Get the inside buzz from graduates at Ashfords LLP

8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly, high quality work, good client contact."
9.0 / 10
Formal Training
7.8 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.6 / 10
8.8 / 10
7.0 / 10
7.1 / 10
Pro Bono
4.4 / 10


  • Colleagues are friendly, intelligent and happy to help others to develop.
  • Trainees are given good levels of responsibility from the outset.
  • Offices are open-plan, meaning trainees get the opportunity to sit alongside (and learn from) partners and senior lawyers.
  • Trainees have contact with clients on a regular basis.


  • Trainee salaries are not particularly high when compared to other firms nationally.
  • Communication around seat changes could be clearer with more notice given.
  • There is not a lot of pro bono work organised by the firm.
  • The level of feedback and informal training can vary between departments.

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"There is ample opportunity to attend events and a brilliant staff bonus scheme."

"There was an assessment centre including a written exercise, team exercise, presentation..."

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"We have our own beehives and bat boxes!"

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"I have not undertaken any pro bono work while at the firm and would like to see more..."

"The personal attitude taken to staff development (in particular at a junior level)..."

"There is still some confusion over the direction that the firm is taking, I believe...."

"I liked its culture and the quality of work given to trainees."

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"Hard-working but friendly."

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