Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Ashfords LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Ashfords LLP

The verdict

For trainees looking for ‘a high-calibre firm’, City-quality work and a ‘strong commitment to the South West’ with a growing reputation in London, Ashfords is a natural fit. The firm boasts of being one of the leading players in the South West, and with that comes a work/life balance and a friendly nature. Trainees comment that ‘everyone is approachable and always willing to help’ and this culture ‘enables me to feel included’. ‘There isn’t really a hierarchy system’ and it is felt that ‘learning and development was genuinely supported as I was viewed as the future of the firm’. The firm secures a Lex 100 Winner award for client contact and only missed out on work/life balance by the narrowest of margins having had previous success in this category. Respondents wrote of ‘astonishing’ levels of exposure to clients ‘on a daily basis’, including working on ‘live, chargeable matters’ and ‘meeting clients, counsel and other third parties’ as well as independently attending ‘mediations and court hearings’. Some respondents with previous experience at the firm as paralegals identified that this brought them insight into the ‘welcoming’ culture of the firm. Recruits value the firm’s pro-bono work with the Ashford Foundation but wish there was more on offer and would like more clarity surrounding seat allocations. They appreciate the support given by the firm, including partners and associates, with one trainee commenting that ‘everyone is really friendly and welcoming, and you really feel as though the firm is invested in your career development. It’s a really nice place to work’.