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Graduate Recruitment

We are looking for outstanding candidates who we think will contribute to the future of the Firm.

During the Vacation Scheme and/or your Training Contract, you will gain a breadth of experience in different practice areas and, therefore, be in a better position to make decisions about your future career in law.

The Recruitment Team

Our team includes Lucy Gray and Jan Rzedzian. Jan leads the team and is a Partner and Head of the firm’s Construction & Engineering unit. Lucy is a Partner specialising in Commercial Litigation and is responsible for the firm’s CSR programme

Lucy Gray                

Application Process

Applications can be made by completing the form above and returning it to recruitment@hay-kilner.co.uk . You are able to make a single application for the Vacation Scheme or the Training Contract, although most applications are for both.

Applications for the Vacation Scheme and training contracts open in January, with a submission deadline at the end of February.

While academic excellence is important, we are also interested in your other achievements. You must have a desire to work in the North East and for Hay & Kilner. We welcome applications from those with both law and non-law backgrounds, and our current and past trainees reflect this. We require applicants to have a 2.1 or higher, unless there are genuine mitigating circumstances to explain a lower grade.

The Recruitment Process

Our recruitment process consists of the following stages:

  • An application
  • An initial interactive session, which lasts approximately one hour
  • A written exercise

Selected candidates may be interviewed at a later stage.

If a candidate is abroad and cannot come to our office, we can make alternative arrangements.

The recruitment team will carry out the interviewing although you will get the opportunity to meet our trainees and to ask them questions.

The recruitment process for the Vacation Scheme is generally finished by April and offers made.

The recruitment process for training contracts is generally completed by the end of July and offers made thereafter.

The recruitment process is intended to test your written and interpersonal skills and to see how you deal with certain situations. Although this may sound daunting to some, many candidates say that they have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

We are always happy to provide feedback or answer any questions that you may have. Please contact Jan Rzedzian with any such requests or questions.

The Summer Vacation Scheme

The Vacation Scheme will take place in June 2021. We select up to 8 candidates to join us in each week.

You will sit in 5 different work areas. We ask you to say which areas of law you would like to experience and we will try to accommodate your requests.

During the week, you will sit with a Partner or a Solicitor. At the end of each seat, you will be given feedback on the work that you have done.

Our trainees will also be on hand to ensure that you enjoy and get the most out of the week. You will have the opportunity to have lunch with our trainees so that you can get to know them better and ask them questions.

The Training Contract

Your Training Contract will consist of four 6-month seats in both contentious and non-contentious areas of law. As a trainee you will be given early responsibility and work as part of the team.

We think that it is very important to recruit our solicitors from our trainees and many of the members of our firm, including our Managing Partner, Jonathan Waters, and both Jan and Lucy, were also trainees at the Firm.

Our Trainees

Our current trainees are Lydia Sevenoaks, Charles Danjoux and Nicole Fenton. For more information on life at Hay & Kilner, and to see what the social side of being a trainee looks like, check out our trainee brochure here.