Graduate Recruitment Process

At Forbes our employees are our most important asset. The success, continued development and growth of the firm can be attributed to our employees.

Together we are Forbes

We understand that taking the first step in to career in law is important, so we offer you the support and guidance you need as you embark on your journey.

Why Forbes?

From the beginning of your training, you will be given hands on, client work, to deal with. As you become embedded into the team, your responsibilities will grow, along with your learning and development and opportunities to be involved in more complex cases. All of which, is helping you in your journey to qualification.

As well as interesting and engaging work, there is the opportunity to be involved in pro-bono opportunities, the Forbes Foundation, and careers talks where you can engage with students considering a career in law.

If you are yet to complete your LPC or the SQE, we will cover your SQE costs via our Graduate Solicitor/SQE Apprenticeship, meaning you will receive a salary at the same time as working and studying.

Method of application

Whether you are applying for a traditional training contract or a Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship, your journey starts with an online application.

Graduate selection procedure

Applicants who meet our selection criteria will be invited to submit a short video presentation, the topic of which will be provided in advance.

Should you be successful after this stage you will be invited to a first face to face interview with the Graduate Recruitment Interview Panel.

Candidates successful after first interview will be invited to a final stage panel interview where a presentation will be required. Again, the topic will be provided in advance.

Closing date for applications

15 June of the current year for training contracts to commence two years hence.

15 June of the current year for graduate solicitor apprenticeships to commence the following year.

If you have not received an acknowledgement and invitation for interview by the 31 August each year, your application has been unsuccessful.


Training contracts p.a. - 6-8
Applications p.a. - over 200
Percentage interviewed p.a. - varies


Your PRT will consist of 4 six month training seats within some of our key practice areas. Your first seat will be chosen for you and your following seats are allocated from discussions we have with trainee's as part of our trainee review process.

We endeavour to ensure that trainees are provided with hands-on, quality work, client contact from the start as well as comprehensive training and working within a supportive environment. We ensure that our trainees gain the skills required to take them through to qualification and beyond

All trainee's and newly qualified solicitors are allocated a mentor from the beginning of their training through to the end of the first year after qualifying.