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Leathes Prior

1-4 vacancies
8 trainees
16 partners
110 staff
Leathes Prior Solicitors is one of East Anglia’s leading law firms offering a full range of legal services to organisations and individuals across the UK.

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There are two ways to obtain a training contract with our firm. The first option is to apply to spend a week with us during our vacation scheme weeks. Students that impress and show an interest in pursuing a training contract will either be invited to a follow up assessment with our trainee recruitment panel or offered a place at the next available trainee assessment day.

The other route to a Leathes Prior training contract is to apply to us and, if shortlisted, attend the trainee assessment day. We don’t like long application forms so all we ask for is a CV and a cover letter to tell us a little bit about you and why you want to join us. Our trainee assessment day gives us the chance to get to know you and decide whether we can see you fitting into the LP team. During the day you will meet not only our managing partners but also our current trainee solicitors and lawyers from every team, and you will be assessed in group and individual settings

We take all applications by email to [email protected].


Applications to

Miss Anastasia Panova

Method of application

CV and cover letter

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Partner interview
  • Written exercise

Leathes Prior is a leading East Anglian full service law firm providing a comprehensive legal service to a wide variety of organisations and private clients, both locally and nationwide. Our offices are located in the picturesque Cathedral Close and Tombland area, in the heart of Norwich.

We are an exceptionally social firm and along with other awards have won the ‘most sociable firm in the UK’ award several years in a row (Lex 100). This and our other awards according to our own trainees can be seen on our newsfeed.  

The teams at Leathes Prior all work closely together and trainee solicitors are encouraged to get involved in activities across all teams, not just the team where they sit. Aside from the work trainees take on to develop their legal knowledge and ability, they are also given opportunity to develop other skills by taking part in firm-wide events such as Sync the City.

Our trainees are the future of Leathes Prior - 80% of our partnership trained within the firm and our retention rate is exceptional. Our trainees are treated as important lawyers from day one which means the work which is given is on real matters and with real clients. Working alongside our partners and their teams, trainees are expected to be ready to face challenges and pressure early on to get the best out of their experience.

Our size allows us to provide close knit support from lawyers of all levels and fantastic opportunities to progress and develop. Once qualified, our lawyers also pair up with a mentor who supports their career progression to associate, senior associate and partner levels.

Our vacation scheme invites students wishing to get a taster of what it is like to work at Leathes Prior before applying for a training contract. The scheme offers visitors time to complete some real work alongside our partners and staff and show us your skills.

The 2023 vacation scheme weeks will run twice, during the Easter and summer holidays. During your week you will be given the chance to network with the fee earners and current trainee solicitors, spend time in various teams practising different legal disciplines, and take part in a number of group exercises with your fellow vacation scheme visitors. 

We recruit for both weeks separately so make sure you apply before the appropriate deadlines. The Easter week will only accept applications from students in their second or third law degree year (or beyond) in addition to those embarking on the GDL. The summer week will also accept applications from those about to start year two of law, in addition to the above.  

To apply, please send a covering letter and a copy of your CV to [email protected]. Your application should outline your interests, career plans and why you feel you are the right candidate to spend a week within our firm.

We aim to design training contracts according to the individual needs of the trainee. Holding regular reviews, we discuss progress and use these discussions to plan the next seat. We believe it is important that this is kept flexible because every trainee is different and their journey with us is unique. Our diversity and inclusion statement can be found on our website.

Our trainees normally complete four seats across the firm, spending six months in each seat. At the point of qualification we do our best to retain every trainee and they do not just qualify to fill vacancies within the firm – the firm often expands to create positions for the right candidates.

The SQE is a new way of qualifying as a solicitor and you can find more details on the SRA website. Whilst the transitional arrangements are in place, we intend to continue to offer our usual vacation scheme and training contract programmes. If you do have a particular interest in switching to the SQE route soon, let us know when you apply. We are flexible in our approach to how we train our future lawyers so if your application is successful we can explore this with you.

At Leathes Prior, we are committed to encouraging diversity and providing equal opportunities for every single one of our current and future employees.

Our ability to form longstanding relationships with our clients begins with ensuring we recruit talented individuals. Whilst we recruit on the basis of merit and ability, our culture is founded on individuality and we are very proud of that.

In order for our employees to realise their full potential, it is essential we ensure they feel comfortable with being who they are, providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated fairly and with respect, irrespective of differences such as gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

As we continue to grow, maintaining an inclusive outlook and recognising the importance of diversity within our firm remains a priority at Leathes Prior and is imperative to our future success.

We offer an interest free loan to help future trainees fund their LPC studies.

  • Corporate & commercial
  • Dispute resolution
  • Family
  • Employment
  • Commercial property
  • Residential property
  • Regulatory & defence
  • Wills trusts & probate
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice
  • Niche

Practice Areas

Extra info

74 The Close, Norwich, NR1 4DR
Phone: 01603 610911
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.leathesprior.co.uk
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 10
Minimum qualification: Preferably 2.1 degree, any discipline
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
  • SQE
Training contract applications: 250 (2021)
Retention rate: 33% (2022)
Partner diversity:
  • 75.0% male (2022)
  • 25.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 52.0% male (2022)
  • 48.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Sporting bodies
  • Norwich