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Training Contract - Summer Scheme

Summer Schemes

We’re looking for exceptional candidates who will be an asset to our firm, but we also know that we need to impress the best candidates. To see if we’re right for each other, you can attend our Summer Scheme, which provides an honest insight into working at Ashfords.

On the Summer Scheme you will spend a week at our Exeter office working in two departments, getting to grips with some challenging yet rewarding tasks. You’ll also spend time with our current trainees, getting first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to be on the trainee programme.

For those applicants who attend the Summer Scheme, the Assessment Centre takes place on the final day.

The firm

Ashfords is recognised nationally as a leading provider of legal and related professional services. We deliver commercially focused advice to our clients across a range of industries and sectors throughout the UK and abroad. Our aim is straightforward - to help our clients get the results that they want. 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 voted a Guardian UK 300 employer by students and graduates in the UK for the third year running.

Types of work

Our three divisions - corporate & commercial, real estate and infrastructure, and private client - cover a wide range of practice areas, including corporate, commercial property, dispute resolution, projects, employment, intellectual property, trusts and estates, residential property and equity release. We advise clients across a number of industries with a focus on technology, energy & waste, retail and the public sector. We service clients internationally through our ADVOC network of independent law firms, and work on a number of cross border transactions.

Who should apply

We are looking for applicants that demonstrate our own values of teamwork, quality client service and innovation with a forward thinking commercial focus. You will need to be an excellent communicator with the ability to adapt to and embrace the challenges a career in law can throw at you. We want our trainees to be driven, engaged and motivated, so that our clients will benefit from a fresh and expert approach. If you would relish this opportunity to get hands-on experience and make a real contribution to the future of our firm we look forward to receiving your application.

Training programme

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 or a South West based training contract. Our South West trainees have the opportunity to work across our Exeter, Taunton and Plymouth offices. We also offer flexibility to trainees to complete a seat in our London office if the opportunity arises. To make sure that everything is on-track you will meet with your supervisor during each seat to review your 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.

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.

As a trainee you will be part of our trainee development programme which will include structured courses (including the PSC) delivered by leading consultants as well advocacy training, law firm finances, tenders and time management.

Benefits

Pension scheme (5% employer contribution), life assurance, holiday purchase scheme, childcare voucher scheme, access to corporate rates and discounts, subsidised gym, free legal services.

Sponsorship

Ashfords will provide sponsorship for the LPC at any University of Law centre.

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