Pandemic trainees start new career chapter at Scottish legal firm

Lindsays’ newly-qualified lawyers. From left: Curtis Preston, Deborah O’Donnell, Stephanie Goudie and Ronan Duff

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A GROUP of newly-qualified lawyers who began their training at the height of the coronavirus pandemic have secured permanent roles at Lindsays, the legal firm for people and businesses.

They started their new full-time roles this week in positions across various departments at Lindsays’ offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee.

And they have done so amid praise for the resilience and professionalism they have demonstrated after completing their traineeships with the firm during unprecedented circumstances.

The four newly-qualified lawyers who have joined Lindsays permanently are:

  • Ronan Duff (Personal Injury) – Glasgow
  • Stephanie Goudie (Commercial Property) – Glasgow
  • Deborah O’Donnell (Private Client) – Dundee
  • Curtis Preston (Corporate) – Edinburgh

Lindsays has a proud history of training lawyers who finish their careers as they started them – at Lindsays.

Alasdair Cummings, Lindsays’ Managing Partner, also trained at the firm.

He said: “We are incredibly proud to welcome our four newly-qualified lawyers to their permanent roles. They have completed their training in circumstances that were once unimaginable – joining us remotely, getting to know their colleagues and mentors via video and learning during their early days without having the benefit of our experienced professionals physically beside them.”

“Each of them has shown tremendous dedication, professionalism and resilience to succeed despite all of the unknowns that our team and clients were contending with. They are experiences which I am sure will actually serve them well during their careers.”

“I am so pleased that they have chosen to begin the next chapter of their professional lives with us. It’s testament not only to excellent training, opportunities and high standards of service we deliver for clients, but the way in which the whole Lindsays team pulled together to support each other during the lockdowns and ongoing recovery from the pandemic.”

Lindsays has a strong track record for offering career progression to its trainees.

Of the 38 who have completed traineeships as part of its team since 2012, 24 have secured permanent roles with the firm.

Almost a quarter of Lindsays’ 105 lawyers trained with the firm, or a firm which has been absorbed into the partnership and remained post-merger.

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