Offices & Dress

8.6 / 10

(based on 15 ratings in 2017)


"The Exeter office has a gymnasium and a cafe. The dress code is smart to suit the client but we do have dress down days occasionally."
Second year trainee, Taunton
"There are generally good facilities across offices. The offices vary in size, with Exeter being by far the biggest. The dress code is less formal in Bristol with most men not wearing ties unless for certain client meetings."
Newly qualified solicitor, Bristol
"Superb! Exeter is really spacious and modern with lots of good facilities including a well kitted-out gym. The Exeter office also has good supplies for food and drink with an excellent cafe at the top called Bon Gout (the brownies are to die for). The location of Exeter is right on the M5/A303 so it's great for anyone who doesn't live in Exeter city centre. The Tiverton office is really cute and is more like a really nice high street office! It's located in the middle of Tiverton so it's great for lunch time trips etc. As a trainee, it is really fun to have my own office. I have plants and a bird feeder on my window!"
First year trainee, Exeter/Tiverton
"The offices are modern and clean and were refurbished a year or so ago. The facilities at the Exeter office are very good and include a cafe and a gym. The dress code is relatively standard and office attire is expected between Monday to Thursday. Ties and blazers are only required if you are meeting a client and on Fridays you can come in wearing dress down clothes."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"The Exeter office is the largest and therefore has the best facilities like a cafe, a gym and a large car park. Plymouth shares an office with other professional firms and is a lot smaller but there is a good dynamic. The dress code is smart and professional but, if you're not meeting a client, men tend to not wear ties."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The Taunton office could do with a revamp so that it is in line with the style of the other offices. The dress code can be dependent on the office and department but Taunton has a fairly laid-back approach and Friday is often more casual."
Newly qualified solicitor, Taunton, Somerset
"The Exeter office is nice, modern and bright with windows all around the building. The dress code is fairly relaxed for a law firm, with smart wear being worn Monday to Thursday and business casual being worn on Fridays."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"The Bristol office is well located, just a few minutes' walk from the train station and the Cabot Circus. The Exeter office is a little more isolated, as it is out of town, but they have a gym and cafe facilities in the office, which makes up for that to some extent. The dress code is business dress with dress down on Fridays."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The offices are modern and light. The dress code is fairly informal (there's no requirement for ties for boys and heels for girls) with the obvious exceptions of when in court or meeting a client."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Parking facilities are great and the office locations are handy (near the M5 motorway). Fridays are business casual, which means the men can wear their chino trousers, brown shoes and salmon pink shirts."
First year trainee, Taunton


"I really like working in the Bristol office. The space is modern, light and clean and is located in the centre of Bristol. It is convenient for socialising after work. The dress code is fairly relaxed. Office attire is required Monday to Thursday (although suits and ties are only required if meeting clients or external third parties). Friday is a full dress down day for the Bristol office. Girls do not feel that they have to wear heels everyday and boys are not required to wear a tie everyday."
First year trainee, Bristol
"We have a great cafe, and a gym. Dress code is more relaxed than some firms but does vary between departments. Not everyone wears a full suit everyday. Casual business dress on Fridays."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The main office in Exeter is fairly big and modern. A refit has recently been undertaken in the client areas to make all the firms offices 'on brand'. There is ample parking for everyone which is a bonus. The dress code is general office attire, although it is more relaxed than some firms in regards to colour etc."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The London office is modern and open plan. It is great to be able to interact with colleagues in an open environment."
Second year trainee, London
"Location is good. We're in the centre of Bristol a few minutes from Cabot Circus. Facilities are all satisfactory. Free tea and coffee in the kitchen area and staff are free to store cereal/lunches etc in the cupboards and fridges. Dress code is smart but ties and blazers are not required for men unless meeting a client. Friday is a smart casual dress down day."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The offices have recently had internal work done to them and as a result all look very smart. The Exeter office has a canteen and a gym, which are both invaluable!"
First year trainee, Exeter
"Ashords has recently renovated its offices to have a uniform style. I have worked in the Exeter and Plymouth offices, where the facilities are as expected for a leading law firm. The Exeter office has an on site gym. The dress code is normal, but men do not need to wear ties outside of client meetings/contact. Friday is business casual day (ie shirt and smart trousers)."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"Open plan and modern with refurbishments taking place recently at a lot of the offices. Dress code varies between departments but mostly not overly formal and we have a dress-down Friday every week so you can come in a little more casual if you like."
First year trainee, Taunton - Somerset


"All the offices are different. Exeter is modern and has all the space and facilities you could need. The dress code is smart office wear although we do have business casual Fridays."
First year trainee, Exeter
"All offices have undergone a revamp in the last 12 months (the Exeter client area is currently undergoing one). The Exeter office has a gym and changing room which suits me, a cyclist. The dress code to an extent is dictated by the partners in the team. I wear suit trousers, and a formal shirt but no tie. I have a tie and jacket to hand for client meetings."
First year trainee, Exeter
"All of the firm's offices are good. Speaking about Bristol only, the office has recently been refurbished and the client areas are particularly smart. Although the facilities for cyclists could be improved, as there is just one shower, the location, just on the edge of Cabot Circus and within a ten minute walk of Temple Meads is perfect."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The dress code is as you would expect for an office although Fridays are business casual. Most staff just keep a jacket and tie to hand for client meetings rather than wearing them all day. Offices are very spacious and open-plan, and are located very well in their respective cities for transport links. The Exeter office sports its own gym and cafe."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"Our London, Bristol and Plymouth offices have all recently had a refurbishment. The Exeter office is currently undergoing one. The firm tends to favour a smart-casual approach for dress, however some departments are stricter on this approach (usually depending on the type of clients they meet) than others."
Second year trainee, Exeter


"All the offices are very different - both in style, personnel and in terms of the actual buildings."
Second year trainee, Taunton
"The offices are all open-plan and are currently going through an extensive IT upgrade. Two of our offices have also gone through recent refurbishment incorporating the Ashfords brand colours. The offices are well located with the head office just by the motorway in Exeter - meaning great links to the other offices and the surrounding area. The dress code is standard business dress with Fridays generally being more casual business dress."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Our London and Bristol offices are fantastic, in the centre of both cities. Whilst the Exeter and Taunton offices are purpose built and modern, they are both out of town."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"I work in a friendly, open-plan environment with a café and a gym. The only downside is that it is outside of town. The dress code is smart but this is not strictly enforced unless you are meeting a client."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Just had a refurb which has vastly improved the office space, although if expansion goes ahead as planned we may outgrow the space in a couple of years. The dress code is smart but relaxed."
Second year trainee, Plymouth
"All the offices are well fitted out with good facilities. Dress code: suit (optional tie unless meeting clients), casual business Friday every week (trousers, shirt)."
First year trainee, Exeter and Plymouth
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