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

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 lend well to this idea as all our employees get to 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. Our corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme is employee-led, and as part of this we raised almost £300,000 in the past 3 years for Mind, Parkinson's UK and Alzheimer's Society.

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, court, meet 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. 

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Vacation Scheme

We are looking for exceptional candidates who will be an asset to our firm, but equally we recognise that we need to impress you. The best way to see if we're right for you is to attend our Summer Scheme, which is designed to give you an honest insight into working at Ashfords.

You will spend a week at either our Bristol or Exeter office working in two departments, getting to grips with some challenging yet rewarding Trainee work. You'll also spend time with our current Trainees getting first-hand knowledge of what it's like to be a part of the Trainee programme at Ashfords.

We will be running the one week schemes throughout June 2019. The Assessment Centre will take place on the final day.


Apprenticeships at Ashfords

Ashfords are proud to have offered apprenticeships for three years running and 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 highly motivated to learn and have a positive, can-do approach. You will need to demonstrate excellent communication skills, be highly organised and have good attention to detail. We also expect a good standard of education and would be looking for you to have 8 GCSEs at grade A*- C (including Maths & English); for the 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 website:


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 come through an unusual route, that might not be a barrier. Just make it clear what you think you can offer us in your application! We are always interested in taking a closer look at applicants who can recognise their own unique skills.


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If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Our Trainee Recruitment Team can be contacted via email or telephone:


01392 333 634

Key Dates for 2021 Training Contracts

2 November 2018 – application forms available on our website

30 April 2019 – deadline for all applications 

June 2019 – Summer Schemes (including Assessment Centres)

  • 3 - 7 June (Exeter)
  • 10 - 14 June (Exeter)
  • 17 - 21 June (Bristol)

Law Fairs

This year we will be at the following Law Fairs, please feel free to come along to discuss Ashfords' Training Contracts with us:

  • Cardiff University - 30 October 2018
  • University of Bristol - 4 october 2018
  • University of Exeter - 13 November 2018
  • UoL Bristol - 14 November 2018