Foot Anstey Foot Anstey

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

Training Contract

  • Places: 12

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 18

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 520




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 450 people working across our network of five offices in the South West, 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

Our training programme is designed to help you reach your full potential.

As one of our trainees, you will undertake six seats of four months. Regular, open communication with your supervisors comes as standard. You will get lots of exposure to different situations 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.

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 30th April 2018. Applications will be shortlisted during May and we will contact you directly with more details.



In January 2015 we launched a Legal Academy, in partnership with Weston College. The legal academy is underpinned by a three-year apprenticeship programme supporting a level 2 intermediate apprenticeship in business administration and level 3 advanced apprenticeship in legal services.

Applications for future Apprentices are currently closed.

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 with GDL. On top of this, we will do everything we can to support your LPC studies. 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.


AllAboutLaw Awards 2017

Training Contract Score: 84.8%

Vacation Scheme Score: 89.7%

Runner up - Best Training Contract – National Firm

Finalist - Best Vacation Scheme – National Firm


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 via CV Mail by 30th April 2018.

For the Training Contract only - Please submit your application online via CV Mail by 1st June 2018.

We shortlist and select trainees after the closing date and hold a number of assessment days at the end of July and beginning of August.

If you are invited to an assessment, you will spend a full day in our Plymouth Head Office with 8 to 12 other candidates. Typically, we will ask you to prepare a group presentation in advance, plus there will be a written exercise and panel interview on the day. You will also get the opportunity to find out more about the firm and what it is like to work here by touring the office and meeting existing trainees.

After the assessment day, we will be in contact to talk about training contract offers.