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This opportunity is powered by the #BlackInterns Program which is a Black Professionals United Kingdom (BPU) initiative.
We are creating internship opportunities for members of the Black community across UK.

About Thorntons Law LLP

Welcome to a different kind of law firm. Where Doing What’s Right for our clients matters. Where we help our clients deal with challenges and maximise opportunities, whether they are a business or an individual. We know our success is down to our people: and a positive and collaborative working environment. We’re a law firm where you can be yourself. Be inspired by your talented work colleagues. Be part of a dynamic team. Where you’ll build long lasting relationships, find a sense of purpose and know that you are making an impact.

Thorntons is one of Scotland’s largest legal firms and we are driven and ambitious for further growth to support our clients and communities. From large national and international deals to advising emerging companies, to helping individuals and families through life events, at Thorntons we cover it all.

With offices across Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Angus, Fife and Perth, 69 Partners supported by over 580 colleagues, many of whom are leading experts in their field, our clients can be sure of getting the very best legal advice for all their needs.

Our Values

Our Values are Inspiring, Community and Human.


We inspire and we take inspiration from others. We never stop learning. We adapt and innovate. We lead the way while helping others succeed. And we always go the extra mile.


We care about our people and our clients. We care about our impact on the community and the world around us. We care about the relationships we build.


We are normal people with professional and personal lives. We value individuality and diversity. We treat everyone with respect, and provide a sense of belonging.

Legal Assistant, Private Client department – Edinburgh

Purpose of the Role

This internship will be principally based in our Private Client team in Edinburgh. Thorntons has one of the largest Private Client legal teams in Scotland, helping clients plan for the future, protect their assets and deal with significant life events.

The internship role offers the opportunity to support lawyers and paralegals, getting involved with all the different stages of Private Client work and will also offer an insight into how a large legal team operates with the opportunity to assist with departmental processes and procedures. This role will develop the successful candidate’s knowledge, experience and skills in legal matters and the candidate will also gain an insight into the practical application of law in other areas.


  • Administrative support on private client legal work, including Wills, Executries, Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Tax Planning and Asset Protection.
  • Updating legal case management systems
  • Supporting the development of departmental processes and procedures
  • Legal Research
  • Contributing to blogs
  • Assisting other legal departments as required

What we are looking for?

  • Previous legal experience, either academic or practical is ideal but not essential.
  • An interest in law
  • A positive attitude
  • Enthusiasm
  • Team Worker
  • Drive
  • Good IT skills
  • Flexible and adaptable to new processes and technology.
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • The ability to work towards deadlines and work on multiple projects simultaneously.

Benefits of working with us.

This will be a varied role and the above list of tasks and responsibilities is not exhaustive. We expect that you will have the chance to be involved in a range of legal matters, which will develop your research, drafting, client facing and advisory skills.

This role offers an ambitious individual an insight into a large law firm with scope to gain invaluable experience and a range of skills.

Doing What’s Right

A great working environment is the first thing you’ll notice. One where you’ll be inspired and supported by your colleagues. Where we’ll help you achieve what you want from your career. Where you can have both flexibility and connection with our supportive culture. Where you are valued. Where your voice is heard and you can make a difference through our employee network groups.

As your employer

Our benefits package goes well beyond competitive remuneration and we recognise and reward the hard work and effort you put in

For your Health and Wellbeing

Our Healthcare Cash Plan covers things like dental, optical, physiotherapy, chiropody, therapy and health screening needs. Our mental health first aiders and access to a 24-hour counselling line provide support for your mental and emotional wellbeing.

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion

Everyone is welcome at Thorntons. We strongly believe in a diverse and inclusive working environment: one that does not tolerate any form of discrimination at any level. We celebrate our individuality: from gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, faith to life experience, we know our differences make us stronger, together.

For our Community

We’re proud to be part of the communities we serve across Scotland, that’s why we actively engage with charities that support them. From our annual Charity Wills campaign to regular fundraising and volunteering opportunities, our colleagues give back to communities with skills and advocacy as well as funds. As a company we have a clear responsibility to implement sustainable practices. This is why we are creating an environmental plan which, including our supply chain, will reduce waste, lower our carbon footprint and advance our sustainability like never before.

In addition we offer:

  • A range of formal and informal training and learning opportunities
  • 32 days holiday (including public holidays) pro-rata for temporary/part time

REPORTING TO: Partner, Private Client

Hours per week:  35 hours

Duration: 6 weeks

Location: Edinburgh

Commencing: By arrangement with the successful candidate

Remote/Office/Hybrid: In office

Salary: £420.00 per week

How do I apply?

  1. If you are not already a BPU member, register for free with Black Professionals United Kingdom by following this link https://blackprofessionals.uk/register/
  2.    Send a CV (2 pages max) and cover letter (250 words max) to workplacements@blackprofessionals.uk.
  3.    In the subject field of your application email, simply type “BPU021 – Name” Eg. If your name is John Mensah, kindly type “BPU021 – John Mensah






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