John M Hayes launches Traineeship for Sixth Form & College Leavers

John M Hayes are pleased to announce the introduction of a new, 3 year traineeship available to A Level students.

We are looking to recruit one trainee in 10 of our 11 offices (with the exception of our Central London office), to start in September 2014.


Closing date for applications – 30/06/14

Aptitude tests – week commencing – 21/07/14

Interviews – week commencing – 04/08/14

Start date – 15/09/14

What is a Law Costs Draftsman?

Law Cost Draftsmen are responsible for dealing with all aspects of solicitors’ costs that are controlled by both statute and common law. They deal with every conceivable type of legal matter that touches upon the subject of costs and it is the Costs Draftsman’s skill to successfully assist in the legal process.

The role is to primarily undertake all legal costing services for our Solicitor clients to include the preparation of Bills of Costs, Points of Dispute and Points of Reply, negotiate settlements on cost matters, appear as an Advocate at cost related hearings, undertake administrative work related to the recovery of costs, prepare costs budgets, undertake costs management work during the course of litigation and advise clients as to costs issues.

What are we looking for?

Candidates should hold, or expect to achieve, a minimum of three A levels at grade C or above – or equivalent 240 UCAS points – as a pre-requisite for this job.

We also expect candidates to demonstrate a good command of written English together with strong analytical and mathematical skills. An interest in the law and its application would be beneficial, but not essential.

No prior experience is necessary as the traineeship will provide full in-house training.

What will the Traineeship involve?

Traineeship duties and responsibilities

What is in it for you?

A unique opportunity to develop a rewarding career with one of the leading, and the largest, firms of Costs Draftsmen in the Country.

No crippling University fees!

The opportunity to gain on the job skills and knowledge with one-to-one training across a wide range of legal matters. John M Hayes is a full service cost drafting company.  We believe this sets us apart from our competitors and enables us to deliver the best service to our clients.

Earn a salary whilst you learn, with an additional incentive of earning bonus payments in years two and three, along with 20 days annual leave per annum.

Some of our recent trainees had the following to say about the training, the role of a Costs Draftsmen and John M Hayes as a company: 

After graduating from University, I joined the John M Hayes Norwich Office as a Trainee Costs Draftsman in January 2013 and I’ve never looked back. The company training scheme is fantastic and provides a comprehensive basis of knowledge and endless resources on which to develop your understanding. Whilst being supported one-on-one in my office I’ve had the opportunity to attend companywide training days and seminars which have given me an insight into various areas of costing. As a result of this I’ve had the opportunity to gradually build on my experience with different types of cases and now love coming to work every day and not knowing what kind of file will be waiting for me!

Melissa Aspin, Consultant Law Costs Draftsman, Norwich

I was trained in the Ilkley office and received detailed one-on-one training from knowledgeable Costs Draftsmen with years of experience in both Legal Aid and Inter-partes matters. The John M Hayes national training programme includes quick access manuals and updates to cover any aspect of costing, as well as the national forum to access knowledge from across the company’s 11 regional offices.

The company also offers luxury training days and conferences which are a great chance to network with other trainees and share experiences. This includes seminars from experienced Costs Draftsmen and guest speakers alike, with practical training and valuable resources to take away and utilise in daily costing.

Following the end of the training programme, the learning doesn’t stop there. The company’s national network of knowledge is always available to support and update our Costs Draftsmen through the ever changing landscape of legal costs.

Will Buckton, Law Costs Draftsman, Ilkley 

I began working at the John M Hayes Newcastle branch office in July 2012 after completing a Law degree at Northumbria University. From an early stage in the training scheme it was evident to me that the firm is making a large investment in each individual personally. The level of time and effort that is afforded to each trainee on a ‘one-to-one’ basis is exceptional and the quality of the training materials and regularly updated resources really is second to none.  You are also afforded the opportunity to attend national training days and events, which are incredibly beneficial and also a lot of fun!  As a trainee you are provided with a high degree of responsibility, yet also given enough support to ensure that you feel confident with the tasks you are assigned, making sure that your skills and knowledge develop at the right pace. What’s more, there is always somebody within the team that will make time for you and help with any questions you might have, which in my opinion contributes enormously to the undeniable success of the John M Hayes training programme.

Rachel Brown, Consultant Law Costs Draftsman, Newcastle

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How to apply

To apply please forward a copy of your CV along with a detailed covering letter to your local John M Hayes office, for the attention of the Regional Manager. Your covering letter should include any additional information about yourself which you consider relevant, details of why this job appeals to you and what you think you can bring to the role.

Selected candidates will be invited to sit an aptitude test, followed by a formal interview to those who are successful.