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Working for The McKinstry Company: The Right Career Move

The McKinstry Company offers more than just great legal services; we also provide excellent opportunities for you to kick-start your legal career.

As a forward-thinking firm, we understand the need to provide a dynamic working environment as well as continuing to offer opportunities for our team members to develop. Here are just some of the reasons to work as part of The McKinstry Company.

Career progression and support
The McKinstry Company is an established and well-respected business. When you work with us, you will benefit from the expertise of lawyers, paralegals and support staff with years of experience in handling all types of situations. We are organised, hard-working and well-structured – but that is only the beginning. We believe in nurturing our team members to be the best they can be, offering advice and support every step of the way as well as allowing our team members to rise to any challenges they may face. We want you to succeed with us. Read our inspiring case studies below to find out more.

Excellent working environment and social life
We work hard, and our clients come first, but we also understand that the best teams know how to play together too. The McKinstry Company encourages getting to know your colleagues and clients, particularly as we are an integral part of such a close-knit community in Ayrshire. We also understand the need to provide a great work-life balance for our team members, and this is reflected in our modern and flexible working culture.

Doing great things in South West Scotland
Enjoying what you do is about more than the day-to-day tasks you carry out. Here at The McKinstry Company, we help our local community flourish. We facilitate some of the strongest local businesses, help them grow and make their great ideas happen.

Case studies
Here at The McKinstry Company we are extremely focused and committed to enabling our staff to progress; providing training and support to allow our people to flourish in their legal careers.

Thiona McQuiston, Partner
Thiona is Head of our Private Client Department, but began her career with The McKinstry Company three decades ago as a secretary. Having a young family at the time, the evening role was ideal as it worked well around family life, whilst allowing her to get back into work. However, it wasn’t long before the convenience of the job paled into insignificance when compared to Thiona’s enjoyment of the work. From there, Thiona took her passion for legal work and began to work her way up through The McKinstry Company.

Completing a paralegal course at the University of Strathclyde in 1993, this proved to be a significant turning point and Thiona’s career was kickstarted. Following this, Thiona took a big step and applied to undertake a part-time LLB. Combining family life and work with all the study involved, was a challenge. However, seven years later Thiona began her traineeship with The McKinstry Company and has since worked her way up to becoming a partner. Thiona insists this would never have been possible without the support provided by The McKinstry Company.

Emma, Paralegal
I started working with The McKinstry Company in 2012 as a part-time Administrator while undertaking my studies. Upon completion, I was offered the opportunity of a full-time position within the company’s conveyancing department.

Having had no previous experience of working in a law form or conveyancing department (I had never even seen a Title Deed that is how little I knew), I found the role of Conveyancing Secretary to be extremely challenging, and I had to quickly learn to adapt to an extremely fast-paced working environment.

However, I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, and I enjoy learning new things. My commitment and dedication to my own personal and professional development lead me to research how I could develop my knowledge and skills further.

My immediate line manager at The McKinstry Company was incredibly supportive during our conversations surrounding my personal development. When I explained that I was considering the Accredited Paralegal Program, she was able to provide guidance and after that presented the idea to senior management who welcomed the opportunity of continuing to support my professional development. My line manager then took the time to sit down with me and go through the requirements of the program in detail and even offered to become the “Supervising Solicitor” – a condition of the Accredited Paralegal Program.

The Accredited Paralegal Status is a voluntary twelve-month program run by the Law Society of Scotland which aims to provide a consistent standard for Paralegals.

The application process was extremely straight forward. It was a two-part process in which I was required to complete the necessary application form detailing the support of The McKinstry Company. In particular, a character reference from my immediate line manager was needed. Part two of the process involved evidencing my qualifications, which was then forwarded to the Registered Paralegal Committee with my application form for their consideration.  The application process took approximately five weeks from my initial submission to being accepted on to the program.

Once accepted on to the program I was issued with a Trainee Accredited Paralegal Certificate together with guidance notes and the requirements. My line manager remained extremely supportive – we sat together again, this time to review the guidance notes and reconsider the competencies required. Afterwards, we agreed to put in place a twelve-month personal development plan to help me achieve my goals.

Throughout the program, The McKinstry Company provided me with the opportunity to attend external training seminars as well as some in-house coaching sessions – both on a one to one basis and group training. The training would cover a wide variety of matters to advance my knowledge of the basic principles of law, there were also sessions around writing and drafting various legal documentation, conducting legal research and interviewing clients, all of which would support my personal goals.

In addition to the training seminars my immediate line manager allowed for further more hands-on coaching in which I would sit in on client meetings to observe the interview process, following which she provided for a two-way discussion to help me develop my technical knowledge and understanding as well as improve my face to face client centred interviewing skills.

As my confidence in this area grew, my line manager encouraged me to play a more active role in meetings, allowing for a two-way conversation at the end of the session in which she would provide me with constructive feedback to support my development.

Having now completed the twelve month program I am able to use the Accredited Paralegal Status logo demonstrating that I am working to the standard required by the Law Society of Scotland – I’ve progressed immensely since my days of being an Administrator; I can now work efficiently and effectively within my role and advise clients on the procedural aspects of the sale and purchase transaction. I now have the knowledge and ability to take instructions from clients, producing and negotiating missives on behalf of a client to achieve a concluding missive, through to completion of the transaction including registering the client’s title. I can recognise where the transaction includes non-standard elements and will refer matters to the solicitor so that she is kept entirely up to date at all times, ensuring client expectations are met and that a first-class client service remains at the heart of what we do.

The fact that my line manager encouraged two-way communication and feedback throughout the whole process made for an enjoyable program in which I felt fully involved at all times.  The support and guidance I received while completing my studies and working towards becoming an Accredited Paralegal proved invaluable throughout the whole experience and has helped me to develop not only my knowledge and understanding but also my confidence. I remain committed to my personal development and look forward to my next challenge with The McKinstry Company… whatever that may be.

Ready to start your career at The McKinstry Company? Get in touch today.
We always welcome speculative applications because we know the right people (and the right opportunity) can come along when you least expect it. If you are a motivated, self-starting individual and think you would be an excellent cultural fit, we would love to hear from you.

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Some of our happy clients
  • 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