Get the inside buzz from graduates at Ashfords LLP

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 15 ratings in 2017)
"Ambitious, supportive and happy."
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's a pretty standard assessment process consisting of a long-form application..."

"The culture is generally very relaxed but with a hard working ethos. There is a good..."

"The firm does a lot of training for trainees including advocacy etc."

"This is extremely varied between departments. If you are fortunate to work for a..."

"The Exeter office has a gymnasium and a cafe. The dress code is smart to suit the..."

"I think the work/life balance here is great. I'm not a morning person so I generally..."

"Recent pay increase brings it more into line with local market."

"One of our perks is being able to buy extra days of holiday rather than having to..."

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

"I will not be specific, however they ask candidates to give examples of where they..."

"The firm has a dedicated green group with the aim of reducing the firms carbon footprint..."

"The office is very female-heavy, although a large majority of the partners are male...."

"The training contract has been very challenging but in a good way. Twelve months..."

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

"The level of training, the quality of work and the work/life balance."

"Limited choice on seat moves in certain offices."

"The fact that offered a wide variety of practice areas, had an impressive reputation..."

"The firm's retention rates are generally good."

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

"A commercially-focused firm with charitable initiatives and green credentials."

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

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

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