Payne Hicks Beach

Payne Hicks Beach

Details of Training

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 five 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

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.


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 and the Legal Practice Course 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

Trainees are selected from a large number of applicants, so very high standards are set in the selection process.

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.



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