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Life-embracers. Dream-chasers. Set-the-pacers.

Burness Paull is a top-tier commercial law firm serving an international client base from Scotland.

From our offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, you will have the opportunity to work with clients not just elsewhere in the UK – but across the world. At the last count, we were advising clients in more than 60 jurisdictions.

We believe it’s our culture and personality that sets the firm apart. Truly great things don’t conform to a norm. We do things our way and dare to be different.

Excellence is a consistent driver. And two things make us tick: delivering results and being easy to deal with.

But we understand the difference between safe advice and best advice. We tell our people to be themselves. To be brave. To voice an opinion. It might feel uncomfortable at times, but it’s not nearly as uncomfortable as sitting on the fence.

We are looking for like-minded talent. Being sharp is a given. There are lots of bright law graduates out there. What we are after is people with a real passion for the job.

Our trainees are at the heart of the firm, engaged with our senior team right from the start. This gives you early exposure to the strategic and commercial issues facing our clients and puts you in the engine room from the word “go”.

You’ll learn alongside top tier lawyers and international law firms, gaining knowledge from the best in the business.

This is what makes our trainees Rise and Shine.

Our Culture

Stayers. Team-players. Find-a-wayers.

We enjoy working hard together and we play together too. The firm places high importance on a social and collaborative ethos, both in and out of the office. There are plenty of opportunities to get to know your colleagues and have fun after you switch off your computer.


You’ll be invited to a wide range of after-work events with other trainees, and colleagues. We have a social committee that organises entertainment throughout the year, from our summer BBQ to our year-end party.


For us, Corporate Social Responsibility is not a box to be ticked. It’s an integral part of who we are. We believe we have an obligation to put something back into our communities - and that’s what we have been doing for decades.

The firm’s charitable and fundraising initiatives are drawn together under the Burness Paull Foundation. The Foundation is funded by the partnership and supports both charitable initiatives of the firm and individual fundraising and other charitable initiatives of employees.