Why become a trainee solicitor at Kingsley Napley?

Our trainees have the opportunity from early on in their training to have first hand experience of client care by shadowing and observing our experienced fee earners and partners in a supportive and friendly atmosphere.

By choosing to start your legal career with us you will be given meaningful and good quality experience; working alongside and being supervised by highly experience lawyers, who are specialists in their legal field. 

Every trainee is encouraged to get involved with marketing throughout their training.

It is not all work and no play. We have a very active social life within the firm through regular activities organised to provide everyone with opportunities to mingle and have some fun.

The firm is committed to development of its people and has in place initiatives to proactively support this.

How often do you recruit trainee solicitors?

We currently offer five trainee places each year and applications are made on-line only. 

When can I apply?

Please note we are no longer accepting applications for training contracts commencing 2015.

From 2 October 2014, we will be accepting applications for Training Contracts beginning in September 2016. The deadline for training contract applications is 31 May 2015.

Candidates must ensure they will have completed the LPC before the commencement of the training contract. The application form will ask you to confirm that you have successfully completed the LPC or have a confirmed place on the course. If you are still waiting for confirmation when submitting your application, please chose the “waiting to hear” option and your application will still be considered.

Kingsley Napley LLP do not offer funding or sponsorship for the GDL or LPC at present.

Where do I apply?

You will need to apply via our online application system Apply4Law.

How does the recruitment process work?

If your application is successful, we will invite you to a one-stage assessment day which generally takes place in July.  Successful applicants from the assessment day will be invited to attend a final interview with two partners and a member of the HR team.   Offers will be made to successful candidates in July/August.

What do we look for?

Kingsley Napley looks for candidates with a strong academic background. Applications are welcomed from legal and non-legal graduates who have achieved a 2:1.

A trainee will need to demonstrate commercial awareness, motivation and enthusiasm. To be successful you will need excellent communication skills with the ability to be a creative practical problem solver, a team player and a sense of humour.

Being a trainee is a fantastic opportunity and the firm looks for people who have a long term interest in Kingsley Napley and the areas of legal practice it focuses on.

Successful short listed candidates will be asked to attend an assessment centre and partner interview as part of the selection procedure.

What does the training programme consist of?

Trainees complete four six month seats, providing a wide range of practical experience and skills in contentious and non-contentious work. The training programme is broader than most other firms due to the wide ranging areas of law practiced here.

Individual preference for seats is sought and will be balanced with the firm’s needs.

Trainees work closely with partners and solicitors in a supportive team structure, and have regular reviews to assist development. The firm maintains a friendly and open environment and it is the firm’s policy that each trainee sits with a partner or senior solicitor whilst working for a department as a whole.
The firm gives trainees the chance to meet clients, be responsible for their own work and join in marketing and client development activities.

Chambers Student Guide: Please click to read about the Kingsley Napley trainee programme.

Who can I contact?