Careers at Holmes & Hills

Providing flexible working arrangements, support from senior team members who are independently recognised as leading solicitors and excellent career opportunities.

Work in partnership with clients, professional contacts and colleagues across East Anglia

Holmes & Hills Solicitors has grown significantly in recent years and continues to pursue an ambitious growth strategy. Underpinning this growth strategy is recruiting excellent people for positions across the business, including senior and junior lawyers, trainees, support staff and management.

Lawyers and support staff at Holmes & Hills work in partnership with clients and professional contacts when providing legal services. When you join Holmes & Hills, you will find that the Partners, your direct managers and your colleagues will work with you to lend support, offer guidance, give you a sounding board and help you to develop your career.

Recognised as a leading regional law firm

Holmes & Hills is recognised as a leading supplier of legal advice and representation in the region across several areas of law including Commercial Property, Family Law, Planning Law and medical negligence. Holmes & Hills is ranked in both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. The firm and its legal teams are also on panels for, or are accredited by:

  • ERC (Equity Release Council)
  • ALEP (Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners)
  • STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)
  • Resolution
  • Conveyancing Quality Scheme (Law Society)
  • Headway
  • Lexcel
  • Cyber Essentials
  • APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)

Our Mission and five Firm Values

A full service law firm with its heart in Essex and Suffolk, we are legal specialists providing regional services to East Anglia. We excel in creating long standing partnerships with our clients, protecting their interests and supporting their growth and development. Our large team of specialists work in partnership with individuals and organisations to provide them with truly proactive legal services through personal relationships. Acting as a trusted advisor to our clients, we take the time to understand each client's needs and objectives before delivering practical advice through a personal and accessible approach.

Born out of our Mission Statement and taken from in-depth feedback and comments that clients have provided in relation to what they really value about dealing with Holmes & Hills, come Holmes & Hills' five Firm Values:

Be Professional

To be professional is to work in partnership with our clients to understand their needs, to enable us to provide specialist advice and to act with integrity.

Be Proactive

To be proactive is to actively progress matters and work as promptly as possible through preemptive communication, organisation and prioritisation, as well as contributing to the development of your team and the firm.

Be Accessible

To be accessible is to be readily contactable and to provide timely responses to communications from colleagues, clients and professional contacts.

Be Personable

To be personable is to be pleasant for clients, contacts and colleagues to deal with, be it in person, over the phone, or via email and to leave others feeling like they are dealing with a person as opposed to a faceless company.

Be Empathetic

To understand the circumstances, motivations and emotions of clients, colleagues and contacts and to tailor your service delivery and communication appropriately.

Mission and Values

Download the Holmes & Hills Mission and five Firm Values colleague leaflet.

An ambitious and growing firm

Holmes & Hills has grown significantly over recent years, from 70 staff to 200 and from two offices to seven. The firm's growth continued in 2020 with the opening of its sixth and new regional head office, the A12 Commercial Hub, at Junction 25 of the A12 (Marks Tey, Essex).

The location of the office will provide convenience for clients, staff and professional contacts alike, with ample and free on site parking, as well as being based just a short walk from Marks Tey train station.

Modern and agile working environment

Colleagues based at, or frequenting, the new A12 Commercial Hub will find it has been designed by a team of architects and interior designers to provide a modern, agile working and meeting environment; one that provides space for working alone in different settings throughout the day; working in teams in open and confidential spaces; as well as meeting clients in formal and informal meeting rooms, or indeed in the large dedicated coffee lounge.


45% of colleagues at Holmes & Hills were working flexibly in some form prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, from working part-time to working from home. Your career and working week in the legal industry can look different as part of the ambitious and growing team of legal industry professionals at Holmes & Hills Solicitors.


In addition to a great remuneration package, a career at Holmes & Hills also provides a number of additional benefits.

  • 28 days holiday entitlement (plus bank holidays)
  • Death in service ( Life Insurance)
  • Employee Assistance Programme 24/7
  • Virtual GP access 24/7 365 days a week
  • Mental Health Support
  • Bereavement Counselling
  • Online Physiotherapy consultations
  • Medical second opinion service
  • Financial and Legal Support
  • Retail savings and discounts
  • Holiday buy and sell
  • Cycle to work
  • Pension via salary sacrifice
  • Eye test and Eye wear reimbursement
  • Discounted Legal fees
  • Access to group insurance rates for Dental, Health Cash Plan and Critical Illness ( self funded)
  • Annual discretionary bonus scheme based on performance and objectives
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity leave
  • Bereavement leave policy
  • Family events leave policy

After 1 years service all employees receive Unum Dental Cover and Medicash Health Plan.

We also feel it is important to recognise the hard work and performance of our employees, so we also offer a monthly reward programme, encouraging employees to nominate colleagues that have gone over and above their duty, as well as regular after work drinks and team building events.

Training Contracts

Our applications for Trainee Solicitor roles for 2025 are currently closed, we will be opening applications for 2026 in Autumn of 2024.

Becoming a Solicitor at Holmes & Hills

Our aim is to recruit trainees who will be with us beyond their training contracts/qualifying work experience. We therefore look to recruit trainees who are committed to a career based in East Anglia and at Holmes & Hills. We work in partnership with our trainees to ensure they receive the best possible training, experiencing a mixture of opportunities and developing their career so they are ready for qualification when the time comes. Of course we want to retain our trainees and this is demonstrated in the number of Solicitors, Associates and Partners within the firm who were previous trainees.

As a trainee you will spend time in at least 2 of our 7 offices providing proactive legal services and pragmatic advice to a mixture of public sector, commercial and individual clients across the region.
To ensure you flourish in the role, we will provide you with regular supervision, feedback and support, enabling you to shape and grow your career at the firm. From day one you will be encouraged to contribute, get involved and will be given responsibility appropriate to the level you are working at. At all times you will be supported by our experienced fee earners.

We actively encourage our trainees to get involved in marketing, networking, training and social events. We have a Junior Lawyers Network which you will become part of, allowing you to network with your peers, exchange knowledge, support you and gain appropriate non legal training (commerciality, marketing, networking etc).

Each year we aim to recruit around 4/5 trainees through a mixture of the below routes:

Training Contracts via LPC

This route is open for those who started their degree before September 2021.

Entry requirements: 2:1 law degree ( minimum) or a 2:1 degree in a non law subject and then taking GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law), and successful completion of the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

During the Training Contract we will pay for you to complete your Professional Skills Course (PSC) and you will receive the time off to complete this, you will need to ensure you pass this. Over the 2 years you will work full time to complete your ‘Period of Recognised Training’/ Training Contract usually rotating through 4 placements of 6 months each, experiencing a mixture of contentious and non- contentious work across Private Client and Commercial areas.

Subject to the SRA’s character and suitability test you will be admitted as a solicitor.

Qualifying Work Experience via SQE

Entry requirements: 2:1 degree and have already passed both stages of the SQE (e.g. as part of a Masters qualification) but needing Qualifying Work Experience. You can apply for qualifying work experience whilst taking your SQE 1&2 Assessments but these should be passed before you commence your Qualifying Work Experience.

During your 2 years Qualifying Work Experience you will work full time to complete your ‘Period of Recognised Training’ usually rotating through 4 placements of 6 months each, experiencing a mixture of contentious and non- contentious work across Private Client and Commercial areas.

Subject to the SRA’s character and suitability test you will be admitted as a solicitor.

Solicitor Apprenticeships

Graduate ( aimed at those who already have a Law degree).

Entry requirements: 2:1 Law degree (or 2:1 non law degree and a pass in a GDL/PGDL) minimum.

This 30 month programme consists of 5 legal practice modules in the first 20 months, progressing to professional practice skills coursework, preparation for the Solicitors Qualification Examination and SQE 1 & 2 Assessments.
During your course you will spend 80% of your time working at Holmes & Hills and 20% dedicated to learning (usually 1 day a week) allowing you to complete your Qualifying Work Experience and subject to the SRA’s character and suitability test you will be admitted as a solicitor.
H& H will fund the course cost (through our Apprenticeship levy) with our chosen Training Provider.

What's it like to be a trainee at Holmes & Hills? See what our trainees say about us (PDF)

All prospective employees should have the right to permanently live and work in the UK. Apprenticeships are not covered by student visas.

Our applications for Trainee Solicitor roles are currently closed.

Recruitment Agencies

Speculative CV’s should not be sent for roles advertised on our career page. We only accept agency CV’s for specific roles. Where we require an agency to provide us with CV’s a member of the HR Team will contact the specific recruiter directly to request CV’s for that specific role. In no other circumstances should unsolicited CV’s be sent to our employees or partners.

No agency fee will apply to speculative CV’s sent by agencies. Where an agency submits unsolicited CV’s no commission or other fees will be due if we subsequently employ that candidate, even where an agency’s correspondence contains a disclaimer indicating otherwise.

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