Ashurst

The Legal Cheek View

Before its 2012 merger with Australian firm Blake Dawson, Ashurst was the embodiment of the ‘silver circle’ firm — with a strong City of London finance speciality built around a slightly friendlier culture to a magic circle firm. Now it’s a member of the global elite, with 25 offices worldwide, including a low-cost support centre in Glasgow.

What this means for London trainees is high quality work and some decent international secondment opportunities — especially to Asia-Pacific offices. With much of the process tasks going north, rookies in the capital report being “rarely given dogsbody work” and often being “given a high level of responsibility”.

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Deadlines

Training Contract

To commence 2019

Applications open: 1 May 2017
Applications close: 31 July 2017

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Key Info

Training contracts 45
Latest trainee retention rate 85%
Offices 25
Countries 15
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
B
Perks
A
Office
B
Canteen
C
Social life
A
Chances of secondment abroad
B

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 9:17am
Average leave time 7:34pm
Annual target hours 1,600
Annual leave 27 days

Money

First year trainee salary £41,000
Second year trainee salary £46,000
Newly qualified salary £70,000
Profit per equity partner Undisclosed
GDL grant £8,000
LPC grant £8,000

Diversity

UK female associates 52%
UK female partners 19%
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed

Universities Current Trainees Attended

The Firm In Its Own Words