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’ll be guided by a team of elite lawyers who will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to tackle the most complex issues in domestic and international law. By building an understanding of our clients' businesses and expanding your own skillset, you can become more than simply an expert legal adviser.
For many of our future trainees, that variety of experience begins with a four-week internship, which will give you an intensive insight into life at the firm. On our training contract – and beyond – structured training will help you develop the highest standards of technical legal knowledge. Honest, transparent conversations will ensure you know exactly what we expect from you. Useful, constructive feedback will help you push on. And a network of highly respected figures will not only inspire you – they will actively mentor your development.
Ashurst’s uniqueness, I’m proud to say, is built on its people. The firm operates with a flat hierarchy and everyone works together closely and cohesively – needless to say, associates and partners alike are generous in giving you the guidance and support you need.View more profiles
Some law firms in Hong Kong concentrate on local work. But Ashurst is international. I’ve been here 10 months and I haven’t worked on any deals that are purely local. I’ve interacted with colleagues, clients and law firms in other parts of Asia and beyond, and it’s been highly educational to see how people in different countries operate. I’m sure this international exposure will be really valuable for my future career.View more profiles
It’s the people who make the culture what it is. The partners in particular are great managers and good mentors. They are all robust litigators, but they’re open-minded and always value my comments. They encourage me to take up responsibilities and explore different areas of law, and they give me inspiration on how to shape my career.View more profiles
Working closely with Ashurst’s other offices in the region, our Hong Kong business is focused on providing premium transactional and advisory support to corporates, financial institutions and investment funds on their engagement in Greater China, the wider Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world.
When considering your application, academic achievement is a good place to start: you will need to be on track for a strong 2:1 in your undergraduate degree. Strong English and Chinese skills are also required and any additional Asian or foreign language skills are welcome, too. These are not the only ways in which you can impress us, of course.
Online application form
You can use our online application form for both internship programmes and training contracts. The form is designed to help you showcase your talents; simply click on the link and 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. You will have the chance to talk about your interests and work experience, and how they could help you at Ashurst. 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 attend an interview. Check the spam settings on your email account to make sure you don’t overlook our emails.
If you are invited to an interview, you’ll meet first of all with our human resources team for a competency based interview and to complete a Chinese translation test. If you’re successful, we will invite you to meet with a panel of counsel and senior associates; here, through a series of competency and scenario-based questions, we’ll be looking for the behaviours that make a great Ashurst lawyer.
If you perform well during your internship, we will invite you to meet with Doos Choi and Jonathan Hsui, our Graduate Recruitment partners, for a final round interview, following which you’ll be notified as to whether your application for a training contract has been successful.
If you are unable to attend our internship programme but are shortlisted for the training contract, you’ll be invited to a final interview with our Graduate Recruitment partners.
If we offer you a training contract and you are in two minds about accepting, do feel free to come back for another visit and meet more people. It’s important to be sure we’re the right choice for you.
After you have accepted
If you accept a training contract with us, you probably won’t be starting here for two years. To help you feel part of the firm straight away, we will be in regular contact and invite you to our networking events. We also care about your progress at law school: we are always available to provide any support and guidance, should you need it. When you do eventually sit down at your desk, we promise you will feel very much at home.