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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 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 advertised on our website.
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Method of applicationOnline 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.
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).
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 and offer meaningful work/life balance.
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.
We do not offer any formal work placements at the firm.
Training contract programme
In total, we are looking to recruit between three and five trainees and SQE starters in this recruitment round. The application window is now open for September 2022 SQE starters and May 2023 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 2023, to bring the start date in line with the start date of Qualifying Work Experience for any successful SQE candidates. For non-law graduates graduating this summer, this means that you may need to take the accelerated LPC in 2022-23.
SQE: SPring academy
Our specially tailored “SPring” academy will commence in September 2022 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 2022 by completing SQE1 preparation and the SQE1 exam and then start your two year Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) at the firm in May 2023. 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).
- ICT & data
- Commercial contracts
- Real estate
- General Practice
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas which concern relationships between people and government.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Outsourcing involves the transfer of projects and functions to specialist third-party providers in return for a fee.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
|Training contract applications:||172 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||70% (2019)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
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- Disability Confident Leader
- Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Sutton Trust