmed in April, so if you’re a successful candidate – we’ll see you in the summer of 2025 for the start of your traineeship!


Are you interested in applying?

Applications for 2024 are now closed – but keep your eyes peeled in January 2025 for next year’s Legal Traineeships!

As mentioned above, you can be as creative as you like with your applications – we welcome CVs, presentations and video applications.

We want to hear about you, so choose a way that suits you and your personality best!


How to apply

Applications for Legal Traineeships in 2024 with Watermans are now closed.

We will be seeking new Trainees again in January 2025!


Erin Aitchison, Year 1 Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

"I was nervous before I started my Traineeship with Watermans, but quickly found I had no reason to be. Being surrounded by such a supportive team, who are more than happy to assist with my questions regarding my cases has been instrumental in developing my knowledge."


Kate Murray, Year 1 Trainee Solicitor, Personal Injury

"On starting my Traineeship at Watermans, I was made to feel extremely welcome. There is always someone who is happy to answer your questions, and as a trainee I have found myself asking a lot of questions! Personal Injury is a fast-paced area of law, with a consistent workload, and I have felt nothing but support from my colleagues. I have found Watermans to be a firm that doesn't just advertise their company values, they actually reflect those values in practice which makes it a great place to start any legal career."


Michael McGinness, Year 1 Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

"The best thing about the Traineeship at Watermans is how hands on it is. You’ll get experience with your own cases almost as soon as you get through the door, but you will also get plenty of support to make sure it isn’t overwhelming."


Memoona Aumar, Year 1 Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

"My Traineeship with Watermans so far has been really great. The Dispute Resolution team are welcoming, friendly and supportive. I have my own case load which has allowed me to learn a lot, in particular build on my confidence and independence."


Evie Brown, Year 1 Trainee Solicitor, Conveyancing

"Beginning your legal career can be a very daunting experience but I have been made to feel incredibly welcome by the team at Watermans. I am a First Year Trainee in the Conveyancing team and it’s safe to say that no two days are the same. The busy and thriving Conveyancing Department within Watermans has allowed me to deal with a wide range of diverse transactions so early on in my Traineeship. What I love most about Watermans is the amazing team that I work with who are very encouraging and supportive."


Emily Forbes, Year 2 Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

"Throughout my Traineeship experience at Watermans I have always felt supported in what I do! Progressing into 2nd year has allowed me to develop my skills through my own caseload and having responsibility for higher-value cases. I enjoy working within a close team who are always there for any questions you may have."


Ellen Finlayson, Year 2 Trainee Solicitor, Dispute Resolution

"As a Trainee Solicitor at Watermans, you are provided with many opportunities to acquire first-hand experience. In my First Year, I attended many training events, carried out countless Court Appearances and even took many Police Precognitions. Further, the whole team at Watermans are welcoming. I would say that it is the team that has been built within Watermans that makes our firm stand out!"