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|Number of work placements:||10|
|Minimum qualification:||Preferably 2.1 degree, any discipline|
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Application details and method of selection
Save for exceptional cases, we look for a minimum 2.1 degree (in any discipline), a genuine desire to practise law and a preponderance of A or A* grades at A level, as well as the ability to spell preponderance. You should possess good commercial awareness, marketing skills and a desire to work in an environment where initiative is rewarded and responsibility comes early. To apply for a training contract at Leathes Prior, please send a covering letter and a copy of your CV (not exceeding two pages) to our HR Manager Anastasia Panova. The closing date for applications for training contracts to commence in 2021 is Sunday 21 July 2019.
Firm description and career prospects
Leathes Prior is a leading East Anglian firm operating from offices in the exceptionally attractive Cathedral Close and Tombland areas of Norwich. We provide a comprehensive legal service to a wide variety of commercial and private clients. See: www.leathesprior.co.uk.
We have a national reputation in several niche areas, including:
Full contact law (the largest football based sports agency at any UK law firm). See www.fullcontactlaw.co.uk.
Mediation - 1st (the firm's mediation arm, led by the country's top ranked mediator in the National Mediator League Table). See www.mediation-1st.co.uk.
Trafficlawyers (does what it says on the tin!). See www.trafficlawyers.co.uk and many more!
We currently have 15 partners. A majority of the partners and associates trained with us. We are committed to maintaining that trend. Ample social, networking and professional development opportunities are available.
We are delighted to launch our 2019 vacation scheme for students wishing to get a taster of what it is like to work at Leathes Prior. The scheme offers a fantastic opportunity to work alongside our partners and staff, get some real experience across multiple teams in the firm and also show us your skills.
The scheme is one week long and will run twice in summer 2019: w/c 24 June and w/c 8 July. During your week 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 participants. We are proud to hold the Lex 100 title as the UK’s most social law firm (2018/19) so you can expect the week to finish with our Friday night visit to the pub!
Due to the limited number of spaces on the scheme we will only accept applications from those eligible to apply for a training contract during the same year the work experience placement takes place. 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. In some cases, where we are really impressed by your work during the scheme we may invite you to join the Trainee Recruitment day later in the summer.
To apply, please send a covering letter and a copy of your CV to our HR Manager Anastasia Panova. 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 our next vacation scheme is 30 April 2019 and we expect to shortlist and hold interviews in May.
Training contract programme
We aim to compile training programmes to meet the wishes of individual trainees. The normal pattern is four six-month seats. All trainees will work directly with the firm's partners and will gain excellent hands-on experience of contentious and non-contentious work.
Trainees will be expected to see clients and run their own caseload when they are sufficiently experienced and when appropriate opportunities arise. We may arrange for trainees to undertake a secondment. In recent times, Leathes Prior trainees have been seconded to Norwich City Football Club, Ipswich Town Football Club, Hull City Football Club and the UK Law Societies' Joint Brussels Office.
Dispute resolution and litigation, residential conveyancing, commercial property, family, wills trusts and probate, employment, corporate and commercial, insolvency, franchising, agriculture.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial, General Practice, Niche