Training Contracts

At Ashtons Legal, we regard the recruitment and training of our solicitors as a vital part of the development of the firm.

Who are we?

Ashtons Legal is a dynamic, ambitious regional law firm, with a clear five-year strategy that will see it set the benchmark for excellence and quality. Already one of East Anglia’s largest firms, it is driven by continuous improvement in all that it does.

The firm is committed to delivering a consistently exceptional client experience, providing first-rate legal and commercial advice, employing the best people and demonstrating exceptional teamwork in all that it does. This approach is underpinned by an unrivalled commitment to Learning and Development, which would be the envy of many national firms.

The Services for Business Group includes all core commercial disciplines with additional specialisms in areas such as agriculture, alternative energy, education, franchising and licensing. Helping our clients succeed in their commercial ventures is a genuine motivation for the team, and our lawyers are recognised for their pragmatic solution-based approach.

The Individual Client Group focuses on developing enduring, long-term relationships with clients and their families. Lifetime and succession planning is key, alongside a full range of property and family law services, including mediation. Our niche French Legal Services team, and our close involvement with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, help to differentiate us from our competitors.

Our Injury Services Group is recognised as a centre of excellence within East Anglia and beyond and has attracted top-tier rankings in both Legal 500 and Chambers for Claimant Personal Injury and Claimant Clinical Negligence work for many years. They are also supported by one of the largest Court of Protection teams in the region.

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from all law and non-law graduates or from other eligible qualification routes.

We are looking to recruit people with good interpersonal skills, natural flair in dealing with people, commercial awareness, and with the ability, desire and drive to help grow our business. We value diverse interests and additional skills such as languages, commercial experience, sporting or community achievements.

How and when to apply

Applications for our 2024 and 2025 intakes will open in April 2024.

Your Training Programme

Trainees are trained to be potential leaders of the future, and we pride ourselves on an excellent training record.

Our training programme includes seats in many of our legal disciplines. Trainees work closely with partners and solicitors in a structured environment and with regular supervisory meetings, mid-seat and end-seat performance reviews.

Development of your skills takes place on-the-job and through the in-house trainee skills programme.  These include monthly half-day workshops on a variety of technical and essential skills training topics.

What is the deadline for applying?

Applications for our 2024 and 2025 intakes will open in April 2024.

How many places are available?

There are three places available each year.

What is the criteria for applying?

We expect candidates to have a minimum of a 2:1 or 300 UCAS points.

What do I need to demonstrate in my application?

Ashtons Legal are looking for candidates who have a keen interest in the law, have wide commercial awareness and good problem solving skills. The ideal candidate will also have common sense and the ability to work in a team.

How do I apply?

Applications for our 2024 intake have now closed. Applications for 2025 will reopen later in 2023.

What happens after I apply?

We will screen your application and if you have been successful, you will be shortlisted to attend a video interview.

Assessments take place in early summer and last a whole day. Throughout the assessment day you will examine a case study, be involved in a team working activity and attend a formal interview with one of our partners.


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