• Regional Law Firms
  • Bristol, Taunton, London, Exeter, Tiverton

Training Contract

  • Places: 10

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 16

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 540




Ashfords is a national provider of legal, professional and regulatory services.

We combine legal expertise, commercial experience and our wider network to help our clients achieve their goals. So, to many clients, we are more than just lawyers, we are professional advisers, mentors and problem-solvers.

Above all, we believe that every client should expect and receive value for time and value for money. Which means that we always aim to provide advice that is not just technically sound, but that is grounded in our understanding of our clients world.

Ashfords is a top 100 law firm with six offices, including a significant presence in London. We’re based predominantly in the South West, with our biggest office in the vibrant city of Exeter. 

Ashfords has always been about its people. We want our employees to be engaged and motivated, so that our clients will benefit from a fresh and friendly approach. Our open-plan offices reflect this ethos as all of our employees work alongside the Partners and Lawyers who are supervising them. 

As a leading UK law firm we are proud of our commitment to social and environmental concerns. In 2018 we established the Ashfords Foundation, which brings together all of Ashfords’ charitable giving. Our charitable mission is to make a real difference in the lives of the communities in which the partners and employees of Ashfords LLP live and work.

Training Contract

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, attend court, engage with our clients and understand the cases you are working on. We believe there's no better way to learn than by experience, and it provides an excellent start to your legal career. 

For more information, please visit here!

Vacation Scheme

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 one of our virtual insight and assessment centre days, which will be taking place throughout July.


Apprenticeships at Ashfords

Ashfords are proud to have offered apprenticeships for four years running to over 25 legal and business apprentices. Apprenticeships at Ashfords provide a great opportunity to get stuck into the world of work and gain practical experience in a professional environment. The apprenticeships are between 18 - 24 months long and you'll develop key skills that are highly transferable. 

How do I become an apprentice? 

To be an apprentice at Ashfords you'll need good A Levels, be highly motivated to learn and have a positive, can-do approach. You will also need to demonstrate excellent communication skills, be highly organised and have good attention to detail.

We are looking for people who are motivated to learn and have a positive, can-do approach. We also expect a good standard of education and are looking for our apprentices to have 8 GCSEs at grade A*- C (including Maths & English). To apply for our Paralegal apprenticeship, you must also have (or be expecting) 3 A Levels at grade C or above.


Further information on how to apply and available roles can be found on our

Salary & Benefits

Salary varies with location

Full course bursary given for the LPC when you study at any University of Law.  All PSC courses and Practice Certificate fees are paid by the firm.

The annual benefits include:

23 days paid leave (increases to 25 on qualification)

Birthday day off

Additional Ashfords Christmas day off

Holiday purchase scheme

Free in-house gym (Exeter office)

5% firm contribution pension

Membership of The Junior Lawyers Division

Cycle scheme

Annual bonus scheme


Firm-funded healthcare cash plan (Medicash)


We receive a large number of applications and look for trainees with a minimum 2:1 degree. However, if you have a different background – such as another degree, or you've taken an unusual qualification route, this might not be a barrier. Just make it clear what you think you can offer us in your application! We are always interested in applicants who can recognise their own unique skills.


When you’re ready, apply here.  

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