Ledingham Chalmers welcomes 2019 trainee intake
August is a milestone month for Ledingham Chalmers’ trainee solicitors.
Four new faces will join the full-service firm today (5 August) to start a two-year traineeship, which sees them work in four practice areas, or seats, in the Aberdeen office for six months at a time.
Robert Gordon University graduates Hollie Cavanagh, Andrew Watts and Fiona Neilson will start off in the residential property, litigation and rural teams respectively. University of Aberdeen graduate Naomi Davies will begin her traineeship in the private client specialism.
In addition, five trainees will move into their second year. In Aberdeen, Fraser Blair and Natalia Milne will move to corporate; Scott Moir will work with the commercial property team; and Connor Knowles with litigation.
In Edinburgh, Lauren Doherty moves to litigation.
And three of the firm’s current second year trainees will remain with the firm as newly qualified solicitors: Gillian Young continues her current placement in the Stirling rural team; Natalie Coll stays with the private client teams in Aberdeen and Inverness; and Alanah Mills joins employment law.
Trainee Rosie Allan, who joined the litigation team in May will carry on working in the same team in Aberdeen.
The news comes shortly after Ledingham Chalmers announced Wendy Harris, a Robert Gordon University law graduate who first joined the firm as a secretary 27 years ago, will join the firm as a trainee in 2020, in the same intake as University of Aberdeen graduate — and current firm intern — Laila Kennedy.
Chairman and partner Jennifer Young said: “Securing a position that’s a great starting point for their legal careers is always a bit of a nerve-wracking time for trainees, whether they’ve just graduated, or are newly qualified.
“Each of these talented individuals brings something special to our firm as the next generation of our profession, and we look forward to working closely with them over the coming months and years.”
Ledingham Chalmers has offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness and Stirling and has 185 staff, including 32 partners.