Member of the Month: July 2013

Craig Stephen


Originally from Aberdeen, Craig kicked off his career with a move to Glasgow and is now a regular at GYP events.  He’s a man with a nose for whisky, an eye for goal and a head for heights! Read on to find out more about him and the upcoming GYP events he’s most looking forward to.

What’s your background?

I was brought up in the north east of Scotland and studied Law with options in Accountancy at the University of Aberdeen. I moved down to Glasgow in August of last year and have to say I’m enjoying Glasgow life so far.


Tell us about your job/company – why did you choose it, what does it involve, what’s the best thing about it?

I work as a trainee solicitor for MacRoberts LLP. At the moment I am based in the Real Estate division, assisting mainly with commercial property transactions. No two days are the same, which is great for a trainee as new skills are developed on a daily basis.

Accepting the offer of employment with MacRoberts was an easy decision for me – the reputation of the firm speaks for itself. The lure of the central belt was also a strong factor of my decision as I felt it would open up more opportunities and offer a wider range of work – although I was orignally meant to be based in Edinburgh!

I was conscious that after university certain areas of law would be completely different in practice – so it was important for me that my traineeship would involve a variety of “seats” (over the course of the 2 year traineeship we spend 6 months in four divisions).  As MacRoberts is a full service commercial law firm, at the end of my two years I will hopefully have been exposed to a wide variety of work which will help in deciding what I would like to specialise in when I fully qualify. It also makes a difference going to work in a state-of-the-art office like Capella – although it has been hard these past couple of weeks glancing out at such superb weather!


If money and time were no object, what would you do?

I’d start working towards a frozen ATPL with the aim of becoming a commercial pilot – flying for a living has always been a (rather expensive) childhood dream.


When you’re not working what do you enjoy doing?


The standard answer here unfortunately – football.  I’ve been involved from a playing perspective from around the age of 6, from playing at grass roots level up to junior and highland league up in Aberdeen.  Since moving down I’ve not played too much due to work, but I’m hoping to get back into the game as soon as possible.

I also enjoy a good whisky/wine tasting event – my appreciation of these certainly comes from previous experience having worked at The Marcliffe in Aberdeen for over five years. I wouldn’t consider myself an expert of this area, but I would like to think I have developed a reasonable understanding of the good things in life!

I also enjoy activities such as golf, travelling, running, a good night out and exploring new parts of Scotland on a Sunday drive.


Any recommendations for things to do in and around Glasgow?

Inverarity run frequent tasting events at their premises on Bath Street. These are great informal tastings hosted by Pete and Andy which always amuse and excite.  Dangerous on a school night however!

A splendid pub and a new favourite of mine is the Tullie Inn at Balloch – something away from the noise and fumes of the city which is great on a glorious day.

I’m also partial to a night out in Boteco de Brasil – always a great laugh although my salsa skills are largely questionable.


Why did you join GYP? Any advice for new members or those thinking about coming to their first event?

I was invited along to the end of month drinks back in September by Richard, a colleague of mine at MacRoberts.  It was a cracking night which provided a great way of networking in an unfamiliar territory – one which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I’ve hardly missed an event since.

I would definitely encourage anyone interested in GYP to come along and form their own impression – I find it informal, relaxed, enjoyable and would certainly recommend it.  Also, don’t be scared about approaching people, everyone is there to make new contacts so don’t hide away in a corner.


What has been your favourite GYP event and why?

For reasons above, I really enjoyed “The Value of Intellectual Property Assets: An Introduction Over Whisky” which was a cracking evening.  The beer tasting at Hippo Beers was also superb.


Which upcoming GYP event are you most looking forward to and why? Are there any events you would like to see us run?

It would have to be the Summer Party in August which is shaping up to be a cracking day. I missed the Burns Supper Ceilidh last year so I’m also looking forward to the next ceilidh when it comes around in January.


You can find Craig on Twitter and LinkedIn, and you can find out more about MacRoberts on their website

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