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.
  • Zak Mehmood2nd Year Trainee, Bristol OfficeRead Their Story˅

    As a trainee in the Bristol office, I am not sat with any one team. Instead, undertaking a non-rotational training contract where I have the opportunity to work with fee-earners on a wide range of contentious construction and/or professional negligence matters – lending real legitimacy to the otherwise clichéd claim that “no two days are the same”.

    The best example of the above is a working week in which I advised a solicitor’s firm on their possible exposure in a claim, prepared instructions for an expert in a construction dispute, assisted a Partner with an urgent disclosure task and to top it off, was even fortunate enough to see two QC’s battling it out in an interim application hearing in the Rolls Building!

    Possibly the most striking part of the job, I have found, is the firm’s client base. Beales are specialists in defending professional negligence claims, and so the firm’s clients are often high-flying engineers, solicitors and accountants. There have been times, where as a trainee, I have found myself reporting on possible litigation risks to lawyers with over 20 years of post-qualification experience. Whilst it may sound daunting, there is a great novelty to being the ‘lawyer’s lawyer’ and if in doubt, I know that I can always rely on the friendly Bristol team to answer any questions that I might have.

    Like with any training contract, there is a great deal of responsibility and some days are extremely challenging but I feel privileged to be training in a firm which has placed a strong emphasis on my professional development from day one.

  • Emily Hunt2nd Year Trainee, Read Their Story˅

    I have recently started the third seat of my training contract in the Contentious Construction team.

    My first year at Beales has been a really valuable and varied experience. In contentious construction, I have been able to actively manage and progress my own cases, while also getting involved with larger multi-party construction disputes. I have also gained experience in a range of other practice areas, including contracts and projects advisory work, commercial property transactions and employment law.

    I found that at an early stage of my training contract I was given a high level of responsibility and I was encouraged to share my thoughts on the tactical and strategic aspects of a case. I also regularly attend client meetings, liaise with the solicitors on the other side and draft key documents, such as Letter of Responses and Instructions to Experts.

    At Beales there are a range of opportunities for trainees to attend external seminars and networking events. The seminars cover a wide range of topics such as international arbitration, enforcement options and standard construction contracts. These enable trainees to build professional relationships in the industry and gain specialist knowledge in the areas of construction and insurance.

    There are also many opportunities at Beales for trainees to get involved in the firm’s business development. During my first year, I have been able to write articles for the firm’s website, give presentations to my co-workers and actively participate in the firm’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Group.

    I have really enjoyed my first year training at Beales and I am looking forward to developing my skills further during my second year.

  • Emmy MarshallSolicitor (Ireland), Dublin OfficeRead Their Story˅

    I am currently in my final year of training in the Dublin office and have worked primarily in professional indemnity litigation and construction dispute resolution. I have also been afforded the opportunity to claims handle for a large London based insurer where I have managed a book of employer’s liability and public liability claims which has been invaluable for gaining experience in coverage advice and investigating commercial claims.

    With Beale & Co you will gain experience by working alongside some of the leading insurance defence and construction lawyers in Ireland and the UK. There is a constant firm-wide knowledge bank to support you during your training as you work in a partner led team and you will be encouraged to be as hands on as possible in the running of files. As a trainee at Beale & Co you will gain strong experience attending court, liaising with clients, experts and other professionals, drafting key documents and providing advice on technical points. You will be involved in high value commercial claims and will have the opportunity to contribute to offering advice and assistance to insurers and their insureds.. There is also a demonstrated history of encouraging trainees to network outside the firm and you will be supported in attending client events and talks.

    As a trainee you will also have the opportunity to get involved in the strong CSR and Wellness culture we have developed at Beale & Co where you can assist in the organisation of the many events we support throughout the year. As we are a strong team there is also an excellent social side and we regularly organise social outings.

    The work involved as a trainee at Beale & Co is challenging but undoubtedly rewarding and your time here will prepare you incredibly for the next step as a NQ Solicitor.

  • James HughesSolicitor, London OfficeRead 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 2019, I spent the first six months of my Training Contract working closely with Beale & Co’s contentious construction team. I assisted on a broad range of construction disputes, and had the opportunity to gain practical experience dealing with matters from inception through to settlement. In addition to my work within the contentious construction team, during my first seat I also provided ad-hoc assistance on both non-contentious and Corporate matters.

    My second-seat was with the Insurance team. Providing advice in relation to Professional Indemnity (PI) policies has been a mainstay of the firm for decades, and I was involved in several PI-related matters during this seat. I was also given responsibility for a PI matter of my own, which I handled under the supervision of one of the firm’s Associates and a Partner. This level of responsibility is reflective of the hands-on approach that the firm expects Trainees to adopt. Ultimately, dealing with the matter has been extremely valuable for both my personal and professional development, and I have no doubt that this experience will be of use as I continue to progress towards qualification.

    For my third-seat, I am spending six months on secondment at a design, engineering and project management consultancy. Whilst I am currently less than a month into the secondment, I am already finding it to be of benefit. I am learning first-hand the types of challenges that the client encounters on a regular basis, and gaining a greater understanding of the advice that our client expects Beale & Co to provide when they request assistance from us. In addition, through the secondment I am developing my non-contentious construction knowledge, with tasks such as contract reviews forming a regular part of my work.

    Overall, the work that I have undertaken since joining Beale & Co has been incredibly diverse, with the matters on which I have provided assistance ranging from the settlement of an Architect’s fee claim to the negotiation of the grant of a new commercial Lease. However, whilst this has invariably presented its challenges, the firms transparent and collegiate nature means that you very rarely feel overwhelmed by the work that you are given. Beale & Co operates an “open door” policy, and should you require clarification or assistance in relation on a particular task, you will almost always find that a more senior member of the firm is willing to sit-down and explain both what is needed and how it can be achieved.

    In addition to involvement in on-going matters, Trainees at Beale & Co are actively encouraged to become involved in the firm’s Business Development initiatives. In this respect, I have already had the opportunity to write several articles that have been published on Beale & Co’s website and social media pages, as well as becoming involved with the launch of the firm’s “Global Vantage” campaign, which aims to further awareness of Beale & Co’s international prowess. I have found these aspects of my work to be incredibly rewarding, and useful in building my awareness of the key issues impacting the sectors in which the firm specialises.

    I am very glad that I choose to apply for a Training contract with Beale & Co, and would encourage anyone looking for a firm that offers exceptional quality training within an inclusive and supportive environment to do the same.

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