Trainee Programmes


Appleby has established training programmes in Bermuda, Cayman, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man and Hong Kong.

We have put together a structured training programme which offers students access to some of the best legal minds in the offshore world. Whilst the programmes may vary depending on what jurisdiction you are in, the goal is the same: to provide the best training possible to enable Appleby professionals to deliver the first class service and technical expertise that our clients expect.

"From the outset you are trusted with responsibilities and exposed to a variety of work."

— Trainee Advocate, Isle of Man


Find out more about our individual trainee programmes by jurisdiction:



In Bermuda the Appleby trainee programme begins in September.

In Bermuda, ‘pupillage’ lasts one year, in that a trainee is eligible to be called to the Bermuda Bar at the conclusion of that year. In the initial year, each trainee has to complete two six-month seats in two of the following practice areas: Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Private Client & Trusts or Property. Each trainee is assigned a mentor in each seat and is assessed by that mentor on a quarterly basis.

On the successful completion of the initial year of training, following call to the Bar, the lawyer is then given the title of ‘Associate’ and will have a further year of supervised practice in our Bermuda office in two additional six-month seats in two of the practice areas listed. Again, the Associate is assigned a mentor in each seat and assessed by that mentor on a quarterly basis. The aim is that the final seat would be in the area in which a trainee would be offered full-time employment.

Please Note: Due to local immigration restrictions, our qualification programme in Bermuda is open to citizens of Bermuda only.

Application  Process

Bermuda applicants must download the application form and email this to us with relevant supporting documentation. You can also apply using the online process via our 'Positions Available' area.

Applications for 2018 are now open.

Download the Application Form

Cayman Islands

Cayman Islands Trainee (Articled Clerk) Programme

In Cayman the Appleby trainee programme begins in September.

The Cayman Articled Clerk programme is 18 months long. During this time each trainee has to complete six different three month seats in the following core practice areas: Corporate, Trusts, Property and Dispute Resolution.

Each Articled Clerk is assigned a mentor who assesses their performance on a quarterly basis. At the end of the year’s training contract, Articled Clerks may be offered full-time employment with Appleby.

Upon successful completion of articles, the trainee is admitted as an Attorney.

Please Note: Due to local immigration restrictions, our qualification programme in Cayman is open to citizens of the Cayman Islands only.

Application Process

Submit the following documents to

  • Proof of Caymanian citizenship
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Educational transcripts & qualifications
  • Sample piece of writing

Guernsey & Jersey

Jersey & Guernsey Work Experience and Bursary Programmes

Our Jersey and Guernsey offices run work experience and bursary programmes, but these are bound by different jurisdictional criteria


Find out more about our Bursary Programme in Jersey here.

In Jersey, to qualify as an advocate or solicitor a trainee must work in a Jersey law office for two or three years, depending on previous qualifications. The trainee must also pass seven exams, and can attend weekend classes run by the Institute of Law in Jersey to assist with this.


Find out more about our Bursary Programme in Guernsey here.

Guernsey law has its roots firmly planted in Norman Law so becoming a Guernsey advocate requires three months’ study in France at the Universite de Caen Basse-Normandie as well as passing the Guernsey bar exams.

You can only be admitted as a Guernsey advocate if:

you are a barrister or solicitor qualified in England & Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland; and

  • you are ordinarily resident in Guernsey for a minimum period of two years; and
  • you have undertaken a pupillage in Guernsey whilst accredited to an Advocate of the Royal Court of at least five years standing for either a 6 or 12 month period (depending on the nature of the UK qualifications).




Application Process 

All applications should be submitted electronically via the website. To do this, please view our Positions Available, and follow the application process. If you are unable to apply electronically, please refer to the Career Contacts section of our website to find out the contact details for each Appleby office.

Isle of Man

Isle of Man Trainee programme

To qualify as an Isle of Man Advocate, each trainee must undertake two years’ articles with an Isle of Man law firm and pass five exams during the same period. Those already qualified as an English Solicitor or Barrister with a minimum of 3 years PQE may qualify as an Isle of Man Advocate after completing one year of articles and passing all five exams.

At present, Appleby does not offer training contracts to qualify as an English Solicitor.

Application Process

All applications should be submitted electronically via the website. To do this, please view our Positions Available, and follow the application process. If you are unable to apply electronically, please refer to the Career Contacts section of our website to find out the contact details for each Appleby office.

Hong Kong

Our Hong Kong office recruits up to two trainees each year

At Appleby, we know that having an unbeatable team of bright lawyers who add a fresh perspective is the key to our success. Applicants should be in the final year of their qualifying law degree with demonstrable ability to cope with complex legal issues through excellent academic results.


The competitiveness of our training programme means we can only accept at least a 2.1 degree or equivalent. Candidates must be fluent in Mandarin and English and be able to read and write Chinese. Ultimately, we are looking for candidates who we will be proud to have represent our firm. This means you will possess a genuine passion for the law and have the motivation and ambition to excel in your area of practice. Equally important is good commercial awareness, enthusiasm for business in Asia and that you are a genuine team-player. We believe that these qualities are what take successful graduates from traineeship all the way through to partnership.

About our Programme

We offer a 12-month traineeship which will provide you with the right combination of stimulating on-the-job learning and demanding work challenges so that you can make the transition from law graduate to successful lawyer. Our training programme will expose you to a variety and breadth of issues, clients and contexts, giving you the opportunity to develop and refine your professional skills, while retaining a sense of the bigger picture. In addition to regular seminars and training modules, you will have the opportunity to be involved in innovative and complex work, often cross-border in nature. All of this is delivered within a professional support network and an open and collaborative work environment.

The Appleby programme includes a two-week induction involving an orientation to the Group, alongside practical legal training skills and an introduction to our core practice areas. This will be followed by two six-month rotations specifically designed to provide you with experience across a range of practice areas. During the training programme, you will develop and apply the practice skills required of an Appleby lawyer, including but not limited to advocacy and oral presentation, practice management, communication skills, compliance, drafting, interviewing and advising, legal research and negotiation. You will work on client matters that require you to manage your time, effort and resources efficiently and to practise in accordance with the ethics, etiquette and conventions of a professional lawyer.

Your training and development will be overseen by a dedicated mentor. Their guidance, bolstered by partner supervision in each practice area, will assist you in gaining valuable experience, as well as meeting and exceeding practice skills benchmarks. You will also meet with our HR Manager regularly to review and discuss your progress, and provide us with valuable feedback on your learning experience.

Once you have successfully completed the programme, we will review your appraisals and invite you to an interview to determine whether or not a permanent offer will be made. If successful, you will receive an offer of a permanent role. The nature of this will be dependent on both your preferences and the resourcing needs within various teams of the firm. We will then register you with the Law Society of Hong Kong as Registered Foreign Lawyer, practising offshore law in Hong Kong.

Application Process

Our Hong Kong office accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Candidates should submit their CV, transcripts and cover letter directly to with Hong Kong Trainee Programme stated in the subject field.

If your initial application is successful, you will be contacted by our HR Manager to arrange an interview.