Application Process

The application process for our 2019 Trainee Programme has now closed. Applications for our 2020 Programme will open in September 2019.

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“At Hayes solicitors we believe our trainee programme is motivating, encouraging and rewarding. We focus on ensuring that our trainees get experience in all of the key areas in order to qualify and to develop to become an expert solicitor and advisor. We are proud that our trainees have progressed to successful careers, many with Hayes solicitors and others in industry or other firms.

As a former trainee with the firm, I can vouch for the programme myself - as can the majority of the partners and solicitors in the firm.

We look forward to hearing from you.”

- David Phelan, Managing Partner

During your two-year training programme with Hayes, you will work in a number of different practice areas, building your legal expertise through working closely with the firm’s partners, associates and newly-qualified solicitors. You will be invited to attend and participate in team and client meetings. Our programme also provides you with the opportunity to attend a series of internal presentations by lawyers and members of our business support teams. These are designed to enhance your legal knowledge and provide you with insights on how a law firm operates. There are also regular social events organised by our active Social Committee, which will give you the opportunity to meet everyone in the firm.


Trainee Experience

Cian Clinch, Associate Solicitor in our Commercial and Business Team, talks about his experience of being a trainee at Hayes:

“Hayes is a great firm to work for. As a trainee I worked for a number of different departments within the firm, in the process gaining an insight into the firm’s practice areas and what being a solicitor in the firm would entail. That experience provided me with exposure to different areas of law and enabled me to discern where my main interests lay. On a practical level, I was given both considerable responsibility and excellent support and supervision from my supervising partners and solicitors in terms of the tasks allocated to me. Throughout my traineeship the level of responsibility given to me increased and this stood me in extremely good stead on becoming a fully qualified solicitor”.

- Cian Clinch, Associate Solicitor

Trainee Experience

Catherine Jane O'Rourke, Solicitor on our Banking and Financial Services Team, took part in our trainee programme:

“Trainees at Hayes are given a fantastic insight into what life is like as a solicitor. From a very early stage, I was given considerable responsibility in terms of file management and assisting with the provision of legal advice, while always under the helpful guidance of my training partners and solicitors. The structured training programme meant I was given an invaluable opportunity to rotate across various practice areas. This gave me a better understanding of my own skill set together with the direction I wanted my career to take"

- Catherine Jane O'Rourke, Solicitor



Our legal intern programme provides you with an excellent opportunity to find out if a career in law is for you. Our legal interns get to work closely with our trainees and qualified lawyers, assisting on transactions and cases for our clients. We are now accepting intern applications. Please send your CV and cover letter to Mo Walsh


Click here for more information on our Trainee Programme.