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Sharpe Pritchard LLP

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

About Sharpe Pritchard LLP

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 2023 starts is the end of July 2021.

Applications are initially considered at partner level and approximately 15 candidates are selected for interview, based on the information contained in the form.

Interviews are usually held in August or 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.

Applications to

HR Department

Method of application

Online application form

Method of assessment

  • Partner interview
  • Written exercise

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 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 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 at which progress and experiences are discussed.

Our trainees often experience secondments to our clients, usually on a part time basis.

Our trainees often experience secondments to our clients, usually on a part time basis.

SQE: Springboard programme

We invite applications from people who are intending to take the SQE route, if their period of qualifying work experience is intended to start in September 2023. Candidates should express a preference for the Springboard programme route in their application. Successful candidates would train alongside candidates who chose the training contract route. 

  • 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
Work placement: No
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: £32,000 (2019)
Training contract applications: 172 (2020)
Retention rate: 70% (2019)
Partner diversity:
  • 46.0% male (2020)
  • 54.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 36.0% male (2020)
  • 64.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Consultancies
  • London
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • AccessProfessions
  • Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
  • Sutton Trust