Graduate recruitment - FAQs

What do we look for in a trainee?

Forbes wants high calibre recruits who can demonstrate a strong academic track record together with legal work experience. We want individuals who have strong local connections, who are keen team players, friendly and approachable and client and quality focused.

What qualifications will I need?

Academic achievement is only one of the criteria we assess potential trainees on. However, candidates must have a minimum of an upper second class degree (not necessarily law) and preferably, a minimum of 'B' 'B' 'B' at A-Level.

What are the recruitment deadlines?

30 April 2013 - 2013 Summer Vacation Placement Scheme (July & August)
31 July 2013 - 2015 Trainee Solicitor Programme

What seats might I experience?

As a trainee solicitor, we can offer you the best of both worlds, with seats in both our city and non-city branches. The Firm has dealings with both commercial and private client work and can, therefore, provide a varied and exciting training contract.

Once a training contract commences, each trainee spends six months in four departments from the following:

  1. Criminal Litigation
  2. Family / Divorce
  3. Claimant Litigation
  4. Insurance Litigation
  5. Non-contentious, essentially comprising Commercial Property, Domestic Property, Wills, Trust & Probate, Corporate and Commercial
  6. Employment

The seats indicated are our main ones, however, other areas may be available, including the possibility of client secondment.

How do I apply?

Applications should be made to the Graduate Recruitment Manager via the online application process and received no later than 31 July.