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Catriona Urquhart

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Position: Trainee Solicitor
Joined: 2017
Office: Glasgow

Why did you choose Harper Macleod?

Harper Macleod is one of Scotland’s leading firms and has achieved a lot in a short amount of time. It has also manged to continue to grow as the legal services market goes through a significant period of change. These successes and the firm’s approach to the way it carries out its business attracted me to Harper Macleod. I chose to apply to Harper Macleod because I wanted to work for a firm that is dynamic and uses the law to solve problems.

Harper Macleod also offers a number of seat rotations and opportunities to go on secondment. This traineeship set up appealed to me as it will allow me to gain experience across different practice areas before choosing what I want to specialise in. 

How has your Harper Macleod Experience been so far?

My first seat is in Personal Injury and Reparation. This is a busy department which advises a range of different clients. I have been given opportunities to assist on matters involving road traffic collisions, medical negligence and occupational disease.

I have been given real responsibility from the start of my traineeship, but importantly, I have also felt supported by the team and the wider firm. The culture at Harper Macleod is open and inclusive. I have found that people are always willing to give you their time - to answer your questions, explain what they are doing and get you involved.

The firm has emphasised the importance of continually developing your legal knowledge and skill set. It therefore invests a lot of time and resources into training. I have also been encouraged to attend business development events and to develop my professional network. 

Describe Harper Macleod and it's people in 5 words?

  1. Driven
  2. Approachable
  3. Committed
  4. Dynamic
  5. Pragmatic

The firm has emphasised the importance of continually developing your legal knowledge and skill set. It therefore invests a lot of time and resources into training. Catriona Urquhart