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Training Contract - 2026 - Payne Hicks Beach

Training Contract - 2026 - Payne Hicks Beach

companyPayne Hicks Beach
locationLondon, UK
PublishedPublished: Published 4 weeks ago
Full time
Role CommencementWithin 2 years
SRA QWE competencesApplying critical thinking and analysis (SRA competences A5) | Applying legal principles (SRA competences A4) | Clear Oral and Written Communication (SRA competences C1) | Client centred advisory work (SRA competences B3) | Client relationships (SRA competences C2) | Learning from practice and other people (SRA competences A2) | Legal Drafting (SRA competences B4) | Legal Research (SRA competences B2) | Opportunity to gain feedback from effective supervision (SRA competences A3) | Negotiation (SRA competences B6) | Project/case management (SRA competences B7) | Technical legal practice (SRA competences B1) | Understanding the business and compliance environment of the organisation (SRA competences D2) | Self-management (SRA competences D1) | Working in professionally regulated environment (SRA competences A1) | Professional workplace relationships (SRA competences C3)

Deadline: 31 July 2024

Payne Hicks Beach LLP is a long-established firm of solicitors with a history since 1770. We are privileged to be located in picturesque Lincoln’s Inn at the heart of the legal world in Central London.

We have broad ranging practice areas from Private Client and Family to Property and Corporate. Our solicitors have an excellent level of technical expertise and we have an outstanding reputation in many of our practice areas.

Payne Hicks Beach LLP is noted as having a first-rate training programme for aspiring solicitors. The firm has been included in The Lex 100 Winners List for many years and has again been named a Lex 100 Winner for 2018/19. Over the years, the firm has received top tier place medals for job satisfaction, living up to expectations, work life balance, friendliness of the firm, quality of work, client contact and stress levels.

We are looking to recruit four trainees for training commencing in September 2026. 

Following the closing date all applications will be reviewed. 

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment day on either 12, 14 or 15 August 2024.

Candidates will be told as soon as possible following the assessment day whether they have been selected for interview. We will also notify you if you are on the interview reserve list. If a place then becomes available it will be offered to a reserve. 

Interviews will take place on the 20 and 22 August 2024.

No other dates are available for either the assessments or interviews, so if you are unavailable on those dates, you will not be considered.

Offer letters will be sent out as soon as verbal acceptances are received. At that time, those on the reserve list will also be notified.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unfortunately unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates, so please do not ask for this.

During the two year training period trainee solicitors usually spend six months in four of the top leading law firm, Payne Hicks Beach LLP’s six specialist departments, so that they have experience of a wide cross-section of the Firm’s work.

These departments are:

  • Private Client
  • Family
  • Company and Commercial (including Employment)
  • Property
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Citizenship & Immigration

As far as possible, the trainee’s choice of department will be taken into consideration. Trainees are involved in the day to day activities of the department to which they are assigned. They attend conferences with clients, counsel and other professional advisers and may be asked to assist in all aspects of the department’s work. Since there is usually only one trainee per department at any one time, the trainee plays a very important role.

During each six month period the trainees are given increased responsibility, depending on their ability and aptitude, and are subject to continued assessment. Mid and end of seat appraisals take place.

The Firm considers the continuing academic learning of its trainees to be extremely important. In addition to the Professional Skills and induction courses, the Firm runs a formal training programme and trainees are required to attend all lectures and seminars, on various legal topics, held throughout the two year period.

Partners, Senior Associates and many others devote a great deal of time to your development. As one of a small intake of trainees each year, you will need to be ready for real work and supervised client contact from the very start.

All trainee solicitors must complete the Professional Skills Course (PSC) or the Solicitors Qualifying Exam during their training contract. The PSC comprises two sections: Core and Electives. In addition to the PSC, you will attend a general induction to the firm, equipping you with the basic skills you need for the first day in your seat.

We pay a competitive rate of remuneration and benefits, comparable to similar firms in London.

Course Fees and Maintenance Grant
The fees for the Postgraduate Diploma in Law, the Legal Practice Course, the Solicitors Qualifying Exam and a maintenance grant whist studying are paid, if incurred after selection. These are not repayable provided examinations are passed at the first attempt, training is completed and the trainee remains with the Firm for a period of at least two years post qualification.

We have an exclusive arrangement for the provision of legal training with BPP.

Academic Requirements
We expect successful applicants have obtained, or be on course for a 2:1 degree classification for their undergraduate course, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Selection Process
Trainees are selected from a large number of applicants, so very high standards are set in the selection process. The Firm recruits both law and non-law graduates and also mature students. Although good academic qualifications are essential, (an upper second class degree is a minimum requirement), we are also looking for applicants with personality and enthusiasm.

If you have any enquiries, please forward these to

Practice area

  • Business, company and commercial affairs
  • Family law
  • Commercial property / conveyancing
  • Residential property / conveyancing
  • Dispute resolution / Civil litigation
  • Immigration law
  • Employment law
  • Probate, wills and trusts

Required degree level

  • Law degree/GDL/CILEX level 6 or equivalent
  • Non-law degree