What We Offer


  • A supportive environment
  • Early responsibility
  • Opportunity to develop your commercial skills
  • Good client contact
  • Abundant learning opportunities and experiences
  • Exposure to varied, challenging and quality work
  • Excellent supervision
  • A clear developmental pathway

Period of Recognised Training (PORT)Trainees join in September for a comprehensive induction programme. This includes the opportunity to shadow the trainee currently in your first seat and meet all trainee supervisors and the managing partner. You will then start in your first trainee seat. IBB’s training seats consist of four seats of six months each, allowing the opportunity to gain varied experience.

The training seats offered by IBB are hands-on because they are dependent on operational requirements. This means that the seats vary from time to time, depending on the needs of each team. We usually recruit three trainees each year which means there is a choice of seats across our Real Estate and Private Client Groups

Popular seats include:

  • Commercial real estate
  • Real Estate dispute resolution
  • Construction and engineering
  • Wills, trusts and probate (private client)
  • Family and matrimonial (private client)

You will be given more responsibility as you progress and build up your skills within each seat and through your Period of Recognised training (PORT). The nature of each seat is different but you can expect a range of experiences from assisting on large, complex transactions, taking clients’ instructions, drafting documents and dealing with everything that comes in between.

What you do day to day will vary greatly, depending on your seat. You will be treated in the same way as a qualified solicitor in that you have targets to achieve and systems to learn and follow. You will be expected to join in and help run our client events, gain a thorough understanding of the law and practice of the seat you are in and to react quickly and responsively to clients. You will be involved with other activities across the firm, including the opportunity to learn how to build your profile and business development to ensure you have all the key skills to be successful.

Seat Rotations

Seat rotations occur every six months. Prior to seat allocations, trainees are given the opportunity to put forward their preferences. Seat preferences are considered taking into account the areas of law trainees have covered in their studies, career aspirations and SRA requirements such as specifications for contentious and non-contentious seats. We do our best to make sure second year trainees get their first or second choice, as by then you will usually have a clearer picture of the area in which you want to specialise when you qualify.


Each seat has a training supervisor, typically a partner or senior solicitor. Your training supervisor will be your main point of contact in your seat and will set you objectives from the outset and meet with you regularly to discuss your progress. The trainee supervisor is also responsible for carrying out formal reviews of your performance.

The training principal is responsible for overseeing the entire Trainee Process. Trainees are required to participate in quarterly trainee meetings which are also attended by the training supervisor and HR to discuss live topics relevant to the PORT and to trainees in general. Trainees will also meet with the training principal regularly to discuss their progress and career aspirations.

Learning and Development

As well as the induction, trainees undertake the Professional Skills Course with the University of Law during their PORT. Trainees also participate in attending technical seminars run for their group as well as those that are arranged across groups.

Trainees also benefit from our membership of LawNet – a member owned organisation to support independent law firms across the country and run over 50 free programmes for learning for our members.

Please refer to our benefits page for further details.

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