The Legal Cheek View
This is the Brabners profile for those considering solicitor apprenticeships. Students looking to apply for training contracts should check out Legal Cheek‘s main Brabners profile.
Northwest outfit Brabners has embraced apprenticeships within their four regional offices: Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, and Preston. A full-service player, Brabners boasts a diverse array of practice areas, from the commercial side of the law (banking and finance, corporate and commercial) to family, employment, and private client, to name a few. It also does its fair share of high-profile media work, having represented Colleen Rooney in the now world-famous Wagatha Christie case.
Solicitor apprentices will be able to gain a holistic insight into life at a firm that makes its mark outside of the capital. The largest UK law firm to gain B Corp status, it’s clear that Brabners is taking its social and environmental commitments seriously — a huge pull for socially conscious rookies. Although apprenticeships are currently offered only internally due to Brabners’ commitment to internal progression opportunities, Legal Cheek hears whispers that this outfit will be expanding its apprenticeship offer externally in the future.
Legal Cheek spoke to one of the firm’s apprentices, who was offered the opportunity to progress from her paralegal role to a graduate apprenticeship. Even though studying for the Solicitors Qualifying Exams (SQE) one day a week definitely “has its challenges” for this soon-to-be solicitor, she manages her time by “being very disciplined and organised”. It’s “unlikely” that apprentices can fit their SQE studies into just one day, she says. But it’s clear that having a weekly game plan allows her to confidently balance her studying alongside grafting at the office.