Graduate recruitment information

Training Contracts at Forbes Solicitors

Information Sheet for applicants

We receive on average 200 hundred applications annually for four Training Contracts positions at Forbes Solicitors. These commence in September two years after the year of application. However, the number of positions that we offer depends upon the calibre of the candidates interviewed.

Following an initial shortlisting round, successful applicants will be invited to complete a video presentation. Following this, approximately twenty applicants are selected for first stage interviews, conducted by Stuart Penswick, Training Principal; Michelle Thompson, Training Partner and Emma Fitzsimmons, Graduate Recruitment Manager.

First stage interviews are normally completed by the end of the second week in August and we will then draw up a short list of candidates for a final second round interview. Again, the number of short listed candidates will depend upon the calibre of interviewees.

We hope to be able to advise all interviewees of the outcome of the first stage interview the week following their initial interview.

Training Contracts

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

  1. Criminal Litigation
  2. Family / Matrimonial
  3. Claimant Litigation
  4. Insurer litigation
  5. Non-contentious, essentially comprising Commercial or Residential Property, Wills, Trust & Probate and Contracts and Projects, Corporate and Restructuring
  6. Employment
  7. Dispute Resolution
  8. Housing (Litigation)
  9. Housing (Property)

During each six month seat, formal appraisals are conducted with the Training Principal and the Graduate Recruitment Partner, after the first six weeks and four weeks before the end of the seat. During these appraisals, discussions take place regarding, performance, reviewing the Departmental Training Checklist and the Training Diary.

During the course of the training contract, each trainee has the opportunity to meet a mentor who is usually a newly qualified solicitor to help with any other issues that may arise.

Stuart Penswick
Training Principal