Ashurst LLP

About us

With 25 offices in 15 countries and a number of referral relationships we offer the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. Our 400 partners and further 1,000 lawyers work across 10 different time zones, responding to our clients wherever and whenever they need us.

Our clients are at the heart of our thinking, our ambition is to be our clients' most incisive partner.  You will see we have a prestigious client base, with whom we build strong partnerships working closely together on large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions to deliver incisive and insightful commercial solutions. Our global reach provides opportunities for our people to work in numerous jurisdictions with leading international organisations across the world.

At Ashurst you will work as part of a team of high calibre individuals operating in a high performance environment.  We are creative, innovative, agile and incisive thinkers always looking for new and better ways of doing things.

You will enjoy an inclusive culture which genuinely values the breadth of individual perspectives and contributions that we gain from having a diverse workforce.  As part of a truly collaborative team working in partnership together with openness and respect across offices, geographies and specialisms, we support each other to achieve great things for our clients.  We take exactly the same approach with our people: we’re interested in understanding each other, finding new and better ways to bring out each individual's talents, and simply enjoying the interaction with other high-calibre, down-to-earth people. It’s a strong, shared culture that will enable you to apply your intellect, develop yourself and thrive as an international lawyer


A training contract at Ashurst will move your mind beyond technical knowledge of the law. Ultimately, we want to help you become a thought leader with a reputation for clear, perceptive and influential advice – a professional in whom governments and leading businesses the world over can place their trust.

This isn’t an easy route to take. You’ll need to become a shrewd negotiator, have an ability to read both balance sheets and behaviours, and become a commercial strategist with a deep understanding of specific industries.

Our training contract will start you on that road. We will plan closely with you four seats of six months each, that will broaden your world view and hone your talents. At least one seat will be in a finance practice and we will also encourage you to join an overseas office or go on secondment to one of our most valued clients.

Who we’re looking for

We expect a lot of ourselves – and so, as you would expect, you will need to be comfortable with challenges and pressure. You should also be able to express yourself confidently on paper and out loud, whether that’s among your team or in a client’s boardroom.

Alongside all the hard work, we also have fun. We’re incredibly proud of our culture: we thrive when we’re collaborating; we care about our standards of client service; we’re willing to explore ideas and be accountable for their success; and as people, we’re good company. We will expect all of that from you, too.

These are the competencies we look for and that make our lawyers special.

Analytical ability

The work undertaken by commercial lawyers involves problem solving for our clients. You will be able to demonstrate that you can extract key points from complex information. You will also have the ability and confidence to think for yourself.

Motivation, determination and drive

This firm has a client focus and this means that our work for them and your career overall will demand a lot of your time and energy. You will need to be driven and resilient to succeed.

Commercial instinct

An interest in commercial and financial matters is key to understanding our clients’ business needs.

Team and interpersonal skills

You will join a supportive and team-based environment and so need to be able to demonstrate that you can play your part. Interpersonal skills are essential in building and maintaining relationships not only in the firm, but with our clients

Communication skills

Being able to communicate clearly, especially in writing, is an essential skill for lawyers.


The firm must adapt quickly to changes in the marketplace and to the needs of its clients and so a flexible attitude is key.

Sponsorship and benefits

Full fees paid for the GDL and LPC fees plus maintenance allowances of £8,000 per annum (£7,000 if you choose to study the GDL outside London). First class degree awards of £500 and language tuition bursaries. Benefits include, private medical cover, pension, life assurance, income protection, interest-free season ticket and technology loans, cycle to work scheme, in-house medical facilities, subsidised gym membership and staff restaurant and 25 days holiday per year during training.


We will be accepting applications to start in September 2020/ March 2021 from 1 October 2017. There will be two windows to apply for training contracts with the firm. These will be from 1 October 2017 to 7 January 2018 and then again from 1 May 2018 to 31 July 2018.

The two windows are to ensure you have an opportunity to apply at a time that best suits you.  The early window is for those candidates who feel ready to apply for a training contract straight away.  If you have applied for and are planning to undertake summer vacation scheme later in the year, you should wait until the summer to apply.  You can apply at either time if you are a penultimate year law student or beyond, or a finalist or graduate studying a non-law degree.

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