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Ashfords LLP

12 vacancies
26 trainees
68 partners
500 staff

We are a UK law firm delivering straightforward and timely advice for our clients, rooted in an understanding of what will work in their world.

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More info

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.

To see if we’re right for each other, you can attend our summer scheme, which will provide an honest insight into working at Ashfords.

You can choose to spend a week in either our Bristol or Exeter office, where you will be provided with some challenging yet rewarding trainee tasks. You’ll also spend time with our current trainees, gaining first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to be a trainee solicitor at Ashfords.

You will then have the opportunity to secure a training contract with us by taking part in an assessment centre on the final day of the summer scheme.

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 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. HR will also support you throughout your training contract  and our dedicated L&D team will provide a variety of client focused courses, 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.

Our first cohort of SQE trainees will be joining us in September 2024 and we will be recruiting for this intake from 1 November 2021. 

More information on our approach to SQE will be available on our website in the coming months.

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 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)
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
  • SQE
Turnover: £48,000,000 (2020)
Profit per partner: £348,101 (2018)
Training contract applications: 530 (2021)
Retention rate: 100% (2021)
Partner diversity:
  • 73.0% male (2021)
  • 27.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 47.0% male (2021)
  • 53.0% female
  • Exeter
  • Bristol
  • London
  • Taunton
  • Plymouth
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • Mindful Business Charter
  • Rare Recruitment