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Brabners LLP

14 vacancies
28 trainees
85 partners
480 staff

We provide a full service legal offering to large and mid-sized businesses, SMEs, public sector bodies, charities, business owners, entrepreneurs and high-net worth individuals.

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Applications for training contracts to commence in September 2026 will open 19 October 2024. If you have any questions about trainee recruitment please email [email protected].

Applications to

Ms Lynette Smith

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Telephone 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 480 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

Graduates and those undertaking any route to qualification including the GDL, LPC or SQE who can demonstrate our values – showing that they care, can stand together as a team, are ambitious and do what’s right.

We look for something different in our trainees.

While we want people who are driven and have the tenacity to succeed, we also want those who wish to be part of something much bigger. Those who are eager to learn, innovate and seek out responsibility.

In return, we will devote our time and focus to ensure that each and every one of our trainees has the opportunity to realise their full potential.

We strongly believe that trainees should experience a wide range of disciplines before making the decision to specialise. Our vast client base means that our trainees have the chance to experience different sectors and specialisms, deal directly with clients and assist our partners on complex cases.

Join us to kickstart your career in law.

Our vacation scheme is a fantastic opportunity for you to experience work and the culture of Brabners. You will have the opportunity to experience a variety of sectors and meet experienced colleagues from across our teams.

The scheme has been designed to support your skill and knowledge development as you prepare for your career ahead. We are passionate about adding value to your journey. With talks from our experienced leaders, advice and guidance from our current trainees and a series of challenging tasks, we are confident that you will have a rewarding experience. You will undertake work in a real context, be involved in live client work and embrace workshops designed to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for you to be outstanding in your field.

Our insights programme is a work experience scheme, designed for those studying law at either degree- or A level to learn from and network with professionals. Through our insight days, you can discover what life is like both in the legal profession and at Brabners.

Our guest speakers – who come from a range of different sectors – will discuss their work and provide guidance on how to make a successful application and pathways into law (including advice for the SQE and apprenticeships). We will also host a Q&A panel discussion with our trainee solicitors in addition to a networking lunch.

We provide aspiring solicitors with all the support they expect from a leading law firm, along with the benefit of close mentoring from partners. Our trainees have many opportunities to experience different specialisms of law by seat rotation, experiencing four seats over a two-year period, dealing directly with clients and assisting on complex transactions with close partner support. Our trainees also have the opportunity to be involved in our action and affinity groups, which focus on LGBTQ+, gender diversity, physical and mental health and social mobility issues. The aim of our groups is to create a fair and more equal society through the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion among our people, clients and the communities within which we live and work.

We welcome applicants who are already studying or about to embark on an SQE programme.

As a minimum, you must have successfully completed and passed your SQE1 exam before starting your training contract with us. We will support applicants who require SQE2 with study leave, prep courses and exam support, if required.

Our training contract will provide you with two years’ qualifying work experience, required to support the successful completion of your SQE programme. Please note that, regardless of any time to count (TCC) taken elsewhere, your training contract with Brabners will be for two years.

Funding is available to support development.

  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Property
  • Private client
  • Litigation
  • Employment
  • Housing & regeneration
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

1 Horton House, Exchange Flags, Liverpool, L2 3YL
Phone: 0151 600 3000
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 20
Minimum qualification: 2:1 degree or postgraduate degree
Start salary: £29,000
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
  • SQE
Training programme applications: 179 (2023)
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester
  • Lancashire
  • Leeds
  • Breaking Barriers
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • Pathways to Law
  • Sutton Trust