• Regional Law Firms
  • Taunton, Bristol, 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. 

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 of 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. As a result it was decided to establish The Ashfords Foundation, with very clearly defined objectives to support smaller charities and community organisations in order to make a real difference.

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 department.

As an Ashfords Trainee Solicitor you can expect to attend meetings with a range of clients and become involved in real cases.  You will be mentored by lawyers across the firm who will expose you to the best quality work, supporting you to achieve your legal potential.  Aside from working, you will build relationships with other likeminded trainees who are eager to engage in social activities, ranging from the annual ball, to sports clubs and charity events. 

Please visit here: https://www.ashfords.co.uk/careers/trainee-opportunities

Vacation Scheme

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'll spend a week at our Exeter or Bristol office working in two departments, where you will be provided 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. The assessment centre will take place on the final day of the summer scheme.


Apprenticeships at Ashfords

Ashfords are proud to have offered apprenticeships for four 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 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:https://www.ashfords.co.uk/careers/apprenticeships

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 educational background such as another degree, or you've come through an unusual route, this will not inhibit the success of your application. The most important point to consider when completing your application is why you believe you are an Ashfords trainee  We are always interested in taking a closer look at applicants who can recognise their own unique skills.


When you’re ready, apply here.  

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