Ince Gordon Dadds - True Picture

We were not able to interview Ince Gordon Dadd's trainees in 2018, but we hope to bring you a True Picture review of the firm soon. Meanwhile, click the 'Firm Profile' tab above to find out more about the firm.

How to get an Ince & Co training contract


Vacation scheme deadline (2019): 31 January 2019 (opens 1 December 2018)

Training contract deadline (2021): 31 July 2019 (opens 1 February 2019)

Ince Gordon Dadds

Aldgate Tower,
2 Leman Street,
E1 8QN

  • Partners 49 (100 worldwide)
  • Associates qualified in England and Wales 52 (115 worldwide)
  • Trainees 20
  • Total staff 550 worldwide
  • UK offices London
  • Overseas offices 12
  • Contact [email protected]
  • Application criteria 
  • Training contracts pa: 10
  • Applications pa: 600
  • Minimum required degree grade: 2:1
  • Minimum A levels: AAB
  • Dates and deadlines  
  • Training contract deadline, 2021 start: 31 July 2019
  • Vacation scheme deadline, 2019: 31 January 2019
  • Salary and benefits 
  • First-year salary: £37,750
  • Second-year salary: £41,800
  • Post-qualification salary: £63,250
  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days
  • Sponsorship 
  • LPC fees: Yes (£7,000 grant for study in London and Guildford, £6,500 elsewhere)
  • GDL fees: Yes; (£7,000 grant for study in London and Guildford, £6,000 elsewhere)

Firm profile

With nearly 150 years of experience, we’re one of the oldest law firms in the City. We are an ever growing firm, now boasting 13 offices worldwide, with our most recent office opening in Marseille in February 2017. Our number of people stands at over 500, including over 100 partners and more than 160 lawyers worldwide. The firm is continuing to develop, with a 16% year-on-year increase in turnover in 2016-2017 and 100% of our trainees being offered an NQ position on qualification.

Our success is built upon always taking a collaborative and innovative approach by looking for new ways to apply legal strategies and create new law. While our international presence and world-leading reputation was initially built on shipping and insurance, we have successfully explored new territory and established our expertise across a number of specific industries.

We have invested heavily in IT and infrastructure, supporting agile working and relocating to modern offices in London and Hong Kong, with employees now working from Surface Pro 4s.

Ince Gordon Dadds regularly hosts client events throughout the year in our dedicated client suites, including annual shipping and insurance parties; Ince Gordon Dadds also hosts events internally, including the annual black tie May Ball and monthly ‘Ince drinks’, which is a great opportunity to get to know people from across the firm.

Main areas of work

With a world-leading reputation initially built on shipping and insurance, over the decades we have successfully explored new territory and established our expertise across a number of specific industries. We have five core business groups: aviation, energy, insurance and reinsurance, international trade and shipping.

Trainee profile

Ince Gordon Dadds has four core sectors: trade, transportation (aviation, shipping, yachts and superyachts), energy and infrastructure, and insurance and reinsurance. Within these four sectors we have a broad range of expertise, including EU law, competition and regulation, commercial disputes, insolvency and corporate recovery, emergency response, ports and maritime infrastructure. Our corporate and finance practice has grown significantly in recent years, and the firm has developed a strong transactional business to complement our dispute resolution work. Clients range from insurers, brokers and banks to oil and shipping companies, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, entrepreneurs and major international trading groups.

Training opportunities

Ince Gordon Dadds sees things differently with around 70% of our partners having trained with us. We not only regard our trainees as future solicitors and potential partners, but our training programme is different too. With us you’ll get involved in real legal work from day one, with flexibility to work across different departments and retain a portion of your cases as you progress through your training.

Vacation scheme

Running during the Easter period, our two-week trainee recruitment placement scheme (TRPS) gives you a practical insight into life as an Ince Gordon Dadds trainee. We welcome a maximum of five people on the TRPS at any one time so that we can give you all the support you need. You will also work on real cases, which may involve attending court and hearings, meeting clients, drafting correspondence or doing legal research.

Other benefits

Season ticket loan; corporate health cover; private health insurance; contributory pension scheme; fitness subsidy and 25 days holiday.

Social media

Twitter @incegordondadds

Linkedin incelaw

This Firm's Rankings in
UK Guide, 2018

Ranked Departments

    • Family/Matrimonial (Band 5)
    • Professional Negligence: Insurance (Band 3)
    • Professional Negligence: Legal (Band 4)
    • Asset Finance: Shipping Finance (Band 2)
    • Aviation (Band 4)
    • Commodities: Physicals (Band 3)
    • Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas Recognised Practitioner
    • Insurance: Contentious Claims (Band 3)
    • Insurance: Reinsurance (Band 2)
    • Shipping (Band 1)
    • Family/Matrimonial Recognised Practitioner