7.2 / 10

(based on 13 ratings in 2016)


"Ashfords is not the most diverse firm. This is probably not due to the way that the firm recruits or its attitude to current staff members. It is difficult to pinpoint why there is a lack of diversity. At a junior level there are a significant number of female solicitors. This is not yet reflected at partner level but hopefully will be as we progress through the career process."
First year trainee, Bristol
"There are lots of women working their way into senior roles, and many fee earners with children work flexibly following maternity leave."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Good retention and promotion among women and ethnic minorities below partnership. Partnership and board and dominated by white men, but that may be reflective of those qualifying 15–20 years ago."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"The office is very female-heavy, although a large majority of the partners are male. I know of several staff members, both male and female, who work flexible hours due to childcare commitments."
First year trainee, Exeter


"Promotion among female members of staff is equal to that of male employees. There are a large number of female partners. There are not many ethnic minorities working for the firm at present, but I think that this is probably due to geographic reasons, with most offices located in South West England. The firm is very encouraging to staff with regards maternity and childcare."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Ashfords has a strong diversity policy in place which can be seen through its recruitment, with a good mix of men and women. Ashfords is very supportive of childcare and maternity leave, offering enhanced maternity pay."
Second year trainee, Exeter


"The staff at Ashfords is quite diverse with an increasing number of women becoming parters and senior members of staff. Diversity figures are regularly shown in the firm prospectus with a fair split across diversities both in terms of retention and promotion. There are more women in my year group of trainees than men but previous years have generally been roughly even."
First year trainee, Exeter
"My department contains many women, all of which balance childcare and work. Ashfords are very flexible with maternity and child care arrangements as far as I am aware."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"I can only comment on diversity in terms of age; in my intake the firm took on a number of career changers."
Second year trainee, Taunton
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