Get the inside buzz from graduates at Ashfords LLP

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 15 ratings in 2017)
"A friendly regional firm with big aspirations."
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...

"Applicants can either apply for a vacation scheme, which includes an assessment centre..."

"Ashfords has a very positive and friendly culture. All members of staff are approachable..."

"We attend the 'professional skills course' in our second seat. There is also a monthly..."

"Some are better than others but my current department is brilliant at giving feedback..."

"All the offices are very different - both in style, personnel and in terms of the..."

"I'm contracted to work 9:00am to 5:15pm but usually work from 8:30am to 6:00pm. There..."

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

"You get a complimentary day of holiday on your birthday and at Christmas. Ashfords..."

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

"There were the usual competency-based questions along with some questions about my..."

"There is a CSR committee that works on green initiatives along with other CSR related..."

"I can only comment on diversity in terms of age; in my intake the firm took on a..."

"This differs from department to department. Within the Bristol Employment team there..."

"Each year, the firm has a pro bono week for our charity of the year."

"Pluses include lots of client contact and the opportunity to run your own files with..."


"I worked here as a paralegal for two years prior to applying and really liked the..."

"I think there will be newly qualified positions for all the current trainees as the..."

"We sponsored a Shaun the Sheep as part of the Shaun in the City Trail in Bristol..."

"A professional, forward-thinking firm with a supportive environment."

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

"I think that supervisors should be required to sit down with their new trainees on..."

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