Trainee Opportunities

The Ashfords Training Contract

Ashfords is recognised nationally as a leading provider of legal, regulatory and related professional services. We deliver commercially focused advice to our clients across a range of industries and sectors. Our aim is straightforward – to help our clients get the results that they want. Our commitment to excellence is reflected by the quality of our people and partners, our client testimonials and industry awards. 

Our three core divisions – Company Commercial, Real Estate and Infrastructure and Private Client – cover a wide range of practice areas. We have a wealth of experience in the specific sector areas of technology, waste, energy and resource management, local government, and bulk commodity services and, through our ADVOC network of independent law firms, we have experts in more than 60 countries around the world.

Who should apply?

There is no magic recipe for the perfect Trainee. However, at Ashfords there are characteristics that we value. We are looking for individuals who have ambition, are business savvy and who are never afraid to put forward innovative ideas. We need excellent communicators who are adaptable and ready to accept the variety of challenges that a career in law can throw at you.

At Ashfords, we are committed to a 'recruit to retain' policy which is demonstrated by our consistently high retention rates. We want our Trainees to be our Partners of the future.

Your Training Contract

You will experience four areas of law during your training contract, spending six months in each seat. You can chose to apply for a Bristol-based or a South West-based training contract. Our South West trainees will have the opportunity to work across our Exeter, Taunton and Plymouth offices. We also offer flexibility for trainees to complete a seat in another office if the opportunity arises, including London.

As an Ashfords Trainee, you will experience first-hand the work of a commercial law firm. We offer the opportunity of hands-on experience, early responsibility and client involvement. To make sure that everything is on track you will meet with your supervisor during each seat to monitor your development. You will also have a mentor to provide personalised support and give you the opportunity to discuss all those burning questions. Our trainees also play an integral role in our Responsible Business programme and business development and marketing events, which provide exposure to our diverse client base. 

In addition to a comprehensive induction to the firm, the dedicated Learning and Development team will support you through your mandatory PSC training, as well as providing a variety of client focused and soft skills courses, underpinning and complementing your on-the-job training. Aside from working, you will have the chance to get involved in a number of social activities ranging from the annual ball, to sports clubs and charity fundraising events. Our trainees know that if there is not already a club or activity available, all they need to do is take the initiative to create one! As an example, Ashfords' Trainees set up XYBC (Exeter Young Business Club) to encourage inter-profession social and networking activities across the local young professional community.

2023 Training Contract Opportunities

If you are looking to secure a Training Contract with us in 2023, you can apply via our Vacancies page by 30 April!

2021 Summer Scheme Update

Due to the ongoing uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, we regret to say that we will not be going ahead with our Exeter and Bristol Summer Schemes this year. Instead, we will be offering an exciting virtual alternative in the form of an Ashfords Insight Day, where you will have the opportunity to attend a variety of talks and workshops, including a guide to Ashfords practice areas from our very own Lawyers, a Q&A with our current Trainee Solicitors and a Training Contract insight session with a member of our HR team. The following day, there will be a virtual assessment centre, where you will have the opportunity to secure an Ashfords Training Contract, commencing September 2023.

All candidates who have submitted an application to attend either a Bristol or Exeter based Summer Scheme will be considered for a place on a virtual Insight and Assessment Centre Day, which will be taking place throughout July.

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