Working for Hegarty is rewarding, challenging and stimulating.
We are an expanding practice with a reputation for excellence, and a focus on achieving the best results possible for our clients.
We know that it is our people that make us one of the most successful law firms in Peterborough, Market Deeping, Stamford and Oakham, so we invest significant time in the recruitment and training of our staff.
Expertise alone is not enough; to work for us you must also share our vision for delivering exceptional client care.
We are passionate about developing people throughout their careers. From our partners to our administrative assistants, we value the contribution that each person makes to the firm and seek to continually challenge and develop their professional skills.
Our administrators have gone on to become legal secretaries; secretaries have become legal executives and some of our trainees have gone on to become partners.
Private Client Solicitor or Chartered Legal Executive
Commercial Property Solicitor
Trainee Case Handler
Head of Commercial Property
Corporate Commercial Solicitor
Commercial and Civil Litigation Solicitor
Our 2024 Work Experience Placement Programme is closed to new applications. Applications for 2025 will open in October 2024.
Experience what it is really like to work for a busy, vibrant law firm.
Rather than simply observing solicitors at work or worse, spending the week filing and making tea*, you will be given a series of case studies to complete which allows you to build up a portfolio of work to take away with you.
A case study may include drafting a will, going to court or attending an employment tribunal – providing real, practical, hands on experience.
We prioritise students studying law and, unfortunately, we are unable to accept students below the age of 18, given restrictions made by the courts.
*some tea making may be required!
Our work experience programme is currently full for 2024 and we are not accepting further applications at this time.
Applications for 2025 will open in October 2024.
We believe in developing and nurturing talent to help our trainees reach their fullest potential. As a trainee at Hegarty, you won’t be sitting on the sidelines; you will be gaining real hands on experience.
We focus not only on developing your legal knowledge, but also on the other skills that a great lawyer needs, such as building relationships with clients, business development, commercial acumen and much, much more.
Your training contract will be for two years, full time. Your training is divided up into four seats, each lasting six months, from the following departments within the firm:
Your fourth and final seat of training will be a seat of your choice – usually the area into which you wish to qualify.
Upon successful completion of your training contract you can apply to the roll of solicitors in England and Wales, which entitles you to practice as a solicitor.
As a trainee, you’ll be assigned a mentor, someone you can go to with basic queries, problems or just to talk. This is usually a newly qualified solicitor who has just come through the training process themselves and who understands exactly what you are experiencing.
You will also be allocated a training principal, who will be a more experienced solicitor who is responsible for your training and development, and with whom you can discuss specific queries or concerns you might have.
You will receive a six monthly appraisal of your progress from the training partner, which will be based on feedback from the head of department of your previous seat. These appraisals are conducted in accordance with the Law Society Guidelines and give you the opportunity to comment on the training you are receiving as well as providing you with feedback about your performance.
You will need to have a law degree and have completed your legal practice course (LPC) before you can apply. Applicants with a minimum 2:1 degree are preferred.
In addition, you will also need to able to demonstrate that you have that little extra something. We are looking for trainees who are motivated, positive and ambitious. You must be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills and the ability to work as a team. You must have real energy, commitment and drive, and, above all else, you must be willing to help us go the extra mile for our clients.
We are committed to equal opportunities and do not discriminate in any way on grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion or disability.
To apply for a training contract at Hegarty Solicitors, send a copy of your CV and a covering letter to:
Applications should be sent after 1st September two years preceding the start of the contract (i.e. send applications after 1 st September 2022 for contracts starting in 2024).
Angelina Kotowicz-Mietelska – Trainee Legal Secretary
In addition to trainee solicitors, we also employ a number of trainees in other roles.
Read Angelina's testimonial to see how our current trainees are finding the experience.
After finishing college at the age of 19, I immediately went into a full-time job and I am still working my way up.
University never really appealed to me and that is why I continued to go into different job roles from the age of 15.
I joined Hegarty Solicitors in September 2016 as an administration assistant. I have always liked the idea of working in an office environment and this is partly why I enjoy working at Hegarty Solicitors. In June 2017, I became a trainee legal secretary within the Litigation Department. I am very pleased to have gained this position and find it fascinating learning about the different areas of Litigation Law.
In my opinion, starting as an administration assistant was the best option for me as I got to know everyone within the firm and the firm itself. This gave me an understanding of the services we provide our clients with.
I was worried that I would never have a ‘career’ as I did not go to University but the firm has changed this for me. There are many training courses that I can take to help me develop and progress further within the firm and I can still do this whilst working. I know this will be challenging, however, I am ready for this challenge. Additionally, I know that the staff will also support me with what I choose to do in the future.
Every staff member is ever so helpful here at Hegarty Solicitors including the Partners who are very easy to talk to and give excellent advice. I am so happy to be a part of it all. Let’s see what the future brings!