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Graduate opportunities

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Graduate Recruitment

At Hay & Kilner, 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 in a better position to make decisions about your future career in law.

The Recruitment Team

          Jan Rzedzian Construction Lawyer


  Jan Rzedzian leads the team and is a Partner and Head of Construction & Engineering.  


Lucy Gray cropped



  Lucy Gray is a Partner in our Commercial Litigation team and leads the firm’s CSR programme.


Application Process

Applications can be made by completing this form 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 considered for both.

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.

Grad Rec Timeline (002)

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.

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

The process is intended to test your written and interpersonal skills and to see how you deal with certain situations.

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

The Summer Vacation Scheme

The Vacation Scheme will take place in June 2022 and we will select up to 8 candidates to join us in each week.

You will have the chance to sit in up to 5 different departments and we will ask you which areas of law you would like to experience. We will try to accommodate all requests where possible.

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, with the opportunity to have lunch with them so that you can get to know them better and ask them questions.

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

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.

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

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.