Trainee contracts programme – applications for 2024 are closed

Applications for our training contracts and qualifying work experience for March and September 2024 are now closed.

Find out more about the trainee contract programme

Who we are

Moore Barlow is an industry celebrated law firm committed to delivering the highest standard of legal advice for our clients. With over 450 dedicated professionals, including 70 partners and 272 lawyers, we are a progressive, people-oriented law firm that offers Partner-led service by people who truly care about our clients’ needs, concerns and matters.

A true partner to our clients, we focus on delivering exceptional services for three specific groups of people: Individuals and Families, Entrepreneurial Businesses & Organisations, and Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.

Our focus on these people has allowed us to design our whole approach around their needs. Our carefully considered, personalised and long-term approach takes each client’s particular situation into account and ensures that they find the best way through to a positive future.

Working at Moore Barlow

We believe investing in our people and the value they bring, is an investment in our clients and the value we deliver. Our culture is open, diverse and inclusive; it’s an environment of belonging, where people can thrive and be the best version of themselves. We strive to nurture our people and offer enjoyable, fulfilling and sustainable careers. This includes providing the best training, great pay and rewards, and more control over work life balance.

We are inspired by people who want to make a meaningful difference. As an employee, it’s important to understand the strategic direction of the firm, and your role in helping to achieve it. We encourage our people to be open about their ideas and views and to tell us what they think. Everyone at Moore Barlow has a part to play in our success.

What do we look for in our trainees?

When recruiting trainees we identify candidates who have the potential to become partners. Ours is a long-term commitment, during which you will be given every opportunity to excel.

If you have the characteristics we are looking for, we will provide the environment, encouragement and opportunities for you to flourish both personally and professionally. With a variety of ways to qualify, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

We are one of the few law firms that can offer you a variety of ways to qualify. You need to be commercially aware, have a positive approach to business development and have an excellent academic track record, self-motivated, then Moore Barlow could be a firm where you can thrive and make a difference in the world.

As a leading law firm, we look to recruit talented individuals and offer places to those who can demonstrate the qualities we seek throughout the recruitment process. As a firm, we are keen to grow organically in addition to recruiting new talent, so strive to be in a position where you are likely to secure a permanent post at the end of your training period.

When we recruit trainees, we value and encourage applications from a wide variety of backgrounds. Here is what we look for:

  • Excellent academic track record*
  • Self-motivation, enthusiasm and an eagerness for new challenges & to make a difference in the world
  • A ‘can do’ attitude
  • Confidence
  • Good people and team working skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Analytical ability and excellent research skills
  • Good time management and organisational skills

Our values

We also look for individuals who share our values of:

Human first

We put people at the heart of everything we do, whether clients or colleagues. We are human, more caring, more down-to-earth, more real. We bring our whole selves to work.

Stronger together

We work as one team, building an open, inclusive culture because together we achieve more. We value everyone’s contribution and put people first, respecting individuality and diversity in all its forms.

Lead the way

We embrace the future, empowering each other to lead the way. We adapt to be relevant and innovate to stay ahead, always learning and seeking to improve.

Make it happen

We have a genuine commitment to exceptional service by delivering on what we promise. By creating an environment of trust we are empowered to make it happen.

Our trainees and young lawyers are supported by our Aspiring Lawyers Group which aims to create a network of younger lawyers looking to develop their careers who can share their ideas and experiences of career progression.

(*We will take into account any genuine mitigating circumstances that impacted final grades and would want to see details of this on your application).

Routes to qualifying as a solicitor

Training contract – the traditional route

Training with us gives you the opportunity to work right across the business, experiencing the full range of legal disciplines we cover.

You will benefit from a structured programme designed to provide you with the right experience, education, hands on involvement and support to prepare you for your career following qualification.

Your training will typically be organised as four seats, each lasting six months.

Applications for our trainee contracts programme are now open – we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Find out more and apply

Solicitors Qualifying Examination – Qualifying Work Experience

This new route begins in September 2021. It will soon be the only way to qualify as a solicitor. Your qualifying work experience will cover a period of up to two years. As with the training contract you will be given the opportunity to work in different areas of the business. There is also the possibility, depending on the needs of the business, to specialise early in one particular area of law.

Paralegal equivalent means route – a practical alternative route to qualification

If you have worked for a number of years as a paralegal and know which area in which you wish to qualify, this route enables you to continue to work as a paralegal, build your experience and knowledge and continue to grow your career as a solicitor.

The paralegal equivalent means route was introduced in 2014 to support paralegals with years of experience, offering them an alternative route to qualification.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requires you to evidence that you have worked in three different areas for at least three months. You also need to provide a comprehensive portfolio of the work and experience you have gained over your time as a paralegal.

CILEx route

If you don’t have a university degree and want to study part time alongside your current job, or are looking for a flexible way to qualify, CILEx could be for you.

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) offer “unparalleled” access to flexible careers in law and are one of the three core approved regulators of the legal profession alongside barristers and solicitors. CILEx is a professional association representing more than 20,000 trainees and practising Chartered Legal Executives. By being flexible, CILEx allows you to study part-time and still achieve qualification whilst in full-time employment.

CILEx provides you with a qualification in its own right (practising as a Chartered Legal Executive) but also provides a pathway to qualification as a solicitor. It is the only route which does not require you to have a university degree in order to qualify. They offer many different types of courses which include introductory courses, single subjects and specialist pathways.

Callum Leary, Legal Adviser in the Real Estate team explains his route progress: ‘The flexible nature of CILEx allowed me to study alongside working full-time, which was essential. Also, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) recognises the qualifying employment undertaken to become a Chartered Legal Executive provides the same training requirements as a traditional training contract.

‘As I am already working in the department I would like to continue in post qualification, this was the obvious route for me to take. I have been very lucky that Moore Blatch (now Moore Barlow, May 2020) is continuing to fully support me through my studies with advice and the flexibility needed to progress my career.

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