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6 vacancies
15 trainees
100 partners
600 staff
We are an international law firm who practice in a variety sectors and a heritage in maritime.

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More info

Applications for our 2024/25 London and 2023/2024 Bristol trainee intakes open on 01 October 2022 and close on 29 January 2023. We recruit on a rolling basis so please apply as early as possible to be in with the best chance of securing an interview. The application process consists of three stages; an application form (CV and covering letter included), a recorded video interview and a face to face virtual interview (including a legal drafting and in-tray exercise as well as a group exercise).

How to apply

Applications to

Miss Jessica Watling

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • HR-led interview
  • Partner interview
  • Video interview
  • Written exercise

With a heritage reaching back 150 years, Ince is a dynamic international law firm, trusted by the world’s most ambitious individuals and organisations.

We service our global client base from offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We are renowned for providing the highest quality legal advice and strategic guidance to our clients, from the world’s oldest and biggest businesses to ultra-high net worth individuals.

Our heritage gives us a deep expertise, legal knowledge and market experience, which enables us to deliver services to our clients’ most complex disputes, transactions and projects.

We enjoy working with our clients and seek to build lasting relationships with them. Understanding the commercial and technical aspects of their business and the markets in which they operate is important to us. It helps ensure that we provide the very best levels of service. We structure our teams to match the issues they face and to deliver the best value for money.

Our success is built upon always taking a collaborative and innovative approach by looking for new ways to apply legal strategies and create new laws. While our international presence and world leading reputation was initially built on shipping and insurance, we have successfully explored new territory and established our expertise across a number of specific industries. 

Ince regularly hosts client events throughout the year in our dedicated client suites, including annual shipping and insurance parties; Ince also hosts events internally, including monthly drinks, which are a great opportunity to get to know people from across the firm. We have also invested in infrastructure, supporting agile working in our modern offices in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Our open, friendly culture will allow you to make a real contribution and get involved in all aspects of our practice areas. You'll also enjoy the support of our partners and solicitors as they share their experience – after all, you'll be working closely with them on cases, so they'll want you to be your best too. Academically you'll need at least a 2.1 and AAB at A level. We recruit a mix of law and non-law graduates from a wide range of backgrounds. We're looking for excellent communicators with tenacity, initiative and integrity, who relish responsibility and thrive on a challenge. You should also be able to work happily whether you're in a large cross-jurisdictional team or with a partner as a team of two. Self-motivated, you'll also be able to juggle competing priorities and take a proactive approach to developing your caseload. The ability to understand the law and apply it or challenge it in real-time, fast-moving situations is also essential.

We are not currently accepting applications for work experience placements. Our website will be updated when this changes. 

Right from the start we aim to make sure that your time with us is packed with valuable learning and development experiences. In the October before your start date we’ll also enrol you in our ‘buddy scheme’. One of our first year trainees is assigned to support you during both the year before your start date and the first year of your training contract.

The first two weeks of your contract will be spent on the professional skills course, giving you a solid grounding in the basics. You’ll then enjoy an induction, meeting people from across the firm and learning more about life at Ince.

Trainees sit with four different partners for six months at a time throughout their training. Under close supervision, they are encouraged from an early stage to meet and visit clients, interview witnesses, liaise with counsel, deal with technical experts and handle opposing lawyers. They will quickly build up a portfolio of cases from a number of partners involved in a cross section of the firm's practice and will see their cases through from start to finish.

There are opportunities to spend seats in overseas offices. Trainees have been seconded to Dubai, Hamburg, Piraeus and Shanghai. They will also attend in-house and external lectures, conferences and seminars on practical and legal topics.

In addition to the compulsory training to qualify as a solicitor, you’ll enjoy an extensive training programme – including client communication and document drafting as well as the more specialised subjects relating to our practice, such as shipping, insurance and energy work. You’re encouraged to attend the many in-house lectures that we arrange for trainees throughout the year. Throughout your training contract, you’ll benefit from regular feedback to support your development, both informally from partners when work is completed and through formal appraisals conducted by a partner and our dedicated trainee HR team.

We are now accepting applications from those who wish to follow the SQE qualification route. Ince have worked with BPP to create a bespoke SQE programme which aims to equip you with all the right information ahead of your SQE exams before starting your training contract. 

The Ince Group takes diversity and inclusion very seriously and has a number of internal groups to help create positive change both internally and externally.

As part of our trainee application process, we carry out diversity monitoring and trainees will be asked to complete a very brief diversity and inclusion survey. 

We also offer drop-in sessions, sponsored by our social mobility, diversity and inclusion panel, for all candidates shortlisted to complete a video interview where you will be able to discuss the interview process with our recruitment team and current trainees to find out more about the process and what is expected at each part. 

If you secure a training contract with us we will sponsor your GDL/LPC/SQE fees if not already enrolled.

  • Aviation
  • Corporate
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Family
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Private client
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory solutions
  • Shipping
  • Tax
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, London, E1 8QN
Phone: (0) 20 7493 6151
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: No
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree, AAB at A level
Start salary: £38,500
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
  • SQE
Turnover: £86,700,000 (2013)
Profit per partner: £575,000 (2012)
Training contract applications: 500 (2015)
Retention rate: 89% (2016)
Partner diversity:
  • 84.0% male (2014)
  • 16.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 41.6% male (2014)
  • 58.4% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Consultancies
  • Energy companies
  • Insurance companies
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Dubai
  • Piraeus
  • Singapore
  • London
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Beijing
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Piraeus
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Gibraltar
  • Tower Hamlets Law Centre
  • Black Solicitors Network
  • ELBA
  • Stonewall