Perks

2017

"I received free tickets to watch Exeter FC play Yeovil in the local Derby match a few weeks ago, which was great. There are lots of opportunities for this sort of thing at Ashfords. There are also free lunches from time to time and I think the pension scheme is really good. One of the best perks is our medical scheme that allows you to claim back for opticians, dentists and doctors etc up to £100 each."
First year trainee, Exeter/Tiverton
"There is a workplace pension, a free gym in the Exeter office and a discounted gym membership elsewhere as well as discounted or free legal services."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"The amount paid into the pension is really good for the level I am at, which has also encouraged me to put a fair chunk of my monthly salary into the pension pot. The onsite cafe is good and provides a range of lunch options."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The medicash system means that we can claim back on things such as dental appointments and reflexology etc."
Newly qualified solicitor, Taunton, Somerset
"You get an additional day of holiday for your birthday and Christmas."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"The annual summer party and the free gym are great."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The benefits package has been under review this year and has improved significantly. It includes increased holiday, the option to buy additional holiday days, a cycle scheme and medicash insurance etc. There is an annual staff party that's free to attend and there are plenty of opportunities to be involved in the firm's charity and business development events throughout the year."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm puts out free drinks and snacks in the kitchen after work on Fridays for people to catch up and unwind. It's a nice touch."
First year trainee, Bristol
"There's an annual bonus and an 8% discount at my gym."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"We have a gym in the Exeter office and get travel expenses for inter-office travel. There's also a 5% pension contribution and a big staff party once a year, which is usually great fun!"
First year trainee, Taunton

2016

"You get a day off on your birthday!"
First year trainee, Exeter
"The firm offers a workplace pension and there is also a "Perks" scheme where you can get discount at a range of highstreet stores. There is a gym in the Exeter office, but I feel that the firm could offer more perks, such as discounted gym membership in other offices."
Second year trainee, London
"Drinks and nibbles in the office kitchen at 5.00 pm every Thursday, taxis and dinner paid for if working particularly late, each department gets an activity day out each year."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The bonus scheme is a useful perk, as is the massive office summer party. A day off for your birthday is also very welcome!"
First year trainee, Exeter
"Free or discounted wills and residential conveyancing services."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"Great number of holiday days. Discount on a Taste Card. Perks benefit membership."
First year trainee, Taunton - Somerset
"You get a day off for your birthday and an extra day at Christmas. There's also a good pension scheme."
First year trainee, Taunton
"The free gym on site in the Exeter office. You pay £5.00 for the induction and then you can go as much as you please."
First year trainee, Exeter

2015

"Trainees often get the chance to attend some great events (from black tie dinners to zorb football), and those in the Exeter employment department get a brownie from the firm's canteen (to me, they are the best in the world) every Friday."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"There are networking cycle rides which trainees can attend. There are also corporate hospitality packages at Exeter Chiefs and Exeter City Football Club."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The firm offers various perks and money savings schemes. The pension is good and there is a gym in the office. Free taxis and pizza are offered if you have to work late!"
First year trainee, Exeter
"There is ample opportunity to attend events and a brilliant staff bonus scheme."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Perks include the holiday purchase scheme, the annual summer party and weekly office drinks."
First year trainee, Bristol
"You get a complimentary day of holiday on your birthday and at Christmas. Ashfords pays for membership of the Junior Lawyers' Division and various business events across the city. The bonus scheme is also a perk, as is the generosity of certain partners when it comes to departmental meals out, as is the summer party."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"The firm has a ping pong table and league, and there is an in-house gym in Exeter. The holiday purchase scheme is also a perk, you can get up to three days per holiday year."
First year trainee, Exeter

2014

"One of our perks is being able to buy extra days of holiday rather than having to negotiate to take unpaid leave and having your birthday or the next business day off."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The best perks are getting a day off for your birthday and the café brownies."
First year trainee, Exeter
"We get free tickets to social events in which Ashfords are involved. Devon & Somerset Junior Lawyers' Division membership. Free gym."
First year trainee, Exeter and Plymouth
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