Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Ashurst

The Lex 100 verdict on Ashurst

The verdict

Ashurst, a City stalwart boasting top-level clients and swanky new offices in Spitalfields, impresses trainees and is a favourite among those looking for training with an ‘international nature’ and a smaller intake size in the heart of the City of London. Trainees applaud the firm’s ‘friendly’ and ‘hard working’ people who ‘don’t take themselves too seriously’ as well as the ‘great atmosphere’. As a result of the smaller intake size, supervision is ‘highly supportive’. The firm offers trainees lots of responsibility from the outset as well as great ‘strength in corporate and finance work with a smaller intake than the Magic Circle but similar quality of work and training’. Highlights of work include ‘working on deals that have made the front page of the Financial Times and the opportunity for international secondments, with the firm medalling in this category. With this Magic Circle-like quality of work and clients come comparably long hours. Trainees have identified that compared with some peers at other firms they have ‘worse hours but higher levels of responsibility’ but acknowledge that it is ‘to be expected’ and is better than ‘US firms’ in this regard. The firm has an excellent reputation for pro-bono work, including a dedicated pro-bono seat within its training contract. Trainees commented that ‘the pro bono and CSR opportunities are exceptional, and stand Ashurst apart from its peers’ and specifically mentioned its ‘gender pro bono steering committee set up to engage more with charities in that space’. Diversity and inclusion had consistent mentions by trainees who applauded steps taken recently, particularly the firm’s focus on gender and ‘The First Women Project’.