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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.
We’re looking for exceptional candidates who will be an asset to our firm, but we also know that we need to impress the best candidates.
To see if we’re right for each other, you can attend our summer scheme, which provides a real insight into life with Ashfords.
During a week-long placement at either our Exeter or Bristol office, you will have the opportunity to meet our people and get a taste of some challenging yet rewarding trainee work, across three different departments. During the week, you will have the opportunity to secure a 2026 training contract with the firm by participating in an assessment centre. To round things off, on the Friday you will participate in a range of workshops, activities and a networking lunch.
During your training contract you will have the opportunity to experience four areas of law, spending six months immersing yourself in the work of each of those four departments.
Our trainees experience real work and are very much part of the team – you go to meetings and to court, meet clients and understand the cases you are working on. We believe there’s no better way to learn and it provides an excellent start to your legal career. Thanks to our collaborative approach to everything that we do, you will have the chance to learn from some of the best lawyers in their field.
Our trainees also play an integral role in business development and marketing, so you can expect to get involved in a variety of events across the firm, which include networking opportunities with our diverse client base.
We have embraced the transition to the SQE as an opportunity to capitalise on inclusivity and access into a career in law. With this in mind, you will have the option to undertake one of three different pathways before you join the firm for your two year training contract, depending on your undergraduate degree. All of the below courses will be delivered through The University of Law:
LLM with SQE1 and 2
Graduate apprenticeship (block release)
Masters in Law with SQE1 followed by SQE2 preparation course and exam
Ashfords is committed to maintaining an equal, diverse and inclusive workplace. This is reflected in our actions of treating our people and candidates fairly and of managing our relationships with our clients, prospective clients, suppliers and our communities in a way that complies with all legal and professional standards and in a way that makes us proud. The firm is committed to promoting an open, progressive and inclusive environment. We believe in treating people equally and we do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of characteristics which are irrelevant to the work they or we are doing. We will only judge people by what they do, not by who they are. We will take positive action to remove barriers and unconscious bias which prevent people from achieving their goals or achieving their potential.
We will no longer be providing sponsorship to undertake the LPC but we will fully support the cost of completing one of the firm's preferred SQE preparation courses and the SQE exams.
- Commercial litigation
- Intellectual property
- Technology & media
- Trusts & probate
- Commercial property
- Property litigation
- Projects & infrastructure
- Restructuring & insolvency
- Financial regulation
- Business risk & regulation
- 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
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Sponsored by Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP. Clinical or medical negligence lawyers advise in relation to instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or sub-standard medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Sponsored by Ashurst LLP. Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. 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 involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with 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.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright. The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. 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.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. 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.
Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Sponsored by Kennedys. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Professionals such as doctors, dentists, nurses, teachers, lawyers, social workers and police officers must comply with the standards set by their professional regulatory bodies.
Professional negligence occurs when a professional fails to carry out their responsibilities to the required standard, or they breach a duty of care.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Sponsored by Watson Farley & Williams LLP. Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP. Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
Phone: 01392 334003
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|Number of work placements:||28|
|Minimum qualification:||2:1 degree; exceptional circumstances considered|
|Start salary:||£32,000 (South West), £35,000 (Bristol)|
|Fees paid for:||
|Profit per partner:||£348,101 (2018)|
|Training contract applications:||600 (2023)|
|Retention rate:||100% (2023)|
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