How to Apply?
You will need to apply via our online application system Apply4Law.
Please note that Kingsley Napley will not accept applications made in any other format.
Applications for 2020 have now closed and applications for 2021 will open at the end of October 2019.
Assessment days take place in late June each year, and approximately 10 successful candidates are invited back for an interview in early July.
Final decisions are made shortly after the interviews take place, and candidates will be notified in mid-August if they have been successful in their applications.
The Application Process
Applications for a training contract at Kingsley Napley open each year in December, and run through to 31 May the following year. If your application is successful, we will invite you to a one-stage assessment day which generally takes place in early July.
For us, the trainee assessment day is the most important day in the trainee recruitment calendar, so we try to ensure that every practice area at the firm has the opportunity to be represented on the panel. The panel itself is made up of partners, senior fee earners, and members of the management team. In addition to the panel of assessors, we also invite our newly qualified solicitors (who participate in the case study exercise on the day) to give their feedback on how individuals have performed throughout the day.
Assessment days are made up of a variety of tasks, which we hope lets everyone show us their strengths, and to perform to the best of their ability. These activities are preceded by a welcome from Jane Keir our Senior Partner and Fiona Simpson our Training Principal and a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice area.
The first exercise is speed networking, which gives all candidates the opportunity to speak with all of the assessors, and vice versa. We find this exercise puts candidates as ease and calms any nerves that may have been present on arrival at the assessment day.
Following the speed networking, candidates take part in a case study exercise that includes a witness interview and an element of drafting, followed by a presentation or debate exercise on a current affair. The topics are allocated on the day, and candidates are given some time to prepare before presenting their arguments to the assessors.
Whilst at the assessment day, candidates have lunch with current trainees and recently qualified solicitors, and at the end of the day they have a Q&A session with the assessors.
Successful candidates from the assessment days are then invited to attend a final interview with two partners and a member of the HR team. It is vitally important to us that the personality of a person matches with ours, and so we make sure to ask a mixture of competency, skill and opinion based questions that are designed to stretch candidates, whilst giving them the opportunity to shine. Offers of training contracts are made to candidates at the beginning of August each year.