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8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"A friendly firm with high quality work."
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...

"There is an initial application followed by an assessment centre. Get some good work..."

"It would be impossible to avoid any kind of hierarchical environment in a law firm,..."

"The firm has set up an "Academy" for both trainees and ongoing training for all staff..."

"Some are more accessible than others but generally, if caught at the right time,..."

"Just had a refurb which has vastly improved the office space, although if expansion..."

"I have had a good work/life balance throughout my training contract. Where I have..."

"Pay is quite decent for the region I am in and the firm offers a number of bonuses...."

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

"The process consisted of an application form, a telephone interview, an assessment..."

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

"The firms CSR group does have green initiatives, eg office plants and a cycle to..."

"My department contains many women, all of which balance childcare and work. Ashfords..."

"I regularly attend client meetings including pre-action protocol meetings and deal..."

"Ashfords does not have a dedicated pro bono department but is involved in a number..."

"The work you are exposed to at Ashfords is varied and this enables you to develop..."

"There is some lack of support when doing a seat that splits across two departments,..."

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

"Generally there is a reasonable chance of being retained - the issue is whether there..."

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"A good mixture of a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with lots of driven ambitious..."

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

"More holiday entitlement and also more choice on seats in certain offices."

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