Trainee Recruitment FAQs

How many trainee solicitors do you recruit each year?

We currently offer up to nine trainee places each year.



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. Despite this minimum requirement, we read all applications made for a training contract, and review applications on their merit and not academic achievements alone.


Mitigating circumstances?

If you have mitigating circumstances and wish to apply for a training contract, please outline these circumstances in the relevant section of the application form and they will be read in line with your application.



For our trainee solicitors, we fund the SQE1, SQE2 as well as the SQE plus.


Application process?

Please refer to our Apply page for information about how to apply for a training contract.


Who to contact?

Please refer to our Careers Team page for contact information. Alternatively you can call our reception on 020 7814 1200 who will transfer you through to a member of the HR team.


How can I apply?

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

Please note that Kingsley Napley do not accept applications for training contracts in any other format.


When can I apply?

We currently recruit one year in advance. From November to May each year we accept applications for Training Contracts beginning in September of the following year. Candidates must ensure they hold either a law degree, LPC, GDL or equivalent such as a PgDip in Law before the commencement of their SQE training as part of the training contract (SQE 1 begins in January with SQE 2 beginning in April).


When do you look at applications?

We accept applications from November through to May for training contracts commencing the following year, and do not review applications until after the deadline for making applications has passed. Candidates should feel free to submit their applications at any time between November and May. Please note that, once submitted, candidates will not be able to make amends to their applications.


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