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Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Partner interview
- Written exercise
One of the top North West independent legal practices, Brabners LLP has offices in Liverpool, Manchester and Preston. We have more than 400 employees with nationally recognised experts in key practice areas such as corporate, commercial, property, employment and pensions, litigation, sports, social housing, charity, family and private client law. We have a broad client base that includes plcs, public sector bodies, banks, other commercial, corporate and professional businesses and high-net-worth individuals.
Who should apply
We look for something different in our trainees. It is not simply about those who are driven and have the tenacity to succeed. We look for people who want to be part of something bigger, who are committed to making a difference and who want to create a sustainable business where everyone can achieve their ambitions.
We strongly believe that trainees have an important role to play and we encourage them to contribute, to seek out responsibility and to be part of the team. We recognise and encourage an eagerness to learn and, in return, we devote our time and focus to ensuring each trainee achieves their goals.
Our belief is that a wide range of disciplines should be experienced before a decision to specialise is made. Because we advise some of the region’s most successful businesses across numerous industry sectors our trainees have many opportunities to experience different specialisms of law, to deal directly with clients and to assist on complex transactions with close partner support.
We give trainees all the support they would expect from a leading law firm along with the benefit of close mentoring from partners including regular reviews. Our comprehensive training and development programme meets all the requirements of the SRA. This year we have 22 trainees, some of which have followed the traditional route and some of which have been sponsored within our firm. We welcome applications from candidates with a law or non-law background.
We are one of just five firms nationally to have ranked in more than five categories in the 2019 Lex 100 Guide, the leading student guide to the UK’s premier law firm for aspiring solicitors. We top the rankings for job satisfaction, living up to expectations, quality of work given, social life, inclusiveness and approachability.
Who should apply
Graduates and those undertaking LPC or GDL who can demonstrate intelligence, intuition, humour and approachability.
The LLP is one of the few law firms that holds Investor in People status and has a comprehensive training and development programme. Trainees are given a high degree of responsibility and are an integral part of the culture of the firm. Each trainee will have partner-level supervision. Personal development appraisals are conducted at three and six-monthly intervals to ensure that trainee progress is valuable and informed. The training programme is overseen by the firm's training principal, Dr Tony Harvey, and each centre has a designated trainee partner.
It is not all hard work and the firm has an excellent social programme.
Further information about the firms SQE routes for 2023 will be published at a later date.
LPC fees paid in full.
- Private client
- Housing & regeneration
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover a vast area of legal ground, from wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Sponsored by Ashurst LLP. Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Sponsored by Kennedys. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP. Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
|Profit per partner:||£250,000 (2012)|
|Training contract applications:||142 (2022)|
|Retention rate:||50% (2012)|
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