Sharpe Pritchard LLP
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|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree|
|Start salary:||£32,000 (2018)|
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Application details and method of selection
Applications are initially considered at partner level and approximately 12 candidates are selected for interview, based on the information contained in the form.
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 usually advertised on our website.
Firm description and career prospects
Sharpe Pritchard is a long established firm with a national reputation for its work for public sector bodies and for private sector clients who need advice on public law issues.
A high proportion of the firm's partners are ranked in Chambers and Legal 500 as leading experts. A great deal of the work we do has a high public profile and is of high value. 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 redevelopment work, including compulsory purchase. We are involved in significant high value and high profile schemes.
Our dispute resolution team deals with all types of claims, including construction disputes, procurement challenges, housing and other general litigation. We carry out criminal work for local authorities as prosecutors. We have a nationally recognised judicial review and statutory appeals practice, frequently appearing in the higher courts. We carry on contentious and non-contentious employment work.
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.
We have very good retention rates for our trainees, with almost all of those trainees who qualified with us in the last three years staying on if they wanted to. We have very good retention rates generally, with a number of our partners having trained at the firm. 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).
We do not offer any formal work placements at the firm.
Training contract programme
We normally take on three or four trainees each year in September. We do not normally have a spring intake.
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 attended by senior partners at which progress and experiences are discussed.
Our trainees often experience secondments to our clients, usually on a part time basis.
Litigation, ICT and data, commercial contracts and procurement, infrastructure, construction, real estate, planning and parliamentary (seats subject to change).
Type of practice
General Practice, Niche
Diversity access schemes
Law Society Diversity Access Scheme