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We will be accepting applications to start in March/September 2024 from 5 January to 31 March 2022.
We will be accepting applications for our 2021/22 schemes (one in winter and one in the summer) from 1 September 2021. The deadline for submitting an application is 13 October 2021 for the winter scheme, and January 2022 for the summer scheme. We will be interviewing from October 2021 to February 2022.
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Method of assessment
- HR-led interview
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
Ashurst is a leading international law firm with world class capability and a prestigious global client base. We have 29 offices in 17 countries and offer the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. With 400 partners and a further 1,600 lawyers working across 11 different time zones, we are able to respond to clients wherever and whenever required. As a global team, we have a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects and delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.
Our in-depth understanding of our clients and commitment to providing exceptional standards of service has seen it become a trusted adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments on all areas of commercial law. Our people are our greatest asset and we bring together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice clients need.
Our vision is to be the most progressive global law firm. For us, "progressive" is a mindset, an approach to how we do things. We instinctively take a fresh perspective on situations, exploring whether there are better ways of delivering practical, commercial solutions to the challenges our clients face in today's rapidly changing business landscape. To help us achieve our vision, we recently announced our 2023 Strategic Plan which provides us with a framework so that we can hold ourselves accountable for our ongoing success. It unites us globally and enables us to work together towards the same goals, with a clearly aligned view on the firm's priorities and purpose: Together, we create the extraordinary.
The best way to understand what it feels like to work here is to actually work here. Every year, we hold two vacation schemes – a single one-week scheme for final year students and graduates and a three-week summer scheme for final years and graduates of all degree disciplines as well as penultimate-year law students – each designed to give you an intensive experience of our culture and the kind of work we do.
We work hard to make sure they're as useful and as stimulating as possible; in fact, we organise the schemes along with a committee of trainees who've been where you've been and know the best way to introduce you to the firm.
You'll see either one or two different departments and will be supervised by a qualified solicitor who'll get you involved in real work. You'll learn about our specialist areas by attending workshops and exploring a case study that's based on a recent transaction.
There's also a chance to get involved in team-building events to experience the way we work together, and social events to get to know our associates and current trainees away from the bustle of daily life.
Winter vacation scheme: 6 – 10 December 2021
Summer vacation scheme: 20 June – 8 July 2022
A training contract at Ashurst will move your mind beyond technical knowledge of the law. Ultimately, we want to help you become a thought leader with a reputation for clear, perceptive and influential advice – a professional in whom governments and leading businesses the world over can place their trust.
This isn’t an easy route to take. You’ll need to become a shrewd negotiator, have an ability to read both balance sheets and behaviours, and become a commercial strategist with a deep understanding of specific industries.
Our training contract will start you on that road. We will plan closely with you four seats of six months each, that will broaden your world view and hone your talents. At least one seat will be in a finance practice and we will also encourage you to join an overseas office or go on secondment to one of our most valued clients.
Our first intake of SQE trainees will be 2024. We cover all course fees for SQE.
For the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC), we offer scholarships that cover your course fees and provide £8,000 per year towards the cost of maintenance (£7,000 if you choose to study the GDL outside London).
- Corporate projects
- Corporate transactions
- Digital economy
- Dispute resolution
- Finance regulatory
- Global loans
- Global markets
- Pro bono
- Real estate
- Corporate & Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
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.
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.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
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.
The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
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.
Phone: 020 7859 1111
Email: [email protected]
|Number of work placements:||50|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree|
|Profit per partner:||£603,000,000 (2016)|
|Training contract applications:||550 (2020)|
|Retention rate:||90% (2020)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
- Abu Dhabi
- Hong Kong
- New York
- Port Moresby
- *Associated office
- African Prisons Project
- AIRE Centre
- Competition Law Pro Bono Scheme
- Fair Trials International
- Free Representation Unit
- PILnet (Public Interest Law)
- The Bingham Centre
- The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau
- Tower Hamlets Law Centre
- Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre
- TrustLaw Connect
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Black Lawyers’ Directory
- Bright Network
- Brokerage Citylink
- Future First
- Legal and Social Mobility Partnership
- Legal Apprenticeships
- Rare Recruitment
- Social Mobility Foundation
- Sutton Trust
- The Access Project
- Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership