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At Thorntons, we know our success depends on our people. Recruiting the right talent has been key to our successful growth and we offer a stimulating and rewarding working environment, with exciting career development opportunities, a friendly open culture, competitive benefits package and flexible working options.


We are one of the largest independent law firms in Scotland, with a network of offices across 11 towns and cities, over 450 staff and 58 Partners.  Throughout Thorntons’ history and expansion, the firm’s focus has remained the same – to provide our clients with the highest quality legal advice and the best client service and to provide our people with challenging and enjoyable work. 

Thorntons is also one of the few genuinely full service law firms in Scotland, so our clients never need go anywhere else to get the legal advice they need and staff have career opportunities across the full range of specialisms. Our solid client base includes a wide variety of SMEs and large corporate clients, start-ups and entrepreneurs, family businesses, charities, universities and other public bodies, as well as private individuals and families.

We know our success is due to the contribution of our people and are committed to supporting and developing staff. We were delighted to have this commitment and our friendly open culture reflected in our success at the Business Insider Awards where we have won the Best Large Scottish Employer and Best Overall Scottish Employer categories.

Thorntons offers a wide range of career opportunities for solicitors across legal specialisms, such as Corporate Law, IP/IT, Construction, Commercial Property, Employment, Private Client, Family Law, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Immigration, Rural Property and Residential Property.  

We also have a range of support staff positions including Paralegals, Legal Secretaries, Receptionists, Estate Agency personnel, Finance, Marketing , Facilities and IT roles.

We want people who share Thorntons’ values, who pride themselves on providing the highest quality service to colleagues and clients, and want to be part of our friendly and ambitious firm.

As a firm, we work collaboratively across teams, with a flexibility and range of expertise that enable us to develop the right outcomes for clients. If you are hardworking, approachable, innovative and ambitious, you could be a perfect fit for our firm, playing a key part in helping clients and in our future growth.

Thorntons offers a comprehensive rewards and benefits package and we invest in our people, supporting them to meet their career goals, whatever they may be, through training and development and flexible opportunities.

We have a strong team ethos and emphasis on the contribution of each individual. This means you will have the opportunity to deal with clients from the start, building your profile and role visibility. 

We have a friendly, supportive open door culture. One of the comments we frequently hear from our new colleagues is that the positive culture of Thorntons is evident from the early stages of their contact with us.

At Thorntons, we also appreciate that work is not your whole life and try to promote a healthy work-life balance for all our staff. We aim to support our people throughout their career and a significant proportion of the firm work flexibly, with a commitment by the firm to further embrace ‘agile’ working practices.

Thorntons has a network of 11 offices covering Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Angus, Fife, Perth. From city bases to seaside locations and rural communities, our choice of locations mean our people can work across offices and build strong long-standing local client relationships. It also means there is great flexibility and choice as to where to be based, with the option of remote working if applicable.   

Thorntons provide a Guaranteed Job Interview Scheme. The scheme applies to all posts and guarantees an interview to any applicant with a disability who meets the essential selection criteria for the job. While completing our application form you will be asked if you are applying under the guaranteed interview scheme. Please select yes if you have a disability and you do meet the essential criteria required for the post. A member of our team will call to confirm upon receipt of your application.

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