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Life at Sharpe Pritchard

A modern law firm reflecting modern lives. Whatever life looks like right now, we will support you to work in the way that you need to, ensuring that we have the best legal minds and talent for our clients

What can you expect as a valued Sharpe Pritchard colleague?

In addition to working for a national firm that is at the forefront of public law, you will experience a friendly and collegiate team atmosphere where agile working across core teams is encouraged.

Flexible working is not a dirty word. We want the very best to join the firm and we want you to stay. We recognise that everyone has different needs and responsibilities at different times in our lives and flexibility can be necessary.

We are committed to ongoing professional development not only with established providers but through our internal “Lunch and Learn” scheme which offer regular legal updates as well as soft skills training.

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. More importantly, we want to hear from you. 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.

Disability Support

We are a Disability Confident employer, which means that we will make reasonable adjustments to help you perform at your best. Please click here to find out more about the types of adjustments we offer to the application and interview process. If you would like to discuss what we can do differently, please get in touch.

  • make changes to the interview process, for example hold a face-to-face interview rather than a telephone-based interview when this would be beneficial
  • provide tests in alternative format
  • ensure that our online tests are compatible with software such as speech to text for candidate with Dexterity conditions.
  • give more time for someone with dyslexia to do any written or reading tests that are part of the interview process
  • provide the tests on pastel coloured paper, if this would be beneficial to candidates with dyslexia
  • ask a candidate who is deaf or has hearing loss their preference on communication and book assistance (e.g., interpreter) if needed
  • when interviewing a candidate who is deaf of has hearing loss, to consider the light source so as not to put lips in a shadow and to keep background noise at minimum.
  • give candidates the use of a computer/laptop for a written test
  • allow extra time for presentations for someone with a speech condition – to prepare and deliver
  • Using an accessible font for any handouts
  • offer multiple ways of getting in touch during the recruitment process (e.g., phone and email)

This is a short list to give some examples only and it must not be understood to be an exhaustive list of what we can or cannot do to support candidates.

We regularly review our workplace and offices to remove physical barriers and provide accessibility to applicants of all abilities. Please click here to find out more about the measures we have put in place to support accessibility.

  • designated disabled car parking outside office
  • all doors are wheelchair accessible on the ground floor
  • the height of access points are accessible for disabled people
  • there is an electric lift from kerbside to reception area
  • the entrance includes weather protection recess area
  • lifts are accessible to a wheelchair user
  • public/emergency phones are fitted and telephones suitable for those with hearing aids and identified with a symbol
  • disabled/wheelchair access to toilets available on all floors
  • devices implementing visual and tactile design (vibrating pagers) are available.
  • PEEP’s are in place to ensure safe egress in the event of a fire and a “buddy” system is in place
  • adequate training has been provided to all key staff regarding disability awareness to include front of house

Invest in us and we will invest in you.

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 know that ensuring diversity and inclusion is not just the right thing to do, it yields a wider range of skills, broader experience and perspectives which in turn leads to more innovation, problem solving, strategic development and higher engagement.

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.

If you would like further information on the reasonable adjustments we have in place as part of our recruitment and interview process, or would like to discuss specific requirements, please do get in touch.

Our Benefits

Competitive remuneration package
Generous holiday provision including buy/sell annual leave scheme
Meaningful flexible working arrangements including a flexi-time policy
Weekly drinks
Dress down Friday
Social committee events throughout the year
Matched pension contributions up to 4%
Income protection
Enhanced parental leave for all parents
Employee Assistance programme
Cycle to work scheme
Childcare vouchers
Smart health – Unlimited access to a 24/7 GP as well as a range of other health and wellbeing experts.
Season ticket loans
Life assurance
Payment of professional memberships
Health and wellbeing app – supporting employee’s fitness, nutrition and mental health.
Individual Business Development Budgets
Staff Introduction Bonus Scheme
All Employee Quarterly Bonus

Spreading the word

“I joined Sharpe Pritchard because I wanted to experience a wide range of legal disciplines, but did not want to be anonymous at a large firm. I wanted to train and work where you are a valued member of the team and can see your work make a real difference, but also where it is understood that members of staff have lives outside of the office. It’s an extremely friendly atmosphere and the working culture, as well as flexible working initiatives, are unbeatable.

Trainees and junior members of staff are also encouraged to engage in a variety of committees (including a Junior Board) which provides the opportunity to be a part of decisions which are ordinarily taken at a much higher level.

My experience as a trainee at the firm was outstanding and this is why I am delighted to stay and qualify into the corporate department. Sharpe Pritchard strikes an impressive balance with their trainees; giving them lots of responsibility in a variety of interesting work while ensuring there is always support at hand. Everyone who works at the firm is extremely approachable and genuinely interested in your professional development and continued learning, which makes it an exceptional place to train as a solicitor.”

Ryan Copeland (Trainee Solicitor 2017-2019) now qualified Associate

David Owens"I joined Sharpe Pritchard from a large international firm in the City, and I’ve now been here for about eight months. I’d enjoyed working at my previous firm and gained some great experience, but it had become increasingly clear to me that, now that I have a young family, I didn’t want to be travelling frequently and chasing international work. I’d also started to feel a little anonymous in such a big organisation, and wanted to be part of a firm where I could get to know everybody.

One concern with moving from a big firm to a much smaller one is that the quality of work you do might suffer, but in fact nothing could be further from the truth. With Sharpes we work on many very high profile matters, and I’m involved in several multi-million pound disputes. The work is interesting and challenging, and as many of the clients are public authorities there’s the sense that you’re working for the community.

Its also a very friendly and collaborative place to work. In some firms partners are very protective of the work they’ve won, leading to an “eat what you kill” system and very siloed mentalities. In contrast during my first couple of months here I’d been referred work from colleagues across the firm.

In short, I’d highly recommend working for Sharpes!"

David Owens, Partner

Juli Lau“I've been at Sharpe Pritchard for nearly 13 years, having started here as a trainee solicitor. The main draw for me was (and still is) its public sector focus and I must admit I was very curious to find out what “parliamentary agents” do, so I was very pleased when one of them took the trainees on a tour of the House of Commons to show us just that!

The final clincher for me was my interview with the then Senior Partner, which felt more like a good chat with a friend – an early insight into what it would be like sharing an office with him for part of my litigation seat on my training contract.

As a public procurement and contracts lawyer on the Infrastructure team, I have the privilege to contribute to a variety of major and innovative public sector projects, which keeps my job interesting, and I have also been able to see the positive outcomes of these projects for wider society, which keeps me motivated to do my job well!

I also enjoy being able to bring some of my personal passions, such as those for community engagement, into the workplace, by sitting on our Corporate Social Responsibility committee and connecting with local charities. Why have I stayed at the same firm for 13 years? Quite simply, it’s the people - colleagues whom I enjoy working and sharing life with and senior management who have fully supported me in changes to my role and working patterns to accommodate a flexible arrangement. The fact that my personal priorities are respected and supported by my employer, is a huge factor for why I stay.”

Juli Lau, Legal Director at Sharpe Pritchard

We are always looking to grow our successful public law team. We offer the highest calibre work within a friendly and talented team of specialist solicitors together with structured career progression, competitive salaries and benefits.

We also offer meaningful flexible working arrangements and are very happy to discuss how they might work for you.

You will be a solicitor who provides clear, sensible, client-focussed advice and who has excellent communication skills, inspiring confidence in your clients. You will be able to demonstrate an active interest in marketing and business development.

If you are looking to join a firm where high profile public law is at the heart of what we do, apply with your CV and covering letter to

Sharpe Pritchard in numbers


1 with a disability

as defined by the Equalities Act

3 limited a little

38 no limitations

*These results are based on the Workforce Data made to the SRA in 2019, not all staff responded

Join us

The firm welcomes applications from all sections of the community irrespective of race or racial group, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age or disability.


From time to time we recruit paralegals to support our specialist teams. If you have strong academics, excellent attention to detail and an interest in public law, we welcome speculative applications. Apply here with your CV and covering letter.

Litigation- Associate

We have a great opportunity for a Litigation Associate to join our Litigation team. Apply here with your CV and covering letter.

ICT and Data Solicitors

We are growing and looking to build our successful Commercial ICT and Data team and welcome applications from ICT and Data solicitors who also have contract law and procurement law experience. This is a great opportunity to join a well-regarded national law firm that is at the forefront of significant public law, national and local government projects. Apply here with your CV and covering letter.

Construction Solicitors

We are growing and looking to build our successful, highly reputable Construction and Commercial Contract team and welcome applications from non-contentious construction solicitors who have up to date knowledge of and experience in construction law and practice and detailed knowledge and understanding of the Construction Act. Applicants will ideally have up to 3 years PQE. Apply here with your CV and covering letter.

Recruitment agencies

Please note that the firm does not accept speculative CVs from recruitment agencies. We have an approved PSL of recruitment agencies that we work with and candidate applications are only accepted via our recruitment applicant tracking system (ATS). New agencies that wish to work with us will need to agree to our standard recruitment agency terms and conditions with the HR Team at

Please click here for our recruitment privacy notice.


Training at Sharpe Pritchard

Sharpe Pritchard recruits between three and five trainees every year. We aim to provide legal experience in all core areas of our practice: dispute resolution and judicial review, planning and parliamentary, real estate, construction, ICT and data, infrastructure, commercial contracts and procurement.

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, police forces, NHS trusts and local authorities.

Applications should be made through the portal. The application window for September 2023 SQE Trainee Solicitors will open on the 27 January 2022. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2022.

Our starting salary is £34,000. Additionally, we offer 28 days holiday and a grant towards LPC costs (subject to terms and conditions).