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Candidates should apply via our online application form for a training contract. The application window is open from November – May each year. Successful applicants will be invited to an assessment day.
If successful at this stage, applicants will be invited back for an interview.
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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- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
Kingsley Napley, established in 1937, is an internationally recognised UK law firm based in central London. Our wide range of expertise means that we can support our clients in all areas of their business and private life, when it matters most to them. Our practice areas and many of our lawyers are recognised as market leaders in the leading 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 'Our People' profiles.
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 here. 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.
The firm recruits up to nine trainees per year. 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.
Kingsley Napley follows the SQE pathway to qualification. You can find further information on our website.
Please note that if you have already started the GDL or LPC then you are still able to apply for a training contract at Kingsley Napley. Guidance will be provided on an individual basis.
Diversity and inclusion of all is how we live our values at Kingsley Napley. We recognise that valuing each other’s individuality and difference brings strength to the teams we work in, our departments and the firm as a whole.
At Kingsley Napley we value everyone as individuals and have a consultative approach throughout the firm, from departmental strategy to key firm wide decisions. We encourage everyone to participate in firm wide discussions and share ideas as we believe in harnessing the diverse perspectives of everyone in the firm. It makes us better placed to meet our client needs, understand each other, work together, and strengthen the culture of the firm.
We are committed to ensuring all of our people have full opportunity to maximise their potential, for themselves and for the firm, and the key to this is embedding diversity and inclusion in all recruitment processes, our internal practices such as promotion and training, and working environment.
For our trainee solicitors, we fund the SQE1, SQE2 as well as the SQE plus. We also offer a maintance grant of £7,000 for those completing the SQE.
- Clinical negligence & personal injury
- Corporate & commercial
- Public law
- Dispute resolution
- Private client
- Real estate
- General Practice
- Corporate & Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas that concern relationships between people, government and other public bodies.
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Clinical or medical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. 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
Sponsored by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with 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.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. 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.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Sponsored by Russell-Cooke. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
<p>Professionals such as doctors, dentists, nurses, teachers, lawyers, social workers and police officers must comply with the standards set by their professional regulatory bodies.</p>
<p>Professional negligence occurs when a professional fails to carry out their responsibilities to the required standard, or they breach a duty of care.</p>
Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP. Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
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|Profit per partner:||£398,803 (2013)|
|Training contract applications:||543 (2022)|
|Retention rate:||71% (2022)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
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- The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau
- Working Families
- Zacchaeus 2000 Trust
- City Parents
- InterLaw Diversity Forum
- Legal Apprenticeships
- Rare Recruitment
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Sutton Trust
- The Valuable 500
- Urban Lawyers Careers Conference
- Working Families