Digby Brown Graduate Trainee Programme

Please note that the application process for 2020 traineeships is now closed. We will be accepting applications for 2021 traineeships from 1st September 2019.

Please see below for more information on our traineeship programme and we look forward to receiving your application later this year.

Our trainees are vital to the continued success of Digby Brown and play an integral part in ensuring that we remain Scotland’s largest personal injury firm.

If you are passionate about helping people, have a keen interest in litigation and a strong desire to succeed, then we can offer you an interesting and challenging traineeship that will provide excellent training and hands-on experience from the start.

Taking place over two years, you will be based in one of our offices across Scotland - GlasgowEdinburghDundee, or Aberdeen.

Working within a single department for the duration of your traineeship, you will gain experience of a wide variety of different case types within the field of Personal Injury. We like to provide you with the opportunity to hit the ground running at Digby Brown, so you will have direct client contact and your own case holding from early on in your career with us.

We provide the highest quality learning and development opportunities for our trainees, via our accredited PEAT 2 programme and LEP sessions. On average, our trainees receive an impressive average of 60 hours of Trainee Continued Professional Development hours per year- more than double the minimum required under the Law Society's PEAT 2 training requirements.

This means that you can be assured that you are in the right place to develop your skills as you embark on your career within law.


As part of our traineeship programme, dependent on the department you are allocated to, you will gain experience of the following case types:

  • Road Traffic Accidents – Car, cycling, motorcycle, pedestrian and public transport
  • Work Related Accidents – Agriculture and farming, construction industry and factory
  • Serious and Fatal Claims – Brain injury, fatal accident, loss of limb and spinal injury
  • Accidents Abroad – Road traffic accident, whilst on holiday and working abroad
  • Clinical Negligence – Cerebral Palsy, misdiagnosis and surgical error

Learning and Development

We are committed to making sure that you receive best training opportunities, allowing you to reach your full potential over the course of your traineeship and beyond.

We provide an in-house, accredited PEAT 2 course, as part of your Trainee Continuing Professional Development (TCPD). In addition to this, you will have the opportunity to attend Legal Education Programme (LEP) sessions run by our people, which cover a wide range of legal topics. We also run an Advocacy Skills programme and a Brett Dixon training day, which provides case law updates.

Guidance and Support

Each of our trainees are allocated a supervisor that will provide you with one-to-one support and the guidance that you need throughout your traineeship.

Our supervisors are usually Partners or Associates, with an extensive knowledge of Personal Injury Law and a wealth of experience, making them the perfect people to learn from.

As well as this, all of our offices are open-plan and we have a very team-based culture within the firm, meaning that all of our staff (from Paralegals to Partners) are on-hand to assist you.


You can expect the following benefits when joining us as a trainee at Digby Brown:

  • Working hours, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm with 1 hour for lunch
  • Firm pension scheme (Employee contribution 3.5% / Digby Brown contribution 5.5%)
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Discretionary firm bonus scheme (Up to 10% of salary)
  • Life insurance 4 x basic salary
  • 25 days annual leave (increasing with service) plus 7 public holidays

Beyond the Traineeship

In recent years, we have had a fantastic retention rate (92% in 2018), with most of our trainees going on to join the firm as newly-qualified Solicitors and continuing their legal career with us.

We believe that the training and development that our trainees receive in their time with us make them the perfect candidates to go on and enjoy a successful career in Personal Injury Law at Digby Brown.

Application and Recruitment Process

Our application process opens every year on 1st September and closes at the end of the second week in October.

To apply, you simply send a CV and covering letter to the HR team, via Recruit@digbybrown.co.uk.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an assessment centre, which will involve a verbal test, a law article close-reading passage and a scenario-based question.

The final stage of the process is a face-to-face interview with two of our Partners and the Director of HR.

Where can I find out more?

Should you be interested in pursuing a traineeship with Digby Brown, please feel free to come and see us at one of the many Law Fairs that we attend across Scotland.

This will give you the opportunity to chat with some of our current trainees about their experiences with the firm and ask our HR team any questions that you may have about the application process or the firm itself.

In 2019, we will be in attendance at the following Law Fairs:

  • University of Dundee, Monday 16th September
  • University of Edinburgh, Wednesday 25th September
  • University of Strathclyde, Thursday 26th September

Please don’t be shy – come and say hello! We look forward to seeing you there!