With 28 offices in 16 countries, Ashurst offers the reach and insight of a global network, combined with the knowledge and understanding of local markets. Our 400 partners and further 1,300 lawyers work across 10 different time zones, responding to our clients wherever and whenever they need us.

Our clients are at the heart of our thinking and our ambition is to be the most progressive global law firm. We are able to achieve this by being at the forefront of legal technology innovation with initiatives such as Ashurst Advance Digital.

We build strong partnerships with our prestigious client base, working closely together on large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions to deliver incisive commercial solutions. Our global reach provides opportunities for our people to work in numerous jurisdictions with leading international organisations across the world.

We also foster an inclusive working environment which genuinely values the breadth of individual perspectives and contributions that we gain from having a diverse workforce. It’s a strong, shared culture that will enable you to apply your intellect, develop yourself and thrive as an international commercial lawyer.

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Statistics and facts

Firm type
  • International
  • City
Practice Areas
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Property
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance
  • Employment & Pensions
  • Energy
  • Infastructure
  • Competition & EU
  • Insolvency
  • IP
  • Tax
Head quartersLondon
Number of Offices27
Office Locations - Overview
  • South East
  • Scotland
  • International
Location of Major UK Offices
  • London
  • Glasgow
Location of Major International Offices
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • Australia
  • China
No of Partners400
No of Lawyers1300
Average Trainee Salary£46,000 (for first year trainees) and £50,000 (for second year trainees)
NQ Salary£84,000
Managing PartnerPaul Jenkins

Training Contracts

Training environment

A training contract at Ashurst will move your mind beyond technical knowledge of the law. Ultimately, we want to help you become a thought leader with a reputation for clear, perceptive and influential advice – a professional in whom clients can place their trust.

Training contract structure

A thorough induction kicks off your training contract, introducing you to all the resources you’ll need to support your work and training.

In collaboration with you, we plan four seats of six months, and review that plan at regular intervals. Each seat starts with a handover and training, complete with technical expertise, so you know exactly what to expect. At least one seat will be in either our banking or securities and derivatives practice areas, and most trainees choose to do at least one other transactional seat. There’s a wealth of options to consider and we will also encourage you to undertake a secondment to one of our growing offices or to a valued client.

You’ll be supervised by a partner or associate who’ll work closely with you and provide guidance, reviewing your progress as you go along and helping you to pinpoint your successes and develop in areas that need work. Equally, there’s a great deal to be learned from the others you work with in the practice area. And at every step, we’ll make sure you feel involved not just in the effort behind our successes but the exhilaration that follows them too.

No of Trainees / Yr45
Average Retention Rates87%
  • London
Degree class2.1 (expected or obtained)
A levelsAAB (or equivalent)
Sponsorship - LPCYes
Sponsorship - GDLYes
Sponsorship - AllowanceYes
LPC / GDL Provider
  • Ulaw
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • Graduate Recruitment Interview
  • Partner Interview
  • Psychometric Testing
  • Written Exercise
Vacation Scheme Requirement?
  • No (not a requirement of TC application)
Number of Seats4
Compulsory Seats
  • All trainees must complete a finance seat and a transactional seat
Secondment SeatsYes
Overseas SeatsYes - Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Madrid, Tokyo, Luxembourg, Brussels, Frankfurt

Current Opportunities

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Vacation Schemes

 Ahead with Ashurst (12 – 16 April 2021) deadline: 8 January 2021, £275 per week

In the first year of your law degree or penultimate year of a non-law degree and keen to find out more about law in the City and whether it’s right for you?

Our Ahead at Ashurst programme offers a blend of work experience and employability skills sessions to give you the tools you need to make career decisions and ace your applications.

Those who obtain a place on the programme will also be the first to be considered for campus ambassador positions.

 Training Contract (2023/2024 intakes) deadline: 25 June 2021, £46,000 starting salary

A training contract at Ashurst will move your mind beyond technical knowledge of the law. Ultimately, we want to help you become a thought leader with a reputation for clear, perceptive and influential advice – a professional in whom governments and leading businesses the world over can place their trust.

You’ll need to become a shrewd negotiator, have an ability to read both balance sheets and behaviours, and become a commercial strategist with a deep understanding of specific industries.

Our training contract will start you on that road. We will plan closely with you four seats of six months each, that will broaden your world view and hone your talents. At least one seat will be in a finance practice and another within a transactional department. You will also have the opportunity to apply for an overseas or client secondment.

Summer Vacation Scheme (21 June – 9 July 2021) deadline: 29 January 2021, £400 per week

We have one three-week summer vacation scheme which is open to finalist and graduates of all degree disciplines, as well as penultimate year law students.

During the vacation scheme, attendees will experience two specific departments or practice areas, under the close guidance and supervision of a solicitor. Apart from this ‘live’ work experience, there are formal training sessions comprised of lectures, workshops, and plenty of networking opportunities and social.

Attendees are also encouraged to meet and interact with a wide variety of solicitors and other staff in the firm during informal gatherings. In particular, attendees are required to spend time with the current cohort of trainee solicitors, to gain a perspective on completing a training contract at Ashurst in the future.

No of Vacation Schemes / yr3
Degree class2.1 (obtained or predicted)
A levelsNo minimum A Level requirement
Training Contract Interview included?Yes
Training Contract Interview included? Additional commentsYou will have an interview for our training contract either during or after your vacation scheme.
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • Graduate Recruitment Interview
  • Psychometric Testing
  • Written Exercise

Current Opportunities

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What Is The Solicitor Apprenticeship?

Our solicitor apprenticeship offers an alternative (and exciting!) route to becoming a qualified lawyer in England & Wales outside of our training contract.

It is designed to help school leavers kick-start their career as a solicitor with a structured learning programme. Alongside studying part-time with The University of Law one day a week, you will gain hands-on experience of a wide range of legal work.

  • The level 7 solicitor apprenticeship lasts 5½–6 years and incorporates an LLB (Hons) degree and Solicitor Qualifying Exams.
  • This route allows you to enter the workplace at an earlier stage and avoid student debt.
  • The assessment for the apprenticeship comprises coursework, exams and a portfolio of evidence to show you have met the competency framework for a junior lawyer.
  • The firm pays all of your study fees.

How to Apply?

Applications for our 2021 solicitor apprenticeship intake are now open and you can apply via the early careers section of our website:

Applications will shut on 26 February 2021 for a September 2021 start.

No of Apprenticeships4
  • London
A Levels3 A Levels at Grade 'C' or above (or equivalent)
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • Telephone Interview
  • Graduate Recruitment Interview
  • Psychometric Testing
  • Written Exercise
Partner Law School
  • Ulaw

Current Opportunities

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