FBC Manby Bowdler is a business committed to the training and development of its staff. At the heart of that has been its recruitment, at grass roots level, of those who wish to qualify as solicitors. We currently employ approx.. 18 people on a formal training route as an Apprentice, with CILEx or under the guidance of the SRA. We commit much resource – human, technological and financial, to the qualification of those individuals. We do not recruit on to our training programmes unless we have the capacity to commit the required resource.
Covid-19 has required every business to re-evaluate its priorities over the coming months. Whilst we have shown remarkable resilience to keep our business as usual for our clients and staff, these times are uncertain and recruiting without knowing that we have the capacity to commit our preferred levels of resource to any new starter of our business is not a decision we are able to make at the moment.
As a result, and until further announcement, we regret that we will not be recruiting for Apprentices or Training Contracts. Internally, the intake to our CILEx to Solicitor route is also on hold.
But on the horizon is opportunity. The profession was already about to embark upon the unknown to enter the new world of SQE and so we commit to using this year to prepare for that evolution of the routes that allow access in to the law. We are excited for that and hope you are too.
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