Train With Us.

We wholly embrace making law accessible for all. In 2024 we will not be taking on any new external applications for either Training Contracts or Apprenticeships. 'Watch this space' for updates relating to our 2025 Trainee intake. 

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? 

'Watch this space' for updates relating to our 2025 Trainee intake. 

What Our Trainees Say

I obtained a First-Class-Honours Law Degree at the University of Law in Birmingham in July 2021. I then went on to achieve a Commendation in the Legal Practice Course combined with my master’s in law in August 2022, before joining FBC Manby Bowdler in September 2022 as a New Enquiry Handler.

I was promoted to Paralegal in the Clinical Negligence team in July 2023 and then began my Training Contract in September 2023. I would like to qualify into the Clinical Negligence team as this has always been my strongest area of interest. I am extremely grateful that I have been supported in spending as much time in this department during my Training Contract before qualification. I have been given a variety of tasks with exceptional feedback along the way to aid my improvement.

The main reason I applied to FBC Manby Bowdler was because they are a local, highly regarded, successful Law Firm with strong community ties throughout the West Midlands, Shropshire and Worcestershire. It is evident that the Firm not only pride themselves on providing a Stellar Service to our clients but also maintaining an excellent place to work for each and every employee. I could not imagine training anywhere else and would highly recommend the Firm to any applicant looking to acquire a Training Contract or Apprenticeship.

Maddison Elwell

Trainee Solicitor 

"My background is quite varied. Prior to University I studied Public Services at my local college which focused on the honing of survival skills, fitness, discipline, and knowledge expected of the Military, Special Forces and Emergency Services. From this I then went on to study A-Level Law as a Mature Student. I graduated from Staffordshire University with a 2:1 classification in Law and continued on to complete the Legal Practice Course in 2017 at the age of 27."

"Post-Graduation I spent a few years in support and paralegal roles in smaller high-street Firms and larger Firms alike. I settled into a larger Firm in 2019 and specialised in Commercial Property. I decided to apply for a Training Contract at FBC Manby Bowdler in early 2023 as a number of my colleagues had worked here previously and still spoke highly of the Firm. It was important to me that, despite leaving the Firm, they were still able to praise the culture and talent available at FBC Manby Bowdler. Prior to joining, I had reservations about being older than the ‘typical trainee’, but it was quickly obvious that it had no bearing on how I was treated by colleagues, and I was welcomed warmly."

"At the time of writing, I am approaching the end of my first seat in the Agricultural & Rural services team and the standard of training has been excellent. Despite my transferable experience in Commercial Property, I have still been able to learn a vast amount and expand my skill set. As a Trainee at FBC Manby Bowdler your hard work will be rewarded, your opinions and ideas will be considered, and your aspirations will be respected. In my opinion, the Firm’s focus on the next generation of Lawyers is second to none."

Stewart Harris

Trainee Solicitor 

I obtained a First Class Degree in Geography at the University of Liverpool in July 2020 before joining FBC Manby Bowdler as a Paralegal in the Corporate Department in May 2021. Alongside my role as a full-time Paralegal, I also studied for my master’s in law on a part-time basis at the University of Law in Birmingham. I started my Training Contract in September 2023 alongside the Legal Practice Course and hope to qualify as a Solicitor in September 2024 within the Family Team.

The reason I applied to work at FBC Manby Bowdler initially was because I always wanted to work, and qualify, at a reputable law firm within the West Midlands. Upon further research of firms within my local area, I found that FBC Manby Bowdler stood out due to the variety of offices across Shropshire and the West Midlands with a great emphasis on Stellar Service for clients. In addition, it was evident to me that FBC Manby Bowdler looked after their employees with great opportunities to train and develop at the firm. I am really glad I have had the opportunity to move around the offices and departments. Starting as a Corporate Paralegal in Shrewsbury through to becoming a Trainee Solicitor in Wolverhampton, I am grateful for the opportunities I have had so far during my Training Contract at FBC Manby Bowdler!

I am currently in Seat 3 of my Training Contract in the Family Department in Wolverhampton. I am a ‘people person’ and really enjoy assisting fee earners on a variety of Divorce, Financial and Children matters. My responsibilities range from sitting in on client meetings and conferences with Counsel to drafting Court applications and even attending Court hearings. Recently, I attended a 3-day Final Hearing in Liverpool – which was really interesting! I am thoroughly enjoying undertaking my Training Contract at FBC Manby Bowdler and I would highly recommend the firm to anyone who is currently applying for Training Contracts or Apprenticeships!

Millie Grundy

Trainee Solicitor 

"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

Qualified as a Solicitor 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

Qualified as a Solicitor in September 2022.