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8.8 / 10

(based on 24 ratings in 2016)

2016

"The culture and ethos is incredibly friendly. Everyone, from trainees to partners, is very approachable and there are a lot of opportunities to socialise with and get to know people."
First year trainee, London
"Friendly and collegiate working environment. Open door policy in theory, but many associates and partners can be too busy to answer questions from trainees. Good trainee interaction with lots of socialising during lunch and after work or even on weekends. Clear cooperation between colleagues on various tasks, which creates a great team atmosphere."
First year trainee, London
"No hierarchical atmosphere. I feel able to talk to everyone no matter what position. Great camaraderie in the office. Colleagues have become good friends."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone takes part in social activities, which are often run by trainees. There is a good atmosphere in the office, everyone works as a team as opposed to in competition with each other. People are very willing to explain things or go back and make clear why a particular point was raised."
First year trainee, London
"The departments I have sat in have been sociable and make an effort to involve the trainees. Drinks trolleys are common on Fridays and one department I sat in has monthly breakfasts together. All my supervisors have been supportive and approachable. The structure and hierarchy tends to vary by department. In some departments there is a strict trainee – associate – partner line of command, but in the majority of departments you could be reporting directly to a fee earner of any level."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has a hierarchy, but there is a lot of interaction between the levels both in the workplace and at firm social events. Teams of lawyers with the relevant expertise are pulled together for different projects, and as a trainee I have always felt involved. Colleagues will take time to explain a task and give trainees responsibility for specific parts of it. Socialising is encouraged and the trainee intake is very sociable."
First year trainee, London
"In my experience, everyone is friendly and goes out of their way to help."
First year trainee, London

2015

"Ashurst has a great culture; there are lots of team drinks and departments have budgets to organise events (breakfasts, lunches, Christmas parties, etc). There is a great culture between the trainees who are very close in a small intake."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a hierarchy within teams, but everyone is approachable and willing to help out. The office is made up of collaborative and supportive teams, and there is regular socialising."
First year trainee, London
"Ashurst is a very social firm. There are often departmental social events which see lawyers of varying experience mixing together. The trainees are also very social and often socialise out of office hours. There is a large focus on teamwork which makes the firm a very enjoyable place to work."
First year trainee, London
"Overall the culture is supportive, collegiate and hard-working but friendly."
First year trainee, London
"My department only has semi-regular team socials, but these are well-organised and people are highly encouraged (and keen) to go. People always say hello in the kitchen and regularly chat. Everyone brings in free cakes and sweets from travels/for birthdays too."
First year trainee, London
"Most people are approachable and there is an 'open-door' policy, which only encourages this."
First year trainee, London
"There is a friendly environment, and you are not expected to stay late if you have finished your work, or if it is not urgent. There is no hierarchy as such. You can literally walk into a partner's office to have a chat; I have done so a couple of times. In fact, it was even reciprocated."
First year trainee, London
"Although in theory there is a hierarchy, people are very approachable in the office. There is a clear career structure, and cooperation and teamwork are both encouraged and easy. The firm is very sociable, and there are plenty of opportunities and plenty of ways to socialise with people."
First year trainee, London
"Although each team will obviously be different, my experience is that the firm is not very hierarchical and the senior fee earners are all very approachable. Teamwork is good and social events are organised frequently."
Second year trainee, London
"Everyone is really supportive, taking time to explain things and ensure that you understand. Ashurst has a very sociable atmosphere and there is very much a team attitude."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Ashurst is traditionally a very sociable firm and this seems to continue to be the case."
Second year trainee, London
"Most people at the firm are very welcoming and happy to answer questions and give support. There are lots of opportunities to socialise both with other trainees and the rest of the department."
First year trainee, London
"Very sociable and out-of-hours activities (e.g. the football team, netball team, pro bono work, choir) are all positively encouraged. Everyone is very down to earth, and you often forget you're talking to a partner or a senior associate. Team ethos amongst trainees is incredibly strong."
Second year trainee, London
"Ashurst has excellent levels of cooperation and teamwork and an 'open-door' policy. I always feel able to speak to associates/partners if I have a query. Good atmosphere of camaraderie between trainees and no rivalry."
First year trainee, London
"The lack of hierarchy is one of the best things about Ashurst. Partners are never too busy to talk to you or take the time to explain things. Although most of the trainees know each other quite well after having completed the LPC together, you get to know the trainees from other intakes and sitting in your department quite well and quite quickly. In each department I have sat in, I have noticed the camaraderie amongst trainees which is great. There are no underhand tactics or competition between trainees - everyone is always happy to each other out."
Second year trainee, London
"I don't think the culture within the office could be bettered (although again this is slightly department dependent - I can't speak for all of them). Good cooperation and teamwork, very open and friendly atmosphere and no intimidating hierarchy. And we remain a sociable collection of people, but over recent years the firm emphasis has shifted, maybe somewhat reflecting the rest of the city - whilst we still relish our socials, we don't seem to have as many messy ones as we used to. The trainees still socialise, but in smaller groups."
Second year trainee, London
"In most cases there is very much an 'open-door' policy, with people happy to answer questions and offer help where needed. The compulsory Ashurst LPC means that trainee intakes know each other before they join so there is a great social atmosphere."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Generally people are very sociable and try to organise social events. The firm puts on a few things too and they're also revamping the extra-curricular side of work."
Second year trainee, London
"Having sat in two transactional seats, I feel that the working hours tend to be very busy or not at all. However, there isn't a 'face-time' culture and my supervisors have told me to leave early when you can as there will be times when you will be expected to work hard. Trainee social life is pretty good, most use the canteen for lunch and it is a bit of a hub for trainees, most trainees also go for a few drinks on a Friday after work, (usually following a departmental drinks trolley)."
First year trainee, London
"Some departments are more hierarchical than others, but generally the culture is excellent. Socialising and teamwork amongst trainees is particularly good."
First year trainee, London
"No hierarchy, fantastic group of trainees and every one is very keen to get out of the office and socialise."
Second year trainee, Madrid
"There is an 'open-door' policy, support is always available if needed - I am yet to come across a fee earner who will not make time to go through something with me, on the whole people are very friendly and willing to get to know you, great trainee support network. After-hours - regular well attended trainee and departmental social events."
Second year trainee, London
"One of the best things about Ashurst is that it is very sociable both in the office and after hours, amongst trainees and lawyers. The majority of the work performed will be as part of as team, and the friendly culture means that working as part of a team is more enjoyable. Whilst there certainly is an element of hierarchy, trainees tend to be treated with respect by partners and senior associates alike."
Second year trainee, Dubai
"I've found the culture in the office differs between departments. The bigger teams are much more sociable, for example in corporate there's a drinks trolley every Friday. All the trainees now have to go to the College of Law in Moorgate to do the LPC, so it's a great way of making friends before you start work together. I regularly go for lunch and for drinks after work with other trainees."
First year trainee, London
"There is lots of teamwork, everyone is really friendly and the 'open-door' policy plays a huge part in that. There are lots of social activities and things to get involved with outside work from sports to learning Mandarin. Fine wine Fridays are always fun."
First year trainee, London
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