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Ashurst LLP

  • 45 vacancies
  • 80 trainees
  • 400 partners
  • 3000 staff

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Training contracts

We will be accepting applications to start in March/September 2024 from 5 January to 31 March 2022.


Vacation schemes

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.


Applications to

Rebecca Babb

Method of application

Online application form

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).

  • Competition
  • Corporate projects
  • Corporate transactions
  • Digital economy
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment
  • Finance regulatory
  • Funds
  • Global loans
  • Global markets
  • Pro bono
  • Real estate
  • Restructuring
  • Tax
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

London Fruit & Wool Exchange 1 Duval Square, London, E1 6PW
Phone: 020 7859 1111
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.ashurst.com/en/careers/students-and-graduates/uk/
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 50
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: £47,000
Sponsorship: CPE/GDL, LPC
Turnover: £505,000,000 (2016)
Profit per partner: £603,000,000 (2016)
Training contract applications: 550 (2020)
Retention rate: 90% (2020)
Partner diversity:
  • 80.0% male (2021)
  • 20.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 46.0% male (2021)
  • 54.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Energy companies
  • Retail outlets
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Brussels
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Hong Kong
  • Luxembourg
  • Madrid
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Beijing
  • Brisbane
  • Brussels
  • Canberra
  • Dubai
  • Frankfurt
  • Glasgow
  • Hong Kong
  • Jakarta*
  • Jeddah*
  • London
  • Luxembourg
  • Madrid
  • Melbourne
  • Milan
  • Munich
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Perth
  • Port Moresby
  • Riyadh
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo
  • *Associated office
  • A4ID
  • African Prisons Project
  • AIRE Centre
  • Amicus
  • Competition Law Pro Bono Scheme
  • Fair Trials International
  • Free Representation Unit
  • IPSEA
  • LawWorks
  • PILnet (Public Interest Law)
  • Reprieve
  • The Bingham Centre
  • The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau
  • Tower Hamlets Law Centre
  • Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • UnLtd
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Black Lawyers’ Directory
  • Bright Network
  • Brokerage Citylink
  • DiversCity
  • Future First
  • Legal and Social Mobility Partnership
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • PRIME
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Social Mobility Foundation
  • Stonewall
  • Sutton Trust
  • The Access Project
  • Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership