A law firm for life

Applying for traineeships can be an extremely draining and disheartening process

Rejection is anticipated ever since the decline in traineeships due to the financial crisis in 2008. It may be tempting to grab on to the first traineeship that is offered to you as they are being quickly snapped up by your peers in a similar position. However, it is important to remain positive as the right traineeship for you could be out there waiting for you. This is what I had to tell myself when searching for a traineeship which I am glad I did as I now find myself working at The McKinstry Company. I know The McKinstry Company is the right firm for me as they tick three boxes that I think are crucial to a traineeship.

Whilst at university, I quickly realised that I had a passion for private client. Although the diploma allowed me to dip into the practical side of the law, I had only scratched the surface of what was to come. By gaining a traineeship in the private client team, it has allowed me to take a step away from the fictional scenarios allocated to us at university and delve into real life cases that come with a lot more responsibility and accountability.

At The McKinstry Company, I have been given responsibility. Already, I have sat in client interviews alongside Thiona, where I noted all instructions given by the clients and have followed them accordingly when dealing with the case at hand under Thiona’s supervision. By allowing me this opportunity only one month in to my traineeship, I am able to pick up on how The McKinstry Company operates when it comes to private client matters and allows me to observe how someone like Thiona, who is an expert in her field, interacts with her clients and maintains the firms ethos that we are a law firm for life which is founded upon the building of relationships with our clients. I have found this way of learning to be extremely beneficial as you are not only able to meet the family that you are acting for but you also have a hands on approach to the case in question which allows you to clearly detect  what is expected of you from a client’s point of view rather than simply being told what is expected.

Another factor which I believe has been crucial to my development so far is being seated in an open plan office alongside the private client team who have  a wide range of skills and experience. Being situated in an open plan office allows me to observe and connect with colleagues of all different levels. This type of environment is supportive of relations allowing them to grow and flourish. This definitely makes my experience as a trainee less daunting as I feel more comfortable and confident when seeking advice. The same goes for Thiona who has been extremely supportive and helpful when guiding me when I feel a bit lost. As she says ‘every day is a school day’ as we are all learning something new every day in this area of the law.

Lastly, another aspect that I believe to be important to any traineeship is the social side of the firm. Having social activities to look forward to in and outside of work allows for a strong work ethic amongst colleagues and supporting relationships. It can boost morale and is a good way for someone like me who is just new to the firm, to meet new people and get to know them in a more relaxed, out of work setting.

The McKinstry Company like to keep up their mantra of ‘work hard, play hard’. There is always something to look forward to, whether it’s a Friday curry night, a McKinstry birthday bash or a three course dinner party supporting local charities. There will be something everyone can choose from. At The McKinstry Company the Partners like to show their appreciation and treat their staff by paying for their night out, whether that’s by paying for their meal and drinks or ticket to the event. This is an extremely kind gesture by the Partners which I can definitely say is appreciated by all.

Only one month has passed and I feel like already I am learning so much from my experience as a Trainee at The McKinstry Company. I’m extremely excited to see what the future holds and I can’t wait to embark on all of the challenges that lie ahead!

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Some of our happy clients
  • Really helpful and friendly always replied to calls and emails. Thank you very much for all your help and advice and hard work.

    Mr S, Auchinleck
  • First class throughout 100% better than last time we moved house and used a different firm. Always responded to promptly with appropriate detailed replies. First Class

    Mr N, Ayr
  • Thank you for the support during a difficult time.

    Mrs M, Ayr
  • Every email was timely and actioned quickly. Kirsty and Libby were exceptional to deal with. They kept me informed in a timely manner with the added complication of our sale being carried out whilst we are currently based in America.

  • My emails were always responded to in a timely manner no matter who I was dealing with. Thank you to Nat and Kirsty who helped throughout our move and during some difficult times when lock down was first announced! They have both been great.

    Miss K, Dalry
  • Everything was done extremely professionally.

    Mrs G, Ayr
  • Very happy with the way my case has been dealt with despite working restrictions due covid 19 - thank you. Calls & emails always responded to within reasonable timescale. Very impressed with lawyers and staff I have dealt with during current case and previous divorce case very friendly and efficient.

    Mrs H, Ayr
  • All very prompt, efficient, clear, friendly and personable. Not overwhelming with legal jargon. Many thanks for making the process of setting up a will so straightforward.

    Mrs D, Troon
  • We required our Wills to be amended and that was done without any problems whatsoever.

    Mrs F, Ayr
  • Very business-like and helpful

    Mr M, Ayr
  • I was very impressed with the professionalism shown by all members of staff I had any dealing with. All calls and emails were relevant to the sale of my flat. All questions I had were dealt with at the time. For any further legal matters I will certainly be using The McKinstry Company

    Mr H, Ayr
  • Excellent service most happy with attentiveness and customer service.

    Mr F, Condorrat
  • Nat & Libby efficiently dealt with every question I had.

    Mrs K, Ayr
  • Kirsty understood our weird schedule when we were often 8 hours behind UK time, and simplified things for us by liaising via email. She was extremely approachable and dependable. In Kirsty’s absence, Jodie and Nathaniel would step in and communicate with us, and were very helpful too.

    Mrs N, Ayr
  • Great service and always on hand to answer our questions. Prompt and efficient response.

    Mr H, Ferniegair
  • Questions and communication were answered promptly

    Mr W, Sinclairston
  • Speaking from my own personal experience I was perfectly happy with the service I received. Everything was done to my satisfaction.

    Mrs I, Largs
  • Very efficient, timely and very mannerly on the phone

    Mr McN, Mauchline
  • The service was superb.  Kirsty and team were extremely helpful.

    Mr and Mrs R, Ayr
  • First class service from start till finish. Always there to give help and advice.

    Mr R, Ayr
  • Great service and advice from a good professional company.

    Mr R, Kilmarnock
  • Excellent, very friendly and professional. I will be using you for all my property transactions in the future!

    Mrs S, Godstone
  • My case was handled sensitively and smoothly.

    Mr N, Ayr
  • Everyone concerned in the sale of our property was very efficient and kept us up to date with all happenings.

    D Ferguy, Cookstown
  • Great service.  Would recommend you to others.

    Mr S, Kirkmichael
  • Communication was always available when required. Made me feel confident throughout the process.

    Mr L, Ayr
  • Always replied or phoned back when I needed my questions answered.

    Miss McF, Patna
  • A very prompt and friendly service, a pleasure to deal with.

    Mr R, Aberdeen
  • Robert was very supportive.

    M Carruthers, Kilmarnock.
  • Great, Rebecca was very pleasant to deal with and went out of her way to help with our case

    S Everett, Kilbarchan
  • The solicitor / paralegal I was dealing with was very professional and performed to a high standard. I was very impressed.

    B Ferguson, Methil
  • Local firm, word of mouth good reports.

    K Rooney, Glasgow
  • All queries were dealt with in a prompt and professional manner and I was kept informed of progress as events developed. Thank you very much for making a difficult situation much easier to deal with.

    Mrs McG, Ayr
  • Communication via telephone and email was regular, prompt and comprehensive. All queries and questions were answered with no delays or problems. My experience with the McKinstry Company was pleasant and smooth.

    Mr McK, Ayr
  • My family and I received excellent service from everyone with whom we had contact. The service was of the highest standard and, as I have in the past, I will continue to recommend the company to anyone seeking legal assistance.

    Mrs S, Ayr
  • All emails and calls were dealt with promptly. Very impressed. Very very pleased with service.

    Mr and Mrs H, Hull
  • I enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Very professional.

    Mrs A, Ayr
  • Mr Honeyman was very professional and knowledgeable which made us feel reassured. Very happy with the service and if I needed a solicitor again I would get in touch.

    Mr B, Ardrossan
  • Prompt quick efficient communication.

    Mrs K, Cumnock
  • Ease of making appointments and timescale for completion of business all good.

    Mr & Mrs T, Maybole
  • Gave reassurance and comfort at a stressful time. I felt ten times better after our first meeting and support provided ultimately exceeded my desired outcome.

    Mr N, Saltcoats
  • The supportive way that the advice was provided along with the willingness to fit appointments in with our requirements

    Mr R, Ayr
  • The whole process was handled with upmost professionalism throughout.

    Mr McN, Kilwinning

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