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We are looking for applicants that demonstrate our own values of teamwork, quality client service and innovation with a forward thinking commercial focus. You will need to be an excellent communicator with the ability to adapt to and embrace the challenges that a career in law can throw at you. We want our trainees to be driven, engaged and motivated, so that our clients will benefit from a fresh and expert approach. If you would relish an opportunity to get hands-on experience and make a real contribution to the future of our firm we look forward to receiving your application.
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Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- HR-led interview
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
Ashfords is a national provider of legal, professional and regulatory services.
We work with many different kinds of clients – business owners, public sector, large corporates, private individuals and not for profit organisations – to help them make the most of their opportunities, whilst effectively managing risk.
We provide legal advice that is not just technically sound, but is rooted in a wider appreciation of the real world in which we all exist. A world that is constantly changing, frequently surprising and invariably hard to navigate.
Whilst we recognise that no two clients’ legal issues are the same, we aim always to provide straightforward, timely advice, delivered in clear and simple language.
Above all, we believe that every client should expect and receive value for time and value for money. Which means working with lawyers who make your life easier, share your values and are good to work with. Lawyers who deliver advice grounded in your world.
Our commitment to excellence is reflected by the quality of our staff and partners, our client testimonials and industry awards. We are also delighted to have been voted a Guardian UK 300 employer by students and graduates in the UK for the sixth year running.
Our three divisions – corporate and commercial, real estate and infrastructure, and private client – cover a wide range of practice areas, including corporate, real estate, dispute resolution, construction and infrastructure, employment, intellectual property, trusts and estates, residential property, family and equity release.
We advise clients across a number of industries with a focus on technology, energy and waste, retail and the public sector. We service clients internationally through our ADVOC network of independent law firms, and work on a number of cross border transactions.
It goes without saying that, as an exceptional law firm, we are looking for exceptional candidates who will be an asset to our firm. However, it is equally important that you have the opportunity to assess whether we are the right fit for you too. There is nothing better than practical experience for getting a feel for a firm's culture and values. So, we offer you the chance to attend our summer scheme, designed to give an honest insight into working with us. You will spend a week at either our Exeter or Bristol office, working in two departments, getting to grips with some challenging yet rewarding trainee work. You will also have the chance to spend time with our current trainees and get first-hand experience of life at Ashfords.
You will experience four areas of law during your training contract, spending six months getting to grips with each department. You have a choice of either a Bristol or a South West based training contract. Our South West trainees will have the opportunity to work across our Exeter, Taunton, Tiverton and Plymouth offices. To make sure that everything is on-track you will meet with your supervisor twice during each seat to review your development. The dedicated learning and development team will support you through your mandatory PSC training, as well as providing a variety of client focused courses through the Ashfords Academy, underpinning and complementing your on-the-job training. Our trainees play an integral role in business development and marketing, they are involved in a variety of events giving exposure to our diverse client base for networking.
We offer full sponsorship of the LPC at any University of Law centre for individuals that are yet to start.
- Commercial Litigation
- Intellectual property
- Technology & media
- Trusts & probate
- Commercial property
- Property litigation
- Projects & infrastructure
- Restructuring & insolvency
- Financial regulation
- Business risk & regulation
- Legal Aid
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
- General Practice
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Aviation lawyers provide commercial, regulatory and insurance advice and litigation services to the world's airlines, manufacturers and financiers.
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Clinical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Criminal solicitors advise and appear in court on behalf of both accused persons and the prosecution.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Offending behaviour can relate to incompetency or inappropriate or unlawful activities, be this fraud, assault or inappropriate sexual relationships.
Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will handle claims ranging from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
Phone: 01392 334003
|Number of work placements:||24|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree; exceptional circumstances considered|
|Start salary:||£28,000 (South West) £29,000 (Bristol)|
|Profit per partner:||£348,101 (2018)|
|Training contract applications:||450 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||89% (2020)|
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