Graduate recruitment

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. If you are commercially aware, have a positive approach to business development and have an excellent academic track record, self-motivated, then Moore Barlow could be right for you.

As a leading law firm, we look to recruit the very best talent and only offer places to those of the highest calibre. Restricting the number of trainees we take on means that if you train with us, you are more likely to secure a permanent post at the end of your training period. As a firm, we are keen to grow organically in addition to recruiting new talent.

When we recruit trainees, we value and encourage applications from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Here is what we look for:

  • Self-motivation, enthusiasm and an eagerness for new challenges
  • A ‘can do’ attitude
  • Confidence
  • Good people skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Analytical ability and excellent research skills
  • Good time management and organisational skills

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.

Applications for training contracts commencing in 2020 and 2021 have now closed.

For more information visit our training programme section.

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.

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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