Payne Hicks Beach
Payne Hicks Beach

Information for Trainees

"If you are looking for a firm that 'earns consistent praise from previous trainees' and can provide high-quality files and great client contact, then Payne Hicks Beach could be the ideal place for you" Lex 100: the student guide to the UK's premier law firms

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.

The review given by The Lex 100 states:-

if you’re looking for 'better working hours, higher quality work, and great client contact’, choose Payne Hicks Beach

The Lex 100 Guide comments that trainees at the firm "enjoy the high level of responsibility they are granted as there is only one trainee per department". In addition "the people are fantastic, creating a real sense of camaraderie". They also like "feeling part of the team and being acknowledged for good work"


  • 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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  • Training Programme

    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.

    Trainees need to develop a range of skills to enable them to become a successful solicitor.

    All trainee solicitors must complete the Professional Skills Course (PSC) during their training contract and 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.


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  • Social Life

    The Firm is a sociable environment in which to work. It organises various cricket, tennis, sailing and other sports and social activities including the London Legal Walk, wine tasting and quiz nights.

    All members of staff also participate in events laid on in support of our chosen charities.


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  • Diversity

    The Firm is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and all applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

    The Firm ensures that everyone is equally valued, respected, and treated with dignity and fairness.

    To view our diversity statement please click here.

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  • A day in the Life of a Trainee

    Cameron Crees, trainee, Payne Hicks Beach LLP

    Departments to date: Private Client and Dispute Resolution

    University: Durham

    Click here to read Cameron's article.