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We believe in sharing rewards, in supporting each other, and actively encouraging opportunities to develop. We respect individuality and recognise that talents and personalities are many and varied. Whilst expecting commitment to the highest levels of client care and professional service, we also want people to enjoy what they do with a large measure of fun and good humour.

Whether you are looking for a career in secretarial, legal or other specialist areas of our business, if you thrive on the freedom to fulfil your potential within a supportive, friendly team, then give us a call on 01242 574244  or send us an email. Details of any specific current vacancies will be listed on this page.

For details of the Hughes Paddison Training Contract Programme, please click here.

Role: Senior Corporate and Commercial Solicitor

We are looking for a senior solicitor to join our fast growing corporate and commercial team in Cheltenham. The candidate will be joining as the fifth member of the team and will be expected to both support the head of team, Jon Rathbone, and be able to manage their own transactions and matters with supervision where appropriate.  Jon started the team in February 2017 and is now supported by a solicitor with 3 years PQE, a trainee and a secretary. 

In its first two years, the team has worked on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions ranging from several multi-million pound sales and acquisitions to the sale of local retail businesses. About three quarters of the work is currently corporate. The commercial work includes IT contracts, a range of general commercial contracts and GDPR. 

Jon Rathbone started life as a corporate lawyer at Veale Wasbrough and Osborne Clarke in Bristol before taking some time out of his legal career to perfect the design and take to market a bestselling baby product. He has also spent a year as the in-house Group Legal Counsel at Mulberry Group plc. Jon’s breadth of experience, both as a lawyer and entrepreneur, has helped the team to grow with clients quick to appreciate their commercial, proactive and pragmatic approach.

The Candidate

The ideal candidate will have *4 to 8 years post qualification experience, solid academics, and experience of working within a reputable firm. At least a part of that experience needs to be in corporate. Some commercial experience would be beneficial, but is not essential.

Personable and comfortable with business development, you must be excited by the opportunity to help the corporate team to continue to expand and ultimately build up your own client base.

*PQE is a guide only and all applicants will be considered on their experience regardless of PQE.

For further information and a confidential discussion please contact Jon Rathbone on 01242 586832 or e-mail him

Training Contract Applications – Autumn 2020

The Directors of Hughes Paddison are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for law graduates who will have passed their LPC by Summer 2020 and that meet our rigorous criteria for training contract positions. You can learn more about our Training Contract Programme here.

During a training contract with Hughes Paddison you will have the opportunity to experience different service areas in our core work to include:


Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Private Client

Residential and Commercial Conveyancing

Corporate Commercial

Trained supervisors will guide you through your training contract and your progress will be appraised regularly.

Please email your details to Teresa Dalton and an application form will be forwarded to you for completion, which please return by post to our company together with your CV and a covering letter. 

Applications for placements in September 2020 can be made forthwith.