Trainee solicitors

If you are starting out, start with the best. At Beale & Co we are looking for future leaders. In fact 9 out of our current 25 Partners trained at the Firm.

Trainee solicitors

Our training contracts are designed to provide you with first class legal experience and business skills to succeed as a lawyer. We are looking for bright, enthusiastic individuals who can think ‘outside the box’ and who are looking to build long and successful careers with us.

Trainees work alongside our leading professionals in the fields of construction (UK and international), insurance and corporate/commercial. From the start of the training programme you will be a real part of the team providing the quality service upon which we have built our reputation. We value our trainees and their contribution. You are our future. We will give you opportunities to build relationships with clients and take responsibility for your own matters.

We offer training contracts in three vibrant cities (London, Dublin and Bristol) all providing competitive salaries. There are also regular opportunities to spend time working in our Dubai office. We recognise the demands of performing in today’s business environment and encourage a healthy work/life balance as well as involvement in the active social scene within the Firm.

Trainee Recruitment Partner Ian Masser comments: “My role is to select the best and then to oversee your 2 year training to becoming a qualified solicitor. I adopt an ‘open door’ / ‘hands on’ approach. I want you to be successful. All I ask is you give it everything.”

If you are interested in joining a forward thinking firm which provides quality work and training in return for your hard work, visit the application pages to find out how.

The contract

Our trainee programme provides the necessary environment, education and support to give you the very best start in your legal career.

Training contracts start in September and last for a period of two years, which is broken down into four six month seats. Irish training contracts are structured slightly differently to meet the Irish Law Society requirements.

Our training contract includes the following:

  • Hands on and extensive practical experience in our key fields of expertise including:
    • Professional Liability
    • Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure
    • Insurance
    • International
    • Corporate and Commercial
  • Working for and sitting with a partner being involved in a wide range of matters and working as a team with fee earners at all levels.
  • A comprehensive in-house training programme: regular internal practice-specific seminars and external speakers.
  • Involvement in marketing and business development initiatives and know-how.
  • Active participation in CSR initiatives, which is a key aspect of the firm.
  • Secondment opportunities to Dubai and our clients across the world.
  • Alicia GardnerSolicitor, BristolRead Their Story˅

    I completed my two year training contract with Beale & Co in September 2022 after previously being part of the claims handling team at the firm. Being a trainee at our Bristol office, I was not sat with any one team and I worked across the office at all times. Undertaking a non-rotational training contract allowed me the opportunity to work with all fee-earners over a wide range of construction and professional negligence matters. One morning I could be locating experts for a construction dispute and by the afternoon I could be reporting to insurers as to a possible coverage issue for a solicitor insured. The ability to maintain a diverse workload across the firm, meant no two days were ever the same – this really keeps you on your toes but lends to a very exciting training contract where you are always learning.

    As Beales are specialists in defending professional negligence claims, the firms’ client base is extensive. The firm’s clients are often construction professionals such as engineers, architects and surveyors as well as solicitors and accountants, which allowed me to explore numerous professions and assess the individual risks that attach to each one. As the work is so varied, I often would ask for advice from the friendly Bristol team, who are always more than willing to assist and answer any questions that I had.

    Whilst some weeks were very challenging and as with any training contract, there is a great deal of responsibility, it was a pleasure to work with such a professional yet friendly firm who genuinely care about you and your professional development. I am excited to continue my career, now as a solicitor, with Beale & Co.

  • Daniela Miklova2nd Year Trainee, LondonRead Their Story˅

    I am currently in the first seat of my Training Contract in the Contentious Construction team.

    My first seat has been an invaluable experience having had the opportunity to assist with high-value, multi-party construction disputes on matters ranging from cladding to solar glazing. Due to the size of the firm, the option to work in different practice areas often presents itself, which has also enabled me to acquire knowledge and practical experience in insurance and professional indemnity law early on in my training. Furthermore, I enjoy working with the Dubai office regularly, which increases my exposure to international practice.

    Since joining Beales, I have been pleasantly surprised by how active a role trainees have in the firm’s business development. I regularly draft articles for the website and client notes, which are also hugely beneficial tasks for maintaining my own commercial and industry awareness during my Training Contract. Beales also provide training sessions and seminars on a regular basis that discuss relevant developments in our key practice areas, which enable me to develop my knowledge base constantly.

    Outside of the office, there are frequent opportunities to get involved with the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. So far, I have volunteered my time at numerous fundraiser events for construction industry charity CRASH, in addition to having delivered a presentation skills session to primary school classes with my co-workers.

    I greatly value the variety of work and opportunities that have arisen during my Training Contract so far and look forward to acquiring further experience and skills in my second seat.

  • Felicity Hird2nd Year Trainee, LondonRead Their Story˅

    I began my legal journey studying undergraduate Law at Newcastle University. Thereafter I completed my Masters in Law and LPC followed by a year out, prior to starting my Training Contract. My interest in environmental law and how this intersects with the construction industry is what initially attracted me to Beale & Co. The firm holds unrivalled expertise in this area, and as a sector which continues to develop at pace and scale it is exciting to work alongside colleagues who hold impressive expertise. For anyone who shares my interest I recommend looking at the Beyond Net Zero Series and accompanying podcast found here.

    So far as a Trainee I have worked on a wide variety of matters. Highlights have included adjudications, court work including a multiparty litigation in excess of £30m and pre-action work defending architects, engineers, and surveyors. At Beale & Co you are aware of the wealth of expertise at your fingertips, and are encouraged to use it in order to develop your technical legal know-how and wider professional skills. During the training contract you benefit from sharing an office with a Partner, which provides for a very well-rounded training experience.

    Last but by no means least, since joining Beale & Co the culture has been standout. A culture of respect is pervasive and hard work is rewarded. You are encouraged to develop your own professional style and are given ample opportunities to do so.

    For anyone who enjoys diverse and interesting work, with a specific interest in the construction and insurance industries, I would recommend applying for a training contract at Beale & Co.

  • James StrettonSolicitor, LondonRead Their Story˅

    I am currently completing my third seat as a Trainee Solicitor in Beale & Co’s London office.

    After joining the firm in September 2020, I spent the first year of my Training Contract working with Beale & Co’s Financial and Speciality Risks team. During this time I worked on defending a variety of professional liability claims against solicitors, insurance brokers, investment managers, accountants and other professionals associated with the financial services sector. I have been given the opportunity to actively manage and progress my own solicitor negligence cases, whilst also getting involved with higher value disputes as part of a team.

    For my third seat, I am working in the professional indemnity team. I have been involved in providing complex coverage advice to leading insurance companies which is challenging but at the same time intellectually stimulating and has increased my exposure to different ways of working.

    From the outset of my training contract I was given a high level of responsibility and have appeared in the High Court representing a client in Bankruptcy Proceedings. Beale & Co actively encourage all members of the team to share their ideas on the strategic aspects of a case and trainees are given excellent training and opportunities to allow them to succeed in a career in law.

  • Zyaad AmeenSolicitor, LondonRead Their Story˅

    I am currently completing my third seat as a Trainee Solicitor in Beale & Co’s London office.

    After joining the firm in September 2020, I spent the first seat of my Training Contract working with Beale & Co’s Contentious Construction team. During this time, I was involved in a range of tasks throughout the lifespan of different matters and cases. I worked closely with both associates and partners to draft and prepare documents and do legal research in preparation for adjudications, arbitrations, mediations, and trial. In my second seat, I was seconded to Griffiths and Armour, where I worked as a claims handler in their professional indemnity team. It was an opportunity to get client-facing experience as I was able to manage a wide and varied caseload and assist clients through the pre-action stages of claims. I was given the responsibility to handle my own cases, while at the same time I was actively supported by the G&A and Beale & Co team throughout.

    For my third seat, I am working in the Financial and Specialty Risks team. I have been involved in high-value claims against directors & officers and have been involved in providing coverage advice to insurers, which has been supplemented by my experience working at G&A. Throughout the process I have been able to transfer my skills between teams and understanding the ways in which different teams work and the needs of different clients and parties in disputes and transactions.

    Throughout my Training Contract, I have been able to involve myself in a wide variety of cases, research matters, and types of work that have created a holistic learning environment that has been outstanding in facilitating my growth as a trainee solicitor. Beale & Co encourage trainees to actively involve themselves in matters and the firm creates a collaborative working environment in which all team members, from trainees to partners, interact with each other on a regular basis in order to achieve a common goal. My Training Contract has been a stimulating and rewarding experience and I believe that it has given me the tools necessary to have a successful legal career.

  • Daniel Andoh2nd Year Trainee, LondonRead Their Story˅

    Beale & Co initially stood out as an ambitious commercial practice with cross border capabilities and multi-jurisdictional work. Since joining the firm, I have noticed it manages to balance being large enough to offer a variety of work to facilitate becoming a flexible legal advisor with a small trainee intake.

    I am currently in my first seat (contentious/construction, engineering and infrastructure) and have enjoyed working as part of a small team. Having a closer proximity to experienced solicitors has been beneficial for my development. Partners are always willing to discuss the strategy for a case to develop your commercial acumen, alongside providing detailed feedback for tasks. For example, I was recently involved in a multi-million pound fee claim adjudication for an international consulting engineer and enjoyed the collaborative nature of being given my own responsibilities and contributing to a successful win for our client. I was encouraged to contribute to resolving complex areas of cross border law and found it easy to approach the supervising partner or senior associates with queries.

    From the outset, trainees are also encouraged to get involved with business development, including writing articles and attending client meetings with partners,  to being actively involved in the firm’s CSR activities. In addition, social events are organised regularly by the firm throughout the year, and this allows trainees to get to know their colleagues across the firm, which breeds a healthy atmosphere and ‘family feel’ in the firm.

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