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Payne Hicks Beach is a specialist Lincoln's Inn based firm established in 1730 providing a full range of legal services to domestic and international private and commercial clients.
The firm's reputation has been built on family and private client work as one of the small number of firms in the UK who provide these services at the highest level. Its commanding position in these areas is complemented by an excellent reputation for contentious trusts and dispute resolution, privacy and media law, company and commercial law, employment, residential and commercial property and citizenship and immigration work. Despite their position in the market, Payne Hicks Beach's lawyers pride themselves on the confidentiality and discretion with which they conduct their work, not least because the firm's clients include many household names, as a result of which the firm is one of London's best kept secrets.
The career prospects are demonstrated by our retention rates and the long service of staff.
We do not offer work placements.
Trainees usually spend six months in each of four specialist departments, with their preferences being taken into account in this rotation so far as possible. There is only one trainee per department at any one time, so he or she plays a very important role, receiving a high level of responsibility, with real work and supervised client contact from the outset.
Trainees are subject to regular assessment, with mid seat reviews and end of seat appraisals, and engage in the required Professional Skills and induction courses, as well as a formal in-house training programme. However, with the firm's team outlook and open door policy they also have constant access to help and support from partners and associates who are acknowledged experts in their fields.
Payne Hicks Beach offers full GDL and LPC funding, and a maintenance grant each year of study. BPP law school is the firm's preferred provider.
- Dispute resolution
- Private Client
- General Practice
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Training contract applications:||389 (2018)|
|Retention rate:||66% (2017)|