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Ashfords LLP

Insider reviews

Get the inside view from graduates at Ashfords LLP

7.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 8 ratings in 2019)
"Open, friendly, competitive and ambitious."
8.2 / 10
Formal Training
7.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.9 / 10
8.1 / 10
7.0 / 10
7.0 / 10
Pro Bono
4.9 / 10


  • Colleagues are friendly, intelligent and happy to help others to develop.
  • Trainees are given good levels of responsibility from the outset.
  • Offices are open-plan, meaning trainees get the opportunity to sit alongside (and learn from) partners and senior lawyers.
  • Trainees have contact with clients on a regular basis.


  • Seat options can be limited in some offices.
  • Communication around seat changes could be clearer with more notice given.
  • There is not a lot of pro bono work organised by the firm.
  • The level of feedback and informal training can vary between departments.

What insiders say about...

"An online application form followed by an assessment centre. The assessment centre..."

"Due to the open-plan office, there is little hierarchy when it comes to work during..."

"We have had internal presentation training and advocacy training. These were both..."

"Some are more accessible than others but generally, if caught at the right time,..."

"All of the firm's offices are good. Speaking about Bristol only, the office has recently..."

"I usually get to work for around 8.30 am and leave by 6.00 pm in my current seat,..."

"The salary is good compared to some South West firms. There are opportunities for..."

"Free or discounted wills and residential conveyancing services."

"I completed a week-long vacation scheme, which was followed by an assessment day..."

"Mainly competency based questions, with a couple centred on commercial awareness...."

"Ashfords has a good history of environmental awareness with the implementation of..."

"The firm has excellent maternity/paternity/parental leave arrangements and the focus..."

"Client interaction depends on the seat. My first seat I was handling my own files...."

"I understand that this type of work is up to the individual to organise."

"The welcoming atmosphere. You're made to feel involved in the firm from the start..."

"Lack of feedback or supervision in some departments."

"I didn't want to work for a firm where I was just one among a hundred faceless trainees...."

"I think the retention rates are really good at the firm. My understanding is that..."

"We have our own rock band called 'The Outlaws'."

"Open, friendly, competitive and ambitious."

"I would say Ashfords is less bothered about an applicant's background than what that..."

"More training focused on post qualification such as managing your own matters, dictations..."

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