Trainee FAQs

We know there are lots of thoughts going on in the mind of a potential trainee and the requirements of different law firms vary. We’ve therefore compiled a list of the questions we are most often asked, so that you don’t have to ask them first.

What is the average trainee intake size?

IBB chooses to recruit three trainees per year. This enables all our trainees to get fantastic exposure and experience, whilst benefiting from hands on support and professional guidance.

As one of six trainee solicitors at the firm you can expect a personalised approach to your training and development allowing you to develop your own professional identity and distinguish yourself as an individual away from an impersonal large cohort.

What are your minimum criteria?

IBB require a 2:1 at degree level. Applications from those with degrees in disciplines other than Law will be considered but the GDL must be achieved prior to commencement of the Period of Recognised Training (PORT).

If you do not have a 2:1 but can demonstrate mitigating circumstance when requested your application will be considered.

What is the starting salary?

Trainee solicitors join the firm on £27,000 per annum with their salary increasing to £28,000 per annum on the commencement of the second year of training in recognition of their development and the growth in experience and contribution.

Our salaries are reviewed annually in November.

Do you have a work experience or vacation scheme?

Currently the firm do not offer work experience or vacation schemes. However, prospective trainees are encouraged to apply for Legal Administrator and Paralegal opportunities at the firm to gain a unique insight into what working for a leading progressive Thames Valley Law firm is like.

Who is the firm’s Training Principal?

Marc Jones has been the firm’s Training Principal since 2019. Marc is an employment partner in the firm’s Commercial Services Group.

Does the firm provide sponsorship?

IBB doesn’t currently contribute towards the cost of the GDL or LPC. As the firm doesn’t provide financial assistance towards the GDL or LPC there is no preference of course provider or electives completed at LPC. However, it is advisable and will be to your benefit to complete electives in areas of law which IBB specialised in, if upon joining the firm you are able to undertake a seat in this practice area.

What are the application stages?

Stage one:      Submission of a covering letter and CV. Your covering letter must address the four questions contained within the job description

Stage two:       Telephone interviews

Stage three:    Critical reasoning testing

Stage four:      Assessment day

When will I know the outcome of my application?

IBB will accept covering letters and CVs from March until 01 May 2020. Telephone interviews will take place in May with the assessment day scheduled for June.

Can I get feedback on my application?

Unfortunately, due to the large volume of applications we are unable to give individual feedback if you are unsuccessful at the initial application stages of recruitment.

You will receive feedback if you attend but are unsuccessful at the firm’s assessment day.

What will the assessment day entail?

The day will commence with a welcome breakfast and presentation from the Training Principal and participating assessors.

You will be required to participate in a variety of independent and group activities. During the day you will also have a one-to-one interview which will enable the assessors to learn more about you and provide you with an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about training at the firm.

Those invited to the assessment day will receive an email detailing all timings and requirements in good time ahead of the day.

What if I am invited to the assessment day but am unable to attend?

Only one assessment day will be held annually. In the event you are not able to attend on the date selected by the firm your application will be treated as withdrawn.

Can I reapply again if I am unsuccessful?

If you are unsuccessful at application stage, you are welcome to apply again in a different recruitment cycle.


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