Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Forbes Solicitors

The Lex 100 verdict on Forbes Solicitors


Northwest firm Forbes has a ‘strong client base and standing within the locality’. The regional firm is the ‘ideal size’ and has ‘a personal feel which makes you feel cared about’ yet is ‘multi-disciplined so that you can try a variety of seats’ – perfect for those who have not yet made a decision about the area of law they wish to qualify into. Forbes has ‘a whole host of brilliant clients and delivers high-quality work’. A ‘kind and caring nature permeates the overall firm culture’ and there are ‘friendly and approachable people at all levels’. As a result, trainees have ‘never been hesitant to ask a question’ and are ‘confident that a partner or supervisor will always do what they can to help’. For trainees, the worst thing about Forbes is the salary; recruits complained that they consider the remuneration to be ‘too low’. Other frustrations are that ‘it can sometimes be difficult to manage the client personalities you come into contact with’ and ‘clients ignoring you and going down the wrong path – it’s not nice to see them struggle’. ‘Going into a national lockdown in the second week of a new seat and having to work from home with little guidance initially’ was a worst moment. On the upside, ‘attending court as an advocate in the second week of a contentious seat and obtaining a successful outcome for the client’, ‘drafting all the ancillary documents and negotiating the transaction documents for a completion’ and ‘my really glowing first trainee review’ made recruits feel on top of the world. For a firm which ‘really invests in each trainee as a person’ where ‘everyone is approachable and willing to help’, consider Forbes.