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Leathes Prior

  • 1-4 vacancies
  • 8 trainees
  • 15 partners
  • 100 staff

About Leathes Prior

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 Easter/summer vacation scheme. Following the scheme, students that impress will be invited to an interview with Dan Chapman and the trainee recruitment team. Any successful interviewee will not need to attend our trainee recruitment day.

The other route to a Leathes Prior training contract is to apply to us by 1 June 2021 and, if shortlisted, attend the trainee recruitment 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 recruitment 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 trainees and lawyers from every team, and you will be assessed in group and individual settings.

We take all applications by email via HR manager Anastasia Panova

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 firm operating from offices in the exceptionally attractive Cathedral Close and Tombland areas of Norwich. We are a full service firm providing legal advice to a wide variety of commercial and private clients, with specialist niche offerings in sports law, agriculture, education, equine and technology.

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 (one of our partners) 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 2021 scheme is one week and will run twice: in Easter break w/c 19 April and again in the summer w/c 21 June. During your time with us you will be given the chance to network with the fee earners and current trainees, 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 are proud to hold the Lex 100 title as the UK’s most social law firm so (guidelines permitting) you can expect the week to finish with our Friday night visit to the pub!

We recruit for both weeks as part of the same recruitment run so make sure you apply before the deadline. Due to the limited number of spaces available (we take on five visitors per week) we will only accept applications from those eligible to apply for a training contract during the same year. Ordinarily this means that you will be in your second or third year of a full-time law degree, in your final year of a non-law degree or undertaking post graduate study.

Your application should outline your interests, career plans and why you feel you are the right candidate to spend a week within our firm. The deadline for applications for the 2021 vacation scheme is 15 March 2021.

We take all applications by email via HR manager Anastasia Panova

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 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.

We offer an interest free loan to help 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
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 10
Minimum qualification: Preferably 2.1 degree, any discipline
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Sporting bodies
  • Norwich