Get the inside buzz from graduates at Ashfords LLP

8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"An extremely friendly and supportive firm."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • Hours can be fairly long when workloads are high.
  • Trainee salaries are not particularly high when compared to other firms nationally, but there are bonuses available.
  • Communication around seat changes could be clearer with more notice given.
  • It can be difficult to receive feedback in some departments.
Culture
8.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.4 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.0 / 10
 
Hours
8.7 / 10
 
Salary
6.2 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.2 / 10
 
Pro Bono
4.4 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Apply for the vac scheme; it's a week long, with time spent in two departments. There..."

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

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

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

"We have a great cafe, and a gym. Dress code is more relaxed than some firms but does..."

"I usually work 9:00am-6:00pm. Trainees may have to work later depending on court..."

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

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

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

"It was a competency-based interview but kept quite informal and chatty which was..."

"The firm has a good recycling policy and bins under desks have recently been removed..."

"The staff at Ashfords is quite diverse with an increasing number of women becoming..."

"Trainees are given plenty of opportunities for client contact. That varies with every..."

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

"You are given responsibility from the outset, good client contact, broad spectrum..."

"The pay when compared to other similar size firms in the area."

"I was already employed by the firm as a paralegal and knew I wanted to remain here...."

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

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

"Friendly and ambitious."

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

"Dealing with seat moves was never smooth however a new system has now been introduced..."

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