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Why your firm?

2016

"The friendly atmosphere and the down-to-earth nature of the Partners. This is not a firm for those interested in theoretical discussions or very high level academic style work. Ashfords is committed to providing practical advice to clients in a way that they can understand. An ability to relate to people on all levels is key in being successful in obtaining this training contract, as trainees are encouraged to have lots of contact with clients from day one."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Location, size of firm and type of work. Particularly its strong reputation within a variety of real estate areas."
First year trainee, Exeter
"I am from the South West and have a strong desire to stay here. Nonetheless, I didn't want to make any sacrifices as to the quality of the work I would be receiving – Ashfords seemed to have the right balance."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The vacation scheme was a great opportunity to meet people at the firm and I could see myself working here. I liked the culture and the people and I felt that I was given great exposure to what real day-to-day life as a solicitor would entail."
Second year trainee, London
"Full service, office in Bristol, reputation as being open and friendly firm."
First year trainee, Bristol
"Ashfords are a leading firm in the South West. The people, working environment, quality of work and firm culture are second to none."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"The fact that it is a general practice firm and therefore there was an opportunity to choose seats from a wide variety of areas of law. However, the firm has become much more commercial since I applied and private client seats are very rare."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"I was already employed by the firm as a paralegal and knew I wanted to remain here. Location was also a big factor for me."
First year trainee, Taunton - Somerset
"I worked here as a paralegal for two years prior to applying and really liked the people, the areas of law the firm specialises in and the firm ethos."
First year trainee, Taunton
"The variety of work, the locations, and the open plan offices."
First year trainee, Exeter

2015

"I applied mainly because of the firm's reputation in the South West - I wanted to stay in the area and Ashfords is one of the key players in the region. During the application and interview process I found the firm to be very encouraging, which I felt was a good indicator of the support that they would provide to their trainees during the training contract, and formed the basis of my decision to accept the training contract offer."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"The firm's strong reputation both in the South West and nationally encouraged me to apply here, as did the firm's expertise in renewable energy sector work."
First year trainee, Exeter
"I applied to the firm because of the range of potential seats available, and the charitable and other initiatives run by the firm that staff can get involved in."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"Having grown up in the South West and studied at Bristol University, I was always aware of Ashfords' high professional reputation. I thoroughly enjoyed my vacation scheme with the firm, and was impressed with the proficiency and enthusiasm of everyone that I worked with during the week. Ashfords, for me, represented an ideal choice of law firm, offering diverse practice areas and a prestigious reputation, in an area of the UK that in my view is unparalleled."
Second year trainee, Exeter
"The fact that offered a wide variety of practice areas, had an impressive reputation and had a link to London, that has now grown, all encouraged me to apply here."
First year trainee, Exeter
"The firm is excellent, and has a good reputation offering a broad spectrum of legal services based in the South West."
Second year trainee, Exeter

2014

"The range of departments and seats available was the main factor in choosing Ashfords, but the fact it is a firm very much looking to grow was encouraging and suggested they are more invested in bringing their trainees up into permanent members of staff."
First year trainee, Exeter
"Being from the South West, I had always been aware of Ashfords as a top regional and national law firm. The vacation scheme confirmed Ashfords as my top choice for a training contract as I found the work motivating and the people easy to get on with."
First year trainee, Exeter
"I chose Ashfords for the location and the opportunity to train across a broad range of disciplines."
Second year trainee, Plymouth
"I chose the firm for its location and the fact that it is big enough for both variety and specialisation, but small enough for responsibility."
Second year trainee, Taunton
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