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					                     TRAINING CONTRACTS
                     BEN HOARE BELL LLP

What we offer our trainees
We normally employ 6 or 7 trainees at anyone time

Our trainees are important to us. They are the future of the firm. We invest heavily in
their training.

You will be given a thorough initial induction and will have the benefit of a solicitor
mentor. This person will remain your mentor throughout your time as a trainee. Mentors
operate outside the line management and supervisor systems in the firm and they can
assist you in understanding the legal world and will support you as you develop as a

Most trainees have 3 seats in the course of their 2 years although there is room for
negotiation . They can include
    1. Crime
    2. Personal Injury
    3. Police Misconduct
    4. Health and Social Care Law, Public law, Mental Health
    5. Clinical Negligence,
    6. Housing,
    7. Family - this will include Child Care public law work
    8. Forced Marriage, Child Abduction
At the end of each seat there is a full review and appraisal of your development and
future training needs with the Training Principal and manager.

Apart from developing casework and legal research skills we encourage trainees to
become involved in the wider life of the firm and to develop other skills.
In recent years our trainees have:
    1. Delivered training talks to Not for Profit agency staff
    2. Helped to developed Marketing initiatives and redesign our web presence
    3. Helped to plan Firm wide training events
    4. Attended conferences on behalf of a consortium of agencies and reported back
    5. Lectured at local Universities
    6. Helped to organise an international conference
    7. Organised social events for the whole firm
    8. Produced copy for and negotiated with the local press
    9. Taken a case to the Court of Appeal
    10. Organised our Pro bono clinic
How to apply and what happens next
  Most training contracts start in September

  We put out adverts and information both via our website (
  and directly to relevant educational establishments in the May , 16 months before the
  contracts are due to start. We do not accept applications before May

  We openly publish the criteria by which we judge applications

  Applications are by CV with covering letter and should be sent by e mail to:

  In October we compile a long list and invite up to 20 candidates to undertake a
  written exercise “at home” but under timed exam conditions. This exam will be sent
  by e mail.

  From this a shortlist of about 8 will be chosen and these candidates will be asked to
  attend an assessment day

  Short listed Candidates will be interviewed and are asked to complete some
  exercises and will have the opportunity to speak with trainees presently at the Firm

  The feed back we have had from candidates is that they find this process fair, rigorous
  and enjoyable. Which probably shows that many lawyers are masochists at heart.

  We offer feed back to all candidates who make it to the long and short lists so that
  even if you are not successful with us you will receive an objective assessment of
  your application. We do not have the resources to offer feedback candidates who do
  not proceed to these stages .

  If you still have queries, e mail:
Who are Ben Hoare Bell LLP?
Ben Hoare Bell LLP was established in 1978 and now employs around 90 staff, across
5 offices in Newcastle , Sunderland ,Gateshead and North Tyneside

The firm is committed to providing high-quality legal advice and representation to clients
providing specialist advice across a wide range of law.

Ben Hoare Bell LLP is one of the largest providers of publicly funded legal services in
the region, although we undertake a large and increasing amount of private work

We were one of the first firms to be awarded the Legal Services Commission franchise
for quality services in all our principal areas of practice. We are committed to keeping
our clients fully informed, in plain language, about the progress of their cases and to
giving clear information at all stages about legal costs.

In 2003 , in 2004 and again in 2008 the firm was the only Solicitor’s firm in the country
to be awarded a C.L.S Development fund grant by the LSC. The money was used to
work with a wide range of “Not for Profit “sector organisations to develop advice for
specific hard to reach groups in the North East.
A large proportion of our solicitors are accredited as members of specialist panels in their
fields of work and our emphasis on continuing education helps to ensure that we are able
to bring up-to-date knowledge to all areas in which we practice. Many of our lawyers also
provide training and lecture or write on their particular fields. We recognise that there is
far more to being a lawyer than case work. We are always seeking new ways of meeting
the needs of our client group.

We have solicitors who are members of the Law Society Children Panel, Mental Health
Panel, Personal Injury Panel, Family Panel, Clinical Negligence Panel, AvMA Referral
Panel, Resolution Accredited Specialist Panel, Collaborative Law and the Duty Solicitor
Panel. The Firm is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. 10 of our
solicitors are Solicitor Advocates with Higher Rights of Audience.

In 2006 we gained Investor in People accreditation and were re-accredited in 2008 and
2011 . In 2011 we gained Lexcel

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