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Ashfords LLP

  • 10 vacancies
  • 14 trainees
  • 71 partners
  • 514 staff

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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.

How to apply

Applications to

Miss Jessica Iley

Method of application

Online application form

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.

Due to the ongoing uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we regret to say that we will not be going ahead with our Exeter and Bristol summer schemes this year. Instead, we will be offering an exciting virtual alternative in the form of an Ashfords insight day, where you will have the opportunity to attend a variety of talks and workshops, including a guide to Ashfords practice areas from our very own lawyers, a Q&A with our current trainee solicitors and a training contract insight session with a member of our HR team. The following day, there will be a virtual assessment centre, where you will have the opportunity to secure an Ashfords training contract, commencing September 2023.

All candidates who have submitted an application to attend either a Bristol or Exeter based summer scheme will be considered for a place on a virtual insight and assessment centre day, which will be taking place throughout July.

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
  • Employment
  • Trusts & probate
  • Family
  • Commercial property
  • Property litigation
  • Planning
  • Commercial
  • Projects & infrastructure
  • Restructuring & insolvency
  • Financial regulation
  • Construction
  • Business risk & regulation
  • Legal Aid
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • General Practice

Practice Areas

Extra info

Ashford House, Grenadier Road, Exeter, EX1 3LH
Phone: 01392 334003
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 24
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree; exceptional circumstances considered
Start salary: £28,000 (South West) £29,000 (Bristol)
Sponsorship: LPC
Turnover: £40,614,000 (2017)
Profit per partner: £348,101 (2018)
Training contract applications: 450 (2020)
Retention rate: 89% (2020)
Partner diversity:
  • 73.0% male (2020)
  • 27.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 47.0% male (2020)
  • 53.0% female
  • Exeter
  • Bristol
  • London
  • Taunton
  • Plymouth
  • Tiverton
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