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8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"A regional and national heavyweight that provides a challenging yet rewarding working environment for all its staff."
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 a paper application (the usual CV plus competency-based questions). There..."

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

"There is a dedicated training academy within the firm that is always running various..."

"From my experience, I have found that senior members of staff are always happy to..."

"The main office in Exeter is fairly big and modern. A refit has recently been undertaken..."

"There is the odd late night when there is a deadline to meet, but on the whole the..."

"The pay is in line with the salary for the South West. The bonus is a generous one..."

"Great number of holiday days. Discount on a Taste Card. Perks benefit membership..."

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

"My interview questions consisted of the usual mix of showing good teamwork abilities,..."

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

"Ashfords has a strong diversity policy in place which can be seen through its recruitment,..."

"As a trainee, I am given a large amount of responsibility but never feel out of my..."

"I have not done any pro bono work. I do not think it's a priority of Ashfords, but..."

"A plus is the full range of seat options available."

"I found that there was a lack of communication regarding seat moves and qualification..."

"I chose the firm for its location and the fact that it is big enough for both variety..."

"The retention rates are generally good, however there is always the concern that..."

"We have our own beehive."

"A regional and national heavyweight that provides a challenging yet rewarding working..."

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

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