Aim beyond pure legal knowledge. Beyond commercial advice. Be known for something more: clarity of thought and an instinct for problem solving that can influence leading businesses and organisations the world over.
Easy? Hardly. Our ambition as a firm means we need people with a rare kind of mindset: an openness to the way you work, agility to the way you think, and a strong desire to keep evolving as a professional.
Join us and we’ll help you enrich and expand your worldview, grow your skills and influence new ways of thinking. In other words, we’ll help you move minds.
Let’s start by moving yours.
The different cultures, communities and countries within which we operate around the world are immensely varied. The way we actually interact with each other isn’t. The simple fact is: people here like working with each other. We help and challenge each other to develop our thinking and deliver our best work. In every office, you’ll find different perspectives, backgrounds, cultures and personalities to learn from. Explore a few of them here.
As a global law firm with a rich history spanning almost 200 years, we've built a reputation for providing exceptional standards of service and established ourselves as a leading adviser to local and global corporates, financial institutions and governments, on all areas of law including finance, M&A, disputes and competition.
We’re renowned for helping our clients navigate through a complex and constantly evolving global landscape. With 25 offices across the world’s leading financial and resource centres in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and the USA, we offer the reach and insight of a global network combined with deep local market knowledge. And, with our partners and lawyers working across 10 different time zones, we are able to respond to our clients' needs wherever and whenever they need us.
Our people are our greatest asset. We bring together lawyers of the highest calibre with the technical knowledge, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice our clients need. As people we are valued by our clients for being approachable, astute and commercially minded. As a global team we have a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects, and for delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.
Variety of experience is essential in developing the kind of expertise that will set you apart. At Ashurst, you won’t just be learning from the past or from specifics. You will also be developing the instincts to tackle the most complex issues in international law, and building an understanding of each client's business.
The ways in which we support you to do this are equally varied. Structured training helps you develop the highest standards of technical legal knowledge. Honest, transparent conversations ensure you know exactly what we expect from you. Useful, constructive feedback helps you learn. And a network of highly respected figures will not only inspire you, they will actively mentor your development.
The nature of the work we do is very challenging, you're constantly learning, and there are lots of resources to learn from. There are many different training sessions to attend – on negotiation skills, business skills, presenting skills, just to name a few.View more profiles
As a trainee, you come into a role like this thinking you won’t be given anything particularly important. But early on, when you see your work mentioned in media such as Bloomberg, you realise that what you’re doing really is high profile.View more profiles
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It will leave its impression on you. Our London office is one of our largest, with some of our leading practice areas and a wealth of career opportunities for graduates.
Our Glasgow office has grown quickly since its inception. As it grows, there are more and more opportunities for business services staff and legal advisers; you can explore the available opportunities here.
When considering your application, academic achievement is a good place to start. You’ll need to be on track for a strong 2:1 in your undergraduate degree, demonstrated through your module mark history and have at least an AAB or equivalent at A-level. It’s not the only way in which you can impress us, however. Below are the stages we go through for every application.
Online application form
Our form is designed to help you showcase your talents. Simply add information about you and your education, plus a statement that tells us why you want to be a lawyer, and at Ashurst in particular. We will let you know when we have received your form and you’ll hear from us again when we’ve decided whether to invite you to interview. Check the spam settings on your email account to make sure you don’t overlook our response.
We believe in focusing on the individual and so we don't run assessment centres. If you’re invited to an interview, first of all we’ll ask you to complete a written case study exercise to test your analytical ability, commercial instinct and written communication skills. You will then have two interviews: the first with a member of our graduate recruitment team, and the second with two partners from our graduate recruitment committee. The interviews will test the behaviours we’re looking for through both competency and scenario-based questions.
You’ll also be given a tour of our offices by one of our current trainees, which is a very thinly disguised opportunity to grill them about their experience of the firm. We will reimburse travel expenses up to £100, provided you give us a receipt.
If we offer you a training contract and you are in two minds about accepting, you can come back for another visit to meet more people. This will help you make sure that we are the right choice for you.
After you have accepted
If you are applying for a training contract, you probably won’t be starting here for two years. But we want you to feel part of the firm straight away. That’s why we will be in regular contact with you, invite you to take part in our networks and social functions, and monitor your progress at law school. When you do eventually sit down at your desk, we promise you’ll feel very much at home.