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Applications for 2022 are now open.
Applications run from 26 November 2020 to 16 May 2021.
Assessment days take place in late June / early July each year, and approximately 10 successful candidates are invited back for an interview in July.
Final decisions are made shortly after the interviews take place, and candidates will be notified in mid-August if they have been successful in their applications.
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Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
Kingsley Napley is an internationally recognised law firm based in central London. Our wide range of expertise means that we can provide support for our clients in all areas of their business and private life. Many of our lawyers are leaders in their field and our practice areas are highly ranked by the legal directories.
We are known for combining creative solutions with pragmatism and a friendly, sensitive approach. The relationship between lawyer and client is key. We work hard to match clients with lawyers who have the right mix of skills, experience and approach in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
To find out what it is like to work at Kingsley Napley LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
Areas of work
Clinical negligence and personal injury, corporate and commercial, criminal litigation, dispute resolution, employment, family, immigration, real estate, regulatory and professional discipline and tax, trusts and probate.
Who should apply
Kingsley Napley looks for candidates with a strong academic background. Applications are welcomed from legal and non-legal graduates who have achieved a 2.1 degree.
A trainee will need to demonstrate commercial awareness, motivation and enthusiasm. To be successful you will need excellent communication skills with the ability to be a creative practical problem solver and a team player.
Being a trainee is a fantastic opportunity and we look for people who have a long term interest in Kingsley Napley and the areas of legal practice it focuses on.
Successful short-listed candidates will be asked to attend an assessment event and an interview as part of the selection procedure.
Kingsley Napley offer a limited number of legal work experience opportunities for students throughout the firm.
Work experience students have an opportunity to experience a number of aspects of life in a law firm - for example: general administration, library research and shadowing our qualified solicitors.
Applications should be made via the online application form which can be found at: www.kingsleynapley.co.uk/careers/work-experience. Placements will be allocated at the discretion of the firm, and according to the firm’s requirements at that time.
These positions are not remunerated and candidates must be at least 18 years of age and entitled to work in the United Kingdom under applicable UK immigration laws.
Trainees complete four six-month seats, providing a wide range of practical experience and skills in contentious and non-contentious work. Our training programme is broader than most other firms due to the wide range of law practiced here.
Individual preference for seats is sought and will be balanced with the firm's needs.
Trainees work closely with partners and solicitors in a supportive team structure, and have regular reviews to assist development. The firm maintains a friendly and open environment and it is the firm's policy that each trainee sits with a partner or senior solicitor whilst working for a department as a whole.
The firm gives trainees the chance to meet clients, be responsible for their own work and join in marketing and client development activities.
- Clinical negligence
- Corporate & commercial
- Public law
- Dispute resolution
- Private client
- Real estate
- General Practice
- Corporate & Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas which concern relationships between people and government.
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Clinical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Criminal solicitors advise and appear in court on behalf of both accused persons and the prosecution.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Offending behaviour can relate to incompetency or inappropriate or unlawful activities, be this fraud, assault or inappropriate sexual relationships.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£398,803 (2013)|
|Training contract applications:||504 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||100% (2016)|
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