Ince & Co LLP
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|Number of work placements:||10|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree, AAB at A level|
|Sponsorship:||PgDL & LPC|
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Application details and method of selection
Applications for our 2020 and 2021 trainee intake can be submitted between 1 February 2018 and 31 July 2018. We recruit on a rolling basis so please apply as early as possible to be in with the best chance of securing an interview.
Firm description and career prospects
Ince & Co are an international commercial law firm that serves its global client base from offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We provide the best quality legal advice and strategic guidance to clients based in four core sectors: transport (including shipping, aviation and, yachts and superyachts), trade, energy and infrastructure and insurance. By combining our sector expertise, legal knowledge and market experience, we deliver services in support of our clients’ most complex disputes, transactions and projects.
With over 140 years of experience, we’re one of the oldest law firms in the City. Within our core sectors we have a broad range of expertise, including EU law, competition and regulation, commercial disputes, insolvency and corporate recovery, emergency response, ports and maritime infrastructure. Our corporate and finance practice has grown significantly in recent years, and the firm has developed a strong transactional business to complement our dispute resolution work. Clients range from insurers, brokers and banks to oil and shipping companies, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, entrepreneurs and major international trading groups. We are an ever growing firm, now boasting 13 offices worldwide.
Our success is built upon always taking a collaborative and innovative approach by looking for new ways to apply legal strategies and create new law. 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 the annual black tie May ball and monthly ‘Ince drinks’, which is a great opportunity to get to know people from across the firm. We have also invested heavily in IT and infrastructure, supporting agile working and relocating to 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 an even 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 will pay your GDL and LPC fees and provide you with a maintenance grant. We currently pay a maintenance grant of £7,000 for study within London and Guildford and £6,500 for elsewhere.
Running during the Easter vacation, our two-week trainee recruitment placement scheme (TRPS) gives you a practical insight into our practice and a taste of life as a trainee at Ince. We welcome a maximum of five people on the TRPS at any one time so that we can give you all the attention and support you need. Sitting with a partner and with an experienced trainee assigned as your 'minder', you'll work on real cases – which may involve attending court and hearings, meeting clients, drafting correspondence and doing legal research.
We'll arrange for you to see work in practice, with a tour of the Royal Courts of Justice and the Lloyd's building. You're also welcome to attend any of the many in-house lectures arranged for our trainees throughout the year. And, on top of all this valuable experience, you'll also receive a payment of £350 per week.
Training contract programme
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, Monaco, Hamburg, Paris, Piraeus and Shanghai. They will also attend in-house and external lectures, conferences and seminars on practical and legal topics.
Aviation, corporate, energy, finance, international trade, insurance and reinsurance, shipping (wet or dry).
Type of practice
Niche, Corporate & Commercial
London, Beijing, Cologne, Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, Marseille, Monaco, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore.