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Graduate Recruitment

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

We are a full service Law Firm, acting for both businesses and individuals. We are recommended in 19 work areas in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. In 2018, the Firm was shortlisted for 10 Northern Law Awards.

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 Ros Sparrow, Lucy Gray and Jan Rzedzian.  Ros leads the team and is an Insurance Litigator. Lucy specialises in Commercial Litigation and is responsible for the Firm’s CSR programme. Jan is an Associate Solicitor specialising in Construction, and is also a member of our Firm Development Group.

Ros Sparrow                Lucy Gray                

Application Process

Applications can only be made via our website. You are able to make a single application for the Vacation Scheme or the Training Contract, although most applications are for both.

The deadline for applications for the Vacation Scheme is the end of February. The end of April is the deadline for applications for training contracts.

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.

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The Recruitment Process

Our recruitment process consists of the following stages:

  • An online 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 make alternative arrangements.

The recruitment team 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. We shall contribute to the cost of LPC fees for those applicants accepting a training contract offer from 2019.

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 Ros Sparrow with any such requests or questions.

The Summer Vacation Scheme

The Vacation Scheme will take place in the weeks commencing 17 June 2019 and 24 June 2019. 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 try to accommodate most of 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. We finish off the week with some drinks, where you can meet other members of the Firm, and celebrate the end of the week!

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 our Training Principal, Nicola Matthews, and both Jan and Lucy, were also trainees at the Firm.

Our Trainees

Our current trainees are Tom Bridge, Abby Dorani, Rob Hackett and Bethany Herbertson. 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.

Tom Bridge                      Abby Dorani                      Robert Hackett                      Bethany Herbertson