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Sharpe Pritchard LLP

  • 4-5 vacancies
  • 11 trainees
  • 24 partners
  • 86 staff

About Sharpe Pritchard LLP

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 June and the deadline for 2024 starts is the end of July 2022.

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 September. 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 commercial firm with 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. We work across the country 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 contracts work, including procurement. This includes work in ICT, infrastructure, outsourcing, construction, 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. We have 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 trainees 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 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 junior board who meet regularly to help shape how we do business and membership in encouraged from across our teams. We also 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 as part of a hybrid working model. We offer meaningful work/life balance.

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

Training contract programme

In total, we are looking to recruit between three and five trainees and SQE starters in the June/July 2022 recruitment round for September 2023 SQE starters and May 2024 training contract starters.  

Training at Sharpe Pritchard is much more than a rotation around departments. You will spend time at the beginning as a cohort learning about the firm, getting to know each other and given knowledge and skills to serve you well throughout our practice, particularly in some of our specialist areas which you may not be covered fully in the GDL, LPC or SQE.

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. Trainees 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.

There are regular trainee meetings at which progress and experiences are discussed.

Our trainees 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 national government agencies, NHS trusts and local authorities.

We are intending to start training contracts in May 2024, to bring the start date in line with the start date of Qualifying Work Experience for any successful SQE candidates.

SQE: SPring academy

Our specially tailored “SPring” academy will commence in September 2023 for anyone who expresses preference for the SQE route in their application and is successful. SPring, the Sharpe Pritchard Academy, is a 32-month programme to be run as a graduate apprenticeship and will be fully funded for SQE1 and SQE2. You would start in September 2023 by completing SQE1 preparation and the SQE1 exam and then start your two-year Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) at the firm in May 2024. You would carry out  your QWE at the same time as candidates who chose the training contract route. You would be given the same range of experience as that given to trainees (see above for details).

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: 8
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: £34,000 (2021)
Training contract applications: 106 (2021)
Retention rate: 100% (2021)
Partner diversity:
  • 52.0% male (2021)
  • 48.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 44.0% male (2021)
  • 56.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Consultancies
  • London
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • #10000BlackInterns
  • AccessProfessions
  • Disability Confident Leader
  • Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Sutton Trust