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Sharpe Pritchard LLP

4 vacancies
10 trainees
23 partners
100 staff
Leading public sector specialists providing full range of legal services to local and central government, NHS, infrastructure, property, transport, emergency services, education and corporate clients.

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More info

The firm accepts applications only through the website. Applications are usually accepted from the end of January.

The deadline for September 2024 SQE trainee solicitors starters is 31 March 2023.

The selection process consists of three stages:

1. Applications are initially considered at partner level.

2. Cognitive reasoning test.

3. Partner interview and written test

Interviews are usually held in May. Two or three partners carry out the interview and there is a short written test.

We occasionally take on our own paralegals as trainees. Paralegal vacancies are advertised on our website.

Applications to

HR Department

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Partner interview
  • Psychometric testing
  • Written exercise

We are a leading firm working across the UK. We have a national reputation for our work for public sector bodies and for private sector clients who need advice on public law issues.

A significant number of the firm's partners and departments are highly ranked in Chambers and Legal 500 as leading experts in their fields. A great deal of the work we do has a high public profile and is of high value and our clients include central government departments, local authorities and local authority companies, non-departmental public bodies, charities and commercial clients. 

The largest proportion of the firm's work is in non-contentious commercial work, including procurement. This includes work in ICT, infrastructure, outsourcing, construction, health, education and general public authority contracts.

Our real estate team deals with a range of property transactions and high-profile redevelopment work, including compulsory purchase.

Our dispute resolution team deals with all types of claims, including construction disputes, procurement challenges, housing and other general litigation. We have a nationally recognised judicial review and statutory appeals practice, frequently appearing in the higher courts together with a thriving employment practice.

Our planning team undertakes work mainly for planning authorities, often involving complex major schemes, and our parliamentary team works with the planning and real estate teams on infrastructure authorisation projects and advising on legislation and procedure.

Career progression

We have exceptional retention rates for our trainee solicitors  and very good retention rates generally, with a number of our partners having trained at the firm.

We are committed to ongoing professional development. All our solicitors are on a career development framework which provides transparency to our career structure (solicitor to associate to senior associate to legal director or salaried partner).

Our culture

We believe the best organisations are those that listen to their employees from across the business. There are regular staff briefings to keep staff up to date on key developments within the company, supported by monthly newsletters and we actively respond to firm-wide engagement surveys. We have an active social and CSR committee who put on social and charity events across the year.

We offer meaningful flexible work with the ability to work from home and offer meaningful work/life balance.


We have a 'Wellbeing Leadership Group' with members from across the firm. Members include our senior partner, chief operating officer, as well as other partners, trainee solicitors and business support. The group’s purpose is to promote and champion positive mental health and wellbeing within the firm. One of the group’s first responsibilities is to drive the implementation of the Mindful Business Charter at the firm.

We offer formal work placements at the firm only to year 12 students in partnership with PRIME, The Sutton Trust and ROK (Reach Out 2 Kids). The details can be found here - Work Experience Programme - Sharpe Pritchard.

SQE training at Sharpe Pritchard: timetable and funding

Sharpe Pritchard offers a fully funded 32-month graduate apprenticeship for its SQE trainee solicitors. As a Sharpe Pritchard trainee solicitor, you will start with us in September 2024, studying the SQE1 preparation course with BPP. After taking the SQE1 exam, you will start your two-year qualifying work experience (QWE) at the firm in May 2025. You will receive a salary throughout and all course fees will be paid for.

Our graduate apprenticeship replaces the traditional training contract route.

Training at Sharpe Pritchard

Training at Sharpe Pritchard is much more than a rotation around departments. As a Sharpe Pritchard trainee solicitor, you will start your QWE with a bespoke training induction. Over a four-week period, you will not only have an opportunity to get to know your fellow trainees but you will also receive an introduction to the firm, learning about how we work and about our core legal practice areas and disciplines, particularly in some of our specialist areas which are not covered fully in the GDL, LPC or SQE. This tailored programme will ensure that you are able to hit the ground running in your first seat.

We aim to provide legal experience in all core areas of our practice: commercial contracts and procurement, dispute resolution (including judicial review), employment, planning and parliamentary, real estate, construction, infrastructure and ICT and data. Trainee solicitors usually experience four seats at the firm and are given the opportunity to express preferences throughout, which are given serious consideration by the partners when deciding seat changes.

Our trainee solicitors are often given the opportunity to go on secondment with clients, usually for part of the working week. This gives invaluable exposure to and experience of our client organisations which include central government, NHS trusts and local authorities.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

It is central to our values that our teams reflect the diverse community around us and that everyone at Sharpe Pritchard can be themselves and bring their authentic selves to work. 

We are proud that the firm has a long history of gender equality at every level in the firm and that we buck the trend within professional services in having achieved gender balance in partnership for a number of years but we want to do even better. Achieving true equality, diversity and inclusion is a core aim at Sharpe Pritchard and we very much welcome applications from all sections of our diverse community, irrespective of race or racial group, sex, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion or belief, age or disability.

  • Litigation
  • ICT & data
  • Commercial contracts
  • Procurement
  • Infrastructure
  • Construction
  • Real estate
  • Planning
  • Parliamentary
  • General Practice
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • Niche

Practice Areas

Extra info

Elm Yard, 10-16 Elm Street, London, WC1X 0BJ
Phone: 020 7405 4600
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 12
Minimum qualification: 2.2 degree
Start salary: £35,000 (2022)
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
  • SQE
Training contract applications: 103 (2022)
Retention rate: 100% (2022)
Partner diversity:
  • 43.0% male (2022)
  • 57.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 38.0% male (2022)
  • 62.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Consultancies
  • London
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • #10000BlackInterns
  • AccessProfessions
  • Business Disability Forum
  • Disability Confident Leader
  • Halo Code
  • Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
  • Mindful Business Charter
  • Pathways to Law
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Sutton Trust