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Welcome to Brabners law firm hub. Here you will find everything you need to know about the firm's training contracts, vacation schemes and other student opportunities. 

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The AllAboutLaw Perspective

Brabners is a purpose-led independent law firm with offices in Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, and Manchester. The firm has been supporting clients for over 200 years, delivering a full range of legal services underpinned by its values of ‘ambition, empathy, and integrity’. As an independent firm, Brabners has the freedom to shape their own vision, focusing beyond financial metrics by going the extra mile to achieve exceptional outcomes for its clients. 

As the recipient of the ‘Best Law Firm to Work For’ award in 2023, Brabners offers an outstanding training contract. Working across four six-month seats, you will gain experience in a variety of the firm’s practice areas, such as Banking and Finance, Family Law or Real Estate. With the firm recognising the value of people as the heart of their success, Brabners prioritise support for their trainees. Through independent training supervision and a dedicated early careers team, your growth and well-being will be effectively supported throughout your training contract. Utilising a preference-based seat allocation method, Brabners ensures your training contract aligns with your future career aspirations, facilitating your successful development as a lawyer. 

Brabners is keenly aware of their impact beyond the office. As the largest UK law firm and the first outside of London to become B Corp certified, working at Brabners guarantees that you become part of a firm prioritising social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. This inspiring commitment is reflected in the firm’s sustainability initiatives, with employees engaging in regular volunteer days at Kingsdale Head farm as part of a wider firm commitment to restore over 400 hectares of peatland to reduce carbon levels. 

What the firm says

A certified B Corp with award-winning sustainability credentials, Brabners seeks to bring about positive change by being innovative, diverse and responsible. They are an independent, purpose-led law firm with a distinct mission to make the difference for their clients, people, and the communities they serve. 

The firm specialises in enabling public and third sector organisations and private individuals to achieve their goals. They provide a full service legal offering to large a nd mid-sized businesses, SMEs, public sector bodies, charities, business owners, entrepreneurs and high-net worth individuals. 

Brabners are proud of their heritage. Practicing law since 1815, they have developed a unique culture that has made them commercially successful and has helped them to adapt to change and move with the times.

They are multi-award-winning, including being named the Best Law Firm to Work For in the UK by Best Companies for 2024, CSR Champions of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards, Sustainability Initiative of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2023 and Outstanding Marketing Innovation at the Legal Innovation Awards for their “ingenious and brave” podcast series Rooney v Vardy: The Breakdown.

They are highly ranked in The Legal 500 and 16 of their lawyers were recognised as Best Lawyers for 2024. Brabners also hold ten The Legal 500 Future Lawyers awards for job satisfaction, quality of work, client contact, sustainability, legal technology, inclusiveness, approachability, social life, 'work from home' and work/life balance.



Diversity interests

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities. When it comes to equality, diversity and inclusion, Brabners believe in continuous improvement.  

To address challenges, Brabners have set up the Together Action Group, comprising of five affinity groups. These groups work together to shape equality, diversity and inclusion strategies that all colleagues can be proud of. With over a fifth of people at the firm being part of the group, Brabners ensures colleague voices are heard throughout the firm, at all levels. 

In September 2023 the firm celebrated the first full year of The Maurice Watkins Bursary, in partnership with We Love MCR. This initiative invites 15-22 year olds to apply for grant funding to help cover the cost of essential items including laptops and books for studying, travel costs for internships and clothing for interviews. The firm has already made awards of more than £10,000 to support those pursuing or considering a career in law. 

Brabners utilises contextual recruitment when hiring early talent, which upweights the academic performance of those from disadvantaged backgrounds; this highlights the focus on hiring for potential, not grades received.

The firms programmes, such as the vacation scheme, are also open to all: showcasing the firms commitment to widening access to the industry.