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Application details and method of selection
An assessment day comprising group activities. If successful candidates are invited back for an interview.
Firm description and career prospects
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.
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.
We do not offer work placements.
Training contract programme
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.
Dispute resolution, employment, corporate, family, private client, property
Type of practice