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Our SQE training programme takes the form of a Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship and allows you to start working and earning at Forbes Solicitors after you finish university, while gaining qualifying legal work experience across a range of different legal teams before sitting the SQE1 and SQE2 exams to qualify as a solicitor.

Prospective trainees looking to start the SQE training programme must have completed a law degree or the GDL/PGDL prior to starting with Forbes. You can apply for a graduate solicitor apprenticeship from the penultimate year of your law degree, or final year of your non-law degree (if you plan to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law, or equivalent).

Forbes will fully fund your training during the course of the apprenticeship.

This programme will be delivered by UCLAN, our partnered university. The course is designed for those who wish to qualify as a solicitor. It is a non-integrated Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) pathway, designed to deliver the Solicitor Apprenticeship qualification.

The apprenticeship will give you the additional knowledge required so you can undertake the Solicitors Regulation Authorities (SRA’s) central Solicitor Qualification Exams (SQE 1 & 2). You can then qualify as a Solicitor through our Solicitor Apprenticeship programme.

This is a great opportunity for a legal graduate to progress their current career and join a collaborative and professional Firm. Whilst the role will be working to the fast-pace, customer focus and high standards of a law firm, the role will also provide a sustainable work-life balance and relate to the regional area in which it is based.

What do we look for in applications?

  • Qualifications (Law Degree, GDL, LLM) (Cilex Level 6 for SQE Apprenticeships)
  • Dedication to Law (work experience, attendance at hearings, etc.)
  • Local Connections (North West, Manchester, Leeds)
  • IT Knowledge/Experience (Microsoft Office and other IT systems)
  • Evidence of Team Work and Collaboration
  • Attention to Detail (Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation)
  • Response to application questions (Structure, Relevance and Understanding)


Forbes Solicitors offer the full range of legal services to individuals, commercial clients, and a number of specialist sectors where we excel nationally. We have offices across the North but our roots are firmly based in Lancashire. Our clients tell us that we stand out from other firms. We are real people who are passionate about getting the best results. Working together and listening to our clients, we provide genuine and practical advice.

We are looking for someone who displays our values; specifically someone who can excel, is engaged, is a real person, displays fairness in all they do and has a one team ethic.

Forbes is an equal opportunities and disability confident employer and accredited to Investors in People and ISO 9001 quality management systems. We support the principle of equal opportunities in relation to any opportunities which we might provide through the engagement of employees; the provision of services to clients; and the appointment and engagement of suppliers. We are committed, wherever practicable, to maintaining a workforce which broadly reflects the local community in which we operate.