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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Ashfords LLP

8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"A friendly regional firm with big aspirations."
Culture
9.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.8 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.6 / 10
 
Hours
8.8 / 10
 
Salary
7.0 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.1 / 10
 
Pro Bono
4.4 / 10
 
 

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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...

"I had a four-day vacation scheme and, on the final day, I had my training contract..."

"The culture here is generally good and supportive but inevitably inter-office communication..."

"The majority of training is carried out within departments. The firm is very flexible..."

"Trainees regularly have reviews throughout their seat which provides a good opportunity..."

"Parking facilities are great and the office locations are handy (near the M5 motorway)...."

"The hours are very reasonable, I often leave before 6.00 pm. It would be great to..."

"Since I joined the firm our pay has increased and I have been really happy with this...."

"Drinks and nibbles in the office kitchen at 5.00 pm every Thursday, taxis and dinner..."

"I attended an assessment centre which included a written exercise, group negotiation,..."

"I was largely asked competency questions and why I thought Ashfords would be a good..."

"The firm has a green corporate social responsibility group who discuss and implement..."

"I think this is lacking. We need an LGBT group and perhaps a focus on how to make..."

"Trainees are afforded high levels of responsibility and client contact from the start...."

"I have not worked within any departments that would offer pro-bono work, although..."

"The people are a plus."

"The pay for trainees isn't great."

"I applied to the firm because of the range of potential seats available, and the..."

"The retention rates are good but litigation is very competitive so it depends on..."

"We have our own beehives and produce our very own honey to sell to raise money for..."

"Friendly, efficient, welcoming."

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

"More social events between trainees as a group and across all offices. Trainees are..."

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