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Trainee Recruitment

Trainee Recruitment

Applications for 2020 - LPC PAID IN FULL

Brabners LLP is one of the few law firms that holds “Investor in People” status and we place great emphasis on the structure and progression of our training programme. The programme is continually re-appraised to ensure that it meets the requirements of each trainee solicitor. In 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 we are listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to work for in the UK.

Brabners LLP is consistently listed as an award winner in the Lex 100 Student Guide to the UK’s premier law firms.

As a firm we strongly believe that trainees have a place within our teams and encourage them to contribute to the work of their teams by allocating them responsibility from the outset. In each of your four seats you will spend time with a partner or senior lawyer, although you may also assist other fee earners within the department. Your work will be closely monitored by your principal who will give support, guidance and assistance.

Trainees are encouraged to discuss with their principal any problems they encounter as part of our strong “open door” policy which encourages trainees to seek help whenever they need it. We recognise and encourage an eagerness to learn and consider a genuine ambition to succeed to be an attribute. We willingly devote the time required to ensure our trainees achieve their goals.

We strongly believe a wide range of disciplines should be experienced before a decision to specialise is made. Our comprehensive training and development programme includes all that is required by the SRA and also provides an induction course and ongoing in-house training and development.

Personal development appraisals are conducted at three and six monthly intervals to ensure that trainee progress is valuable and informed. Training and staff development in the firm is the responsibility of our Training Principal, Dr Tony Harvey, and the training programme is overseen the firm’s Trainee Partners, Rupert Gill (Liverpool), Helen Brown (Liverpool), Sam Mabon (Manchester) and Lydia Edgar (Manchester).

Life as a trainee

For the true picture of the firm according to the Chambers Student Guide please click here.

Life as a trainee with us is not all work and we encourage a positive work/life balance. Our offices maintain a friendly and social environment, something envied by many larger firms. Brabners LLP social life will play a great part in your life as a trainee and our trainees are encouraged to organise regular social events, including the annual Staff Conference and our annual pro bono activities frequently raise in excess of £30,000 for the charity chosen by our staff. Brabners LLP colleagues regularly socialise after office hours with Liverpool and Manchester having vibrant young professionals scenes in which trainees soon become involved. We are active participants in a football league and regularly engage in other sports with other professionals. Officers of the regional JLDs are frequently Brabners LLP trainees.

It is our practice to select 6 trainees each year. 3 based in Liverpool and 3 in Manchester. We seek to recruit people who have great potential to succeed. We are not looking for clones, but individuals with varying personalities who offer and receive a great deal of benefit from their time with us. You should be able to demonstrate intelligence, intuition, humour, approachability and commitment and have some connection with, or interest in the North West. We prefer candidates to have achieved, or to be forecast to achieve, a good 2.1 degree but, ultimately, our assessment of you is based on our belief in your ability.

Brabners' Trainee Programme Named Friendliest in the UK

Brabners’ trainee programme has been ranked as one of the highest performing in the country, according to a nationwide survey from student legal careers advisor Lex100.

According to this year’s report, Brabners is the highest scoring firm for friendliness and placed in the top 20 for stress level and work-life balance.

Assessment Days & Applying

The application process opens on 18th December 2017.

Apply for a training contract for 2020 – Deadline 30th June 2018 - by using the following link :

Assesment centre:


24th & 25th July 2018


30th July & 1st August

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Dr. Tony Harvey, LLP Training Principal