Train With Us.

We are currently unable to recruit for Trainee Solicitors in 2021. Our recruitment needs will be reviewed again in early 2022.

Why become a solicitor with FBC Manby Bowdler?


What we look for in a Trainee:


Academic qualifications

Academic qualifications

We are looking for candidates with A-C grades at GCSE and a minimum B:B:C at A Level (or UCAS points equivalent) as well as a 1st or 2:1 degree. We welcome applications from individuals with both law and non-law backgrounds and have a number of lawyers currently working here who joined us following a change in career. One of our Partners used to manage a large national department store before making the move into law.

We are keen to hear from candidates who are intending to undertake, or who are currently undertaking the LPC and also those candidates who are interested in progressing their career through the SQE.

Personal qualities

Personal qualities

At FBC Manby Bowdler we are proud to work as ‘One Team’. So whether working with colleagues, clients, community partners or suppliers, we expect our trainees to take the same approach that the Firm is proud to have adopted.

We are also looking for ambition and drive for results, we want candidates who really want to own their career with us.

We involve all of our trainees in networking opportunities and social events and encourage them to take a proactive approach to business development and marketing that is aligned to their personal development plans.

So, what next? 


Please submit your applications to our HR Team via email hr@fbcmb.co.uk with an up to date CV and covering letter to apply.

What Our Trainees Say

"I obtained a First Class Degree in Law with Mathematics at Aberystwyth University in July 2017 before joining FBC Manby Bowdler as a Paralegal in the Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning Department in September 2017. Alongside my role as a Paralegal I also studied for the Legal Practice Course part time at BBP University in Manchester. I then went on to undertake my training contract in September 2018 and qualified as a Solicitor in September 2020 within the Agricultural & Rural Services Team.

The reason I applied to work at FBC Manby Bowdler was I knew they had strong ties to local communities and also prided themselves on Stellar Service. I thoroughly enjoyed undertaking my training contract, the ability to work across different offices and departments strengthened my knowledge of the industry as well as departmentally. I would highly recommend to others who are currently in the process of looking for a training contract to approach FBC Manby Bowdler."

Megan Price

Trainee Solicitor

Qualified in September 2020

"I applied to do my training contract at FBCMB as I was never drawn towards the bigger, more ‘corporate’ orientated firms. When I envisaged where I wanted to work, I imagined the local people down my street and in my community being able to access legal services which are local and affordable. I found that FBCMB had a number of local offices in and around the West Midlands and Shropshire - and their services ranged with an equal split between private and business services. I feel very fortunate to have a training contract with FBCMB. From the outset, I knew that I wanted to spend the majority of my training contract in areas of law which are known for the one-to-one client contact, such as Private Client, Family, Personal Injury, and the firm really took this on board and listened to my preferences. I have spent my training contract, so far, in Clinical Negligence and Family and I have thoroughly enjoyed both areas. The support I have received has been exceptional. I have been given a variety of tasks and responsibilities throughout my training contract, with constant feedback throughout for improvement. My responsibilities have ranged from talking to new enquiries and sitting in on meetings, to drafting applications to Court, briefs to counsel and letters of advice to clients. Every day is a different day, and a school day! I would strongly recommend anyone looking to pursue a career in law to apply for a training contract with FBCMB. One thing that I have really appreciated from my training contract is the level of support I have received throughout. ‘No question is a silly question’ is something that has resonated with me, and I have never been afraid to ask for assistance if I am stuck on a task. The firm frequently puts on events, such as escape rooms, to bring the trainees, apprentices and CILEx staff together which has allowed me to build strong colleague relationships with people in a similar boat to me!"

Sophie Machin

Trainee Solicitor