Ashurst LLP Ashurst LLP

  • International Law Firms
  • London, Glasgow

Training Contract

  • Places: 40-45

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 110

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 3095




With 25 offices in 15 countries and a number of referral relationships we offer the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. Our 400 partners and further 1000 lawyers work across 10 different time zones, responding to our clients wherever and whenever they need us.

Our clients are at the heart of our thinking, our ambition is to be our clients' most incisive partner.  You will see we have a prestigious client base, with whom we build strong partnerships working closely together on large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions to deliver incisive and insightful commercial solutions. Our global reach provides opportunities for our people to work in numerous jurisdictions with leading international organisations across the world.

At Ashurst you will work as part of a team of high calibre individuals operating in a high performance environment.  We are creative, innovative, agile and incisive thinkers always looking for new and better ways of doing things.

You will enjoy an inclusive culture which genuinely values the breadth of individual perspectives and contributions that we gain from having a diverse workforce.  As part of a truly collaborative team working in partnership together with openness and respect across offices, geographies and specialisms, we support each other to achieve great things for our clients.  We take exactly the same approach with our people: we’re interested in understanding each other, finding new and better ways to bring out each individual's talents, and simply enjoying the interaction with other high-calibre, down-to-earth people. It’s a strong, shared culture that will enable you to apply your intellect, develop yourself and thrive as an international lawyer.

Working this way we will achieve our goals to be the best advisor and an exceptional place to work.

Training Contract

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 another within a transactional department. You will also have the opportunity to apply for an overseas or client secondment.

Vacation Scheme

The best way to understand what it feels like to work here is to actually work here. Every year, we hold four vacation schemes – a single one- week scheme in Spring for first year students; two three-week summer schemes and a single one-week scheme in the winter - 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.

Our winter and summer vacation schemes are for all penultimate law students, as well as final year students and graduates, studying a law or non-law degree.

Our first year scheme runs in the Spring. Law students are eligible to apply.

On the winter scheme, you’ll spend one week in one practice area – and on the summer schemes, which are three weeks long, you’ll experience two practice areas. Most students choose to sit in our corporate team, one of our finance teams such as banking or securities and derivatives, or our disputes team. However, you can ask to sit in any of our practice areas.

You’ll learn about our specialist areas by attending workshops. 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.

Early applications are recommended for all programmes as we interview from October to February.


The Ashurst Legal Apprenticeship is designed to help candidates kick-start their career as a Solicitor with a structured learning programme. Alongside studying part-time with The University of Law one day a week, you will gain hands-on experience of a wide range of legal work.

Candidates will initially complete the two-year Paralegal Level 3 qualification, which combines the foundation level knowledge required for a new entrant into a legal office with the more technical demands expected of a junior lawyer. Those who would like to continue their learning may then progress onto the six-year Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship, which incorporates an LLB (Hons) degree and leads to qualification as a Solicitor. All university fees will be funded by the firm.

We will invest the time and resources into ensuring our apprentices are fully equipped with the tools for success in the legal sector. In return, we expect commitment, motivation and a genuine interest in helping our clients. Apprentices will be allocated a supervisor to provide them with quality training and opportunities to develop, as well as feedback and guidance.

Ashurst is recruiting for Legal Apprentices to start in September 2018. The deadline for applications is 3 June 2018. To apply, please submit an online application form.

Salary & Benefits

Salaries for trainees in the first year are currently pegged at £42,000 and £47,000 in the second year. Newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors start at £72,000.  Summer and winter vacation scheme attendees receive a weekly allowance of £400 while our first year scheme attendees will receive a weekly allowance of £250.


Private medical insurance (provided by Ashurst), life assurance (provided by Ashurst),  income protection (provided by Ashurst),  pension (including contribution from Ashurst),  season ticket loan (interest free), dental insurance, ISA savings account, wine club, technology purchase plan, holiday purchase, travel insurance, reduced rate gym membership, childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, give as you earn, onsite services including doctor, dentist, physiotherapist and masseuse.  25 days holiday (plus bank holidays), staff restaurant.


340 UCAS points or equivalent and 2:1 in your degree.


AllAboutLaw Awards 2017

Training Contract Score: 82.7%

Vacation Scheme Score: 84.3

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Online application form addressed to Nick Wong Graduate Recruitment Partner.

We will be accepting training contract applications to start in September 2020/March 2021 from 1 October 2017. There will be two windows to apply for training contracts with the firm. These will be from 1 October 2017 to 7 January 2018 and then again from 1 May 2018 to 31 July 2018.

Applications are open between 1 September 2017 and 5 November 2017 for the winter scheme and 1 September 2017 and 7 January 2018 for the summer scheme.

We will be accepting applications for our first year scheme from 1 September 2017 to 7 January 2018.