Full-service law firm Forbes Solicitors has welcomed its latest cohort of trainee solicitors.
In total, 13 new trainee solicitors have commenced training with the law firm in September, including graduate, and under-graduate, apprentices and trainees undertaking a Period of Recognised Training (PRT). Forbes now has 22 trainees in total within the business, a growth again on previous years.
The apprenticeship route and SQE system of exams was introduced in September 2021, meaning that for the first time, people can train to be a solicitor without having to complete a law degree or the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Via the apprenticeship routes, prospective solicitors complete one day per week at law school as part of a three or five year course, giving them real insight into the business, as well as supporting their further study.
Trainees will have the opportunity to gain knowledge from across Forbes’ wide array of specialisms, ranging from the firm’s dedicated team of insurance lawyers through to its employment and HR, intellectual property, business crime, and commercial property teams.
Kella Bowers, a partner and the graduate training principal at Forbes Solicitors, said: “Welcoming the next generation of talent is always a particularly exciting time for Forbes and even more so this year with the arrival of a larger number of trainees undertaking an apprenticeship. We passionately believe in opening up access to the legal profession to attract the best talent and support diversity and inclusion, and the Apprenticeship routes really help with this.
“We’ve been privileged to support the growth of so many outstanding solicitors through our training programme in recent years and are proud to be able to offer long-term career opportunities for aspiring professionals. Being a full-service law firm with a network of offices and a national client base creates so many possibilities for future solicitors right here in the north of England.”
Forbes Solicitors has 11 offices across England including Lancashire, Manchester, and Leeds.