Get the inside buzz from graduates at Ashfords LLP

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 15 ratings in 2017)
"A leading law firm with great opportunities"
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...

"There is a paper application (the usual CV plus competency-based questions). There..."

"Due to the open-plan office, there is little hierarchy when it comes to work during..."

"Training is generally good, but there is a lot crammed into a few days so would be..."

"The solicitors and partners are extremely accessible. However, there are inconsistencies..."

"All offices have undergone a revamp in the last 12 months (the Exeter client area..."

"On a typical day I arrive at 8:30am and leave between 6:00 and 6:30pm. Of course,..."

"Pay seems to be competitive for the area, although the firm does vary pay depending..."

"I received free tickets to watch Exeter FC play Yeovil in the local Derby match a..."

"The process consisted of an application form, a telephone interview, an assessment..."

"The interview is mostly competency based so think of answers that are anything to..."

"We have an active green initiatives committee that has put a lot of effort into trying..."

"The firm is not the most diverse at the higher levels but the junior levels of the..."

"Client interaction depends on the seat you are in. Although I am in projects at the..."

"I haven't seen much evidence of pro bono work, but the firm's commitment to charity..."

"The people are a plus."

"Location outside of city centre. Less sociable as on a business park."

"The vacation scheme was a great opportunity to meet people at the firm and I could..."

"Retention rates are strong at the firm, but there is some concern that a seat may..."

"A lot of people love cycling... A lot."

"An extremely friendly and supportive firm."

"I would say Ashfords is less bothered about an applicant's background than what that..."

"More information on what we will earn as we progress through the ranks."

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