Foot Anstey Foot Anstey

  • Regional Law Firms
  • Bristol, Taunton, Plymouth, Exeter, Truro

Training Contract

  • Places: 12

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 18

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 550




Foot Anstey LLP is a premier legal practice delivering specialist expertise to an impressive portfolio of regional, national and international clients. An entrepreneurial firm with history and tradition, we are on an exciting journey, as we look to the future. With over 600 people working across our network of eight offices in the South West and Southampton, we provide exceptional legal services and advice to our clients. We consider our people to be our most valuable asset and therefore, offer continual opportunities for support and professional development.

Training Contract

As one of our trainees, we look to develop you into a Business Adviser within one of our six key sectors.  Working across teams and offices will ensure you are successful in reaching this goal. Regular, open communication with your supervisors comes as standard. You will get lots of exposure to different situations, clients and to people within the firm who will help you to develop your legal and commercial expertise, in an environment that is friendly and supportive. We aim to recruit talented future solicitors and to create an environment that will provide you with the opportunity to reach your full potential.

When you start, we will offer you a detailed induction and on-boarding programme over your first three months and assign you a buddy from the existing Trainee/NQ population. Our on-going training sessions help prepare you to become a fully qualified solicitor – both legal and non-legal – throughout your two-year training contract. You may also have the opportunity for a secondment with one of our clients as part of your training. Completing your PSC via the University of Law, there is a tailored training programme in place for trainees incorporating PSC modules and additional trainee-focused training. We put an emphasis on supported personal and professional development throughout your training contract and into your NQ period.

We ask all our Trainees to play a key role in our CSR and charitable activities - and you're actively encouraged to get involved in the firm's social calendar. As part of that you will also have a twice-yearly lunch with the Managing Partner.

Apply online here.

Vacation Scheme

Our summer vacation scheme offers a short period of work experience during June, providing a valuable insight into our business and our different areas of legal expertise for those interested in applying for our training contracts.

Your first day will be spent finding out more about the firm followed by a period of time spent in a single office or practice area. If you do well on your work experience scheme, you will be invited to attend an assessment day that could see you become one of our trainees. To take part in our vacation scheme, please submit your application by 20 April 2020. Applications will be shortlisted during May and we will contact you directly with more details.


We have a thriving community of Apprentices now across all our major offices, working not only in the Legal teams but also Accounts and Business Services. We have really strong relationships with colleges in our key locations and are able to offer excellent support and training during your apprenticeship with us.

Salary & Benefits

At Foot Anstey, our people, like our Values, are at the very heart of our business. We aim to provide our employees with a rewarding career and work environment and an attractive and flexible benefits scheme as part of supporting the importance of work/life balance.

The main benefits available to you include:

  • Five weeks' annual leave (with the additional flexible option to buy/sell up to a week on an annual basis)

  • Additional discretionary one day as an ‘office shut down’ day annually at Christmas time.

  • Lifestyle Hour – a discretionary benefit to provide a fully flexible time slot for employees to take an additional hour away from work on a weekly basis in order to balance their personal lifestyle needs and their workload

  • Life Assurance (4 x reference salary once you’ve achieved six months service)

  • Contributory pension scheme with variable contribution options and the opportunity to salary exchange, which is a great way to boost both your pension and your take-home salary through dealing with your NI contributions more efficiently

  • Cycle to work scheme (saving tax and NI through salary exchange -  available after successful completion of probation period)

  • Enhanced and bespoke maternity, paternity & adoption arrangements

  • Staff conveyancing scheme - limited to two transactions per year and available to staff after completion of 12 months service

  • Discounted shopping via the Foot Anstey Reward Gateway 


We like our trainees to stand out from the crowd. We look for excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build effective working relationships both internally and externally. We would also like you to have a genuine interest in the future plans and direction of Foot Anstey.

It goes without saying that all of our trainees have an exceptional academic background with a 2:1 degree or above in either Law or non-law degree. On top of this, we will do everything we can to support your GDL/LPC studies as appropriate. We take into account your potential areas of law interest as well as your previous work experience, both legal and non-legal, and positions of responsibility, to ensure we get the full picture of you and your capabilities.


To apply to be considered for a trainee place with the firm, there are two routes available.

Vacation Scheme Placement and Training Contract - Please submit your application online by 1 April 2020.

For the Training Contract only - Please submit your application online by 1 June 2020. 

Within two weeks of the respective deadlines you will receive an update. After your application has been reviewed, if successful you will be invited to attend a Skype interview. If you have demonstrated the potential we require you will then be invited to either the vacation scheme or assessment day.

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