Foot Anstey Foot Anstey

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

Training Contract

  • Places: 12

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 15

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 550



  • 02380 174684
  • Foot Anstey LLP, 2
    Glass Wharf
    BS2 0EL


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 500 people working across our network of seven offices in the South and South West, we provide exceptional legal services and advice to our clients. We consider our people to be our most valuable asset and 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 training contract. You may also have the opportunity for a secondment with one of our clients as part of your training or to take part in our Virtual Trainee programme.  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.

Vacation Scheme

We are recruiting for 2023 and 2024.

Our Summer Vacation Scheme will take place from 27 June 2022 to 1 July 2022 in our Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth and Southampton offices.  During the week candidates will be aligned to a team and work with them as a valued member of that team taking part in "real" work including attending internal and client meetings and attending court.  Candidates will also have the opportunity to attend insight sessions on different practice areas, initiatives within the firm and take part in socials all of which aim to give candidates a true insight into what it is like to work at the firm.

The final day of the Vacation Scheme will be an assessment day following which successful candidates will be offered a Training Contract with the firm.  


In addition to the Vacation Scheme, we also recruit from standalone Training Contract Assessment Days in July.  Candidates can therefore apply for either a place on the Vacation Scheme or one of the Training Contract Assessment Days.  Please note, candidates cannot apply for both.


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 

  • Contributory pension scheme with variable contribution options and the opportunity to salary exchange

  • Cycle to work scheme 

  • Enhanced and bespoke maternity, paternity & adoption arrangements

  • Staff conveyancing scheme 

  • Family Hours – ability to exchange one day of annual leave for 15 hours of leave


  • 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.


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

Vacation Scheme - Please submit your application online by 1 April 2022.

Training Contract Assessment Day - Please submit your application online by 1 May 2022.  

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 video interview. If you have demonstrated the potential we require you will then be invited to either the vacation scheme or assessment day.

Recruiting? We can help