We believe in developing and nurturing talent to help our trainees reach their fullest potential. As a trainee at Hegarty Solicitors, you won’t be sitting on the sidelines; you will be gaining real hands on experience. You will be encouraged to participate fully in client meetings, attend court and tribunal hearings and take part in seminars, networking events and other marketing activity.
We will work closely with you to make sure that you are fully supported at all times, and that you are continually stretched and developed. We focus not only on developing your legal knowledge, but also on the other skills that a great lawyer needs, such as building relationships with clients, business development, commercial acumen and much, much more.
About Your Contract
Your training contract will be for two years, full time. Your training is divided up into four seats, each lasting six months, from the following departments within the firm:
- Dispute Resolution
- Family Law
- Criminal Defence
- Corporate / Commercial Law
- Commercial Property
- Private Client
Your fourth and final seat of training will be a seat of your choice – usually the area into which you wish to qualify.
Upon successful completion of your training contract you can apply to the roll of solicitors in England and Wales, which entitles you to practice as a solicitor.
Support For The Journey
As a trainee, you’ll be assigned a mentor, someone you can go to with basic queries, problems or just to talk. This is usually a newly qualified solicitor who has just come through the training process themselves and who understands exactly what you are experiencing.
You will also be allocated a training principal, who will be a more experienced solicitor who is responsible for your training and development, and with whom you can discuss specific queries or concerns you might have.
You will receive a six monthly appraisal of your progress from the training partner, which will be based on feedback from the head of department of your previous seat. These appraisals are conducted in accordance with the Law Society Guidelines and give you the opportunity to comment on the training you are receiving as well as providing you with feedback about your performance.
Have a look at our trainee testimonials to see how our current trainees are finding the experience.
Have You Got What It Takes?
You will need to have a law degree and have completed your legal practice course (LPC) before you can apply. Applicants with a minimum 2:1 degree are preferred.
In addition, you will also need to able to demonstrate that you have that little extra something. We are looking for trainees who are motivated, positive and ambitious. You must be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills and the ability to work as a team. You must have real energy, commitment and drive, and, above all else, you must be willing to help us go the extra mile for our clients.
We are committed to equal opportunities and do not discriminate in any way on grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion or disability.
A Bright Future
We see training and developing people as an investment in our future. And, while we can’t guarantee you a position with the firm when you have completed your training contract, we do like to keep our trainees where possible. In fact, five out of ten of the firm’s partners joined us as trainees!
How To Apply
To apply for a training contract at Hegarty Solicitors, send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to:
Applications should be sent after 1 st September two years preceding the start of the contract (i.e. send applications after 1 st September 2017 for contracts starting in 2019).