Ashfords is a national provider of legal, regulatory and professional services. With six offices including a significant presence in London – we provide services to businesses and individuals throughout the UK and abroad. We’re based predominantly in the South West, with our biggest office in the vibrant city of Exeter.
Insofar as our approach goes, we always place the highest emphasis on delivering great service, and we’re known for providing high quality, plain speaking legal advice. In fact, our culture is all about being down-to-earth and accessible – when dealing with each other and with our clients.
Our commitment to excellence is reflected by the quality of our staff and partners, our client testimonials and industry awards. We are also delighted to have been named as one of Legal Week’s Best Employers in both 2016 and 2017 and voted as a Guardian UK 300 employer by students and graduates for the sixth year running.
We advise clients across a number of industries with a focus on technology, energy & waste, retail and the public sector. We have strong international coverage, regularly working on complex cross-border projects, and we offer legal expertise in more than 100 jurisdictions through our membership of ADVOC, International Referral, and a range of other networks.
You will experience four areas of law during your training contract, spending six months getting to grips with each department. You have a choice of either a Bristol-based or a South West-based training contract. Our South West trainees have the opportunity to work across our Exeter, Taunton and Plymouth offices although we can offer flexibility for trainees to complete a seat in another office if the opportunity arises.
We know how important your career development is to you and we want to support you to develop your career at a pace that is right for you. We have structured development programmes at each career level across the firm giving you greater control of your career progression by providing you with the tools, expertise and support to identify and act upon areas of your career development. Our trainees play an integral role in business development and marketing, they are involved in a variety of events giving exposure to our diverse client base for networking.
Our reward package includes 23 days annual leave, plus an additional day for your birthday and at Christmas; a holiday purchase scheme; a pension; membership of The Junior Lawyers Division; a cycle scheme; childcare vouchers, free in-house gym at the Exeter office and national gym discounts. On qualification annual leave increases to 25 days leave and you will also receive permanent medical insurance and private health insurance.
We offer a full LPC bursary for all trainees, provided you have not yet started your course when you are offered your training contract, and you choose to study at the University of Law.
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