Get the inside buzz from graduates at Ashfords LLP

8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"Forward-thinking and modern."
9.0 / 10
Formal Training
7.8 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.6 / 10
8.8 / 10
7.0 / 10
7.1 / 10
Pro Bono
4.4 / 10


  • 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.


  • 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...

"An online application form followed by an assessment centre. The assessment centre..."

"The firm is very driven and confident in their brand. Day-to-day life in the firm..."

"Internal department training sessions are incredibly useful, and the initial induction..."

"Trainees are assigned to a senior partner in each team to mentor and supervise them...."

"I have worked in a number of the firm's offices. Exeter is out of town and parking,..."

"Hours are extremely varied and depend on departments and client need. Some days it..."

"I think the salary is fair and competitive, given our distance from London. The bonus..."

"You get free conveyancing on house purchases (for you personally). You also get invited..."

"The Assessment Centre for the training contract was the friendliest I attended. The..."

"All competency based questions: give examples of when you have worked under pressure,..."

"A 'Green Group' has been set up to focus specifically on this area."

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

"I get given a lot of work from most of the members on the team I am in. This ranges..."

"Ashfords does not have a specific programme of pro bono work, but does regularly..."

"The relaxed and open environment, where you can approach anyone regardless of status..."

"Trainees are not given a great deal of notice as to what seats are available so communication..."

"The fact that it is a general practice firm and therefore there was an opportunity..."

"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..."

"A leading player in the South West, with growing influence in London."

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

"Consistency and training of mentors in leadership and management as well as development...."

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