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Get the inside buzz from graduates at Ashfords LLP

8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2018)
"Friendly, innovative, supportive and growing."
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...

"There was an application form, an assessment day and a partner interview. The firm..."

"The firm is a very friendly place to work, and as it is open-plan, allows interaction..."

"The firm runs mandatory training sessions for trainees each month, which are useful..."

"While we have a trainee mentor scheme, the implementation could be improved. However,..."

"Location is good. We're in the centre of Bristol a few minutes from Cabot Circus...."

"Generally I work 8:00am-6:00pm. I have had one particularly busy seat with much longer..."

"I would say that trainees and paralegals are paid below average, but the jump in..."

"We get free tickets to social events in which Ashfords are involved. Devon & Somerset..."

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

"I was asked about the legal market in general and asked to provide examples of times..."

"The Bristol office are particularly committed to this, in my opinion, having recently..."

"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..."

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

"Friendly staff, office locations and work/life balance."

"The lack of transparency about pay. It would be nice to have a rough idea (as a trainee)..."

"I wanted to work in a regional firm that could give me high-quality training and..."

"Retention rates are excellent now, and have seen great improvement on what they used..."

"When new staff transfer from other local firms, they always comment on how open and..."

"Friendly, encouraging, sociable and ambitious."

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

"More social events between trainees as a group and across all offices. Trainees are..."

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