Get the inside buzz from graduates at Ashfords LLP

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 15 ratings in 2017)
"Open, friendly, competitive and ambitious."
8.2 / 10
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.6 / 10
8.3 / 10
6.6 / 10
7.3 / 10
Pro Bono
5.3 / 10


  • Colleagues are friendly, intelligent and happy to help others 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.

What insiders say about...

"The process is an application followed by an assessment day which includes a written..."

"Lots of partners who get involved in all of the inter-office and external events...."

"There is a thorough trainee induction programme as well as monthly training sessions..."

"All of the supervisors I have encountered have been very accessible and happy to..."

"Location is good. We're in the centre of Bristol a few minutes from Cabot Circus...."

"The official working day is 9.00 am until 5.15 pm. There is no judgement if you leave..."

"I think that my salary is quite good for the South West, it rises in the second year..."

"There's an annual bonus and an 8% discount at my gym."

"I completed a week-long vacation scheme, which was followed by an assessment day..."

"I was given competency based questions showing teamwork, responsibility and difficult..."

"The firms CSR group does have green initiatives, eg office plants and a cycle to..."

"Ashfords is not the most diverse firm. This is probably not due to the way that the..."

"Work is hands-on, engaging, and the levels of responsibility are high. This can be..."

"I have personally not had any experience with bro bono work. I do not think it is..."

"The welcoming atmosphere. You're made to feel involved in the firm from the start..."

"Being in a satellite office means less contact with the other trainees. It would..."

"Full service, office in Bristol, reputation as being open and friendly firm."

"The firm is expanding which is very encouraging. All trainees qualifying this year..."

"The cafe at the Exeter office has THE best brownies in the world."

"Sociable, varied and innovative."

"The firm attends law fairs at a number of universities in various areas of the country..."

"Better training staggered through the training contract and better communication..."

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