Get the inside buzz from graduates at Ashfords LLP

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 15 ratings in 2017)
"Friendly and entrepreneurial."
Culture
8.2 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.0 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.6 / 10
 
Hours
8.3 / 10
 
Salary
6.6 / 10
 
 
Diversity
7.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
5.3 / 10
 
 

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

  • 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...

"Know your application - what did you write and why? Know the firm - research Ashfords..."

"The firm offices are all open-plan and juniors regularly work closely with senior..."

"We have had internal presentation training and advocacy training. These were both..."

"Senior solicitors are very accessible. There is also a good appraisal programme in..."

"The Exeter office is nice, modern and bright with windows all around the building...."

"I usually come to work by 8.15 am and leave around 6.00 pm but this can differ dramatically..."

"The bonus structure works well and the pay is average for the area."

"Perks include the holiday purchase scheme, the annual summer party and weekly office..."

"There was an assessment centre including a written exercise, team exercise, presentation..."

"The interview was a competency based interview where I was asked to explain examples..."

"The firm has a zero waste to landfill initiative and the CSR committee is currently..."

"I can only comment on diversity in terms of age; in my intake the firm took on a..."

"The work you are assigned is dependent on the department you are in. At the moment,..."

"Each year, the firm has a pro bono week for our charity of the year."

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

"The firm has a high turnover of junior staff."

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

"From my experience, the firm retains a high level of their trainees. I am confident..."

"All staff are encouraged to train as bee keepers to assist in looking after the Ashfords..."

"Sociable, varied and innovative."

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

"It would be an improvement if it was more clear which departments would have seats..."

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