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Ashurst

4.5
  • #6 in Law
  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Ashurst Reviews

GradAustralia surveyed 28 graduates working at Ashurst. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate.
4.5
Based on 28 reviews

Pros & Cons

  • Being able to work with a range of prestigious, exciting and complex clients; ability to rotate across a number practice groups to sample experience from across the firm; strong investment in my development as a graduate lawyer from day 1.
  • Strong graduate training curriculum and a very supportive culture.
  • The inclusive, diverse and friendly work environment.
  • High level of administrative and other support, outstanding training opportunities, exposure to a wide-range of work and clients.
  • Ashurst offers extensive support for the professional development of their staff. My colleagues are highly skilled yet down to earth. I value these qualities in my employer and fellow employees.
  • Sometimes deadlines are very tight resulting in long hours.
  • The coffee in the staff kitchen!
  • The greatest challenges are finding your way in a large team and a global firm. However, many opportunities to develop these skills -that the hours can be demanding.
  • As a large firm, it is difficult to get to know everyone who works in your office. However, as you rotate through three different practice groups graduate, you are placed in a position where you can meet your fellow colleagues gradually.
  • At times, the hours can be long and the deadlines are real, which can be a lot of pressure if that's not the sort of environment you're used to.

What Insiders Say

7.1
Career Prospects
7.1
Career Prospects
There is a clear progression path from Graduate to Lawyer to Senior Associate. The path is clear, and the requirements transparent.
8.8
Corporate Social Responsibility
8.8
Corporate Social Responsibility
Workplace giving, pro bono practice with set targets for all practice staff, reconciliation action plan.
8.7
Culture
8.7
Culture
My colleagues are supportive and happy to assist if I am unsure of something. There is a hierarchy at the firm, however, the partners are generally approachable to assist graduates.
8.1
Diversity
8.1
Diversity
The firm has strong diversity committees and champions for women in the law, LGBTI and indigenous issues. There are strong programs in place for female mentorship and an acknowledgement and response to issues of female underrepresentation in higher management. The firm tries very hard to remove biases from recruitment and do recruit from a diverse pool of law students, not just exclusively from seasonal clerkships.
8.4
Satisfaction
8.4
Satisfaction
Managing matters, researching a diverse range of legal areas, drafting legal documents, publications.
8.4
Management
8.4
Management
I have a supervising partner and lawyer assigned to me to support me during rotations.
8.8
Office Work Environment
8.8
Office Work Environment
There is no obligation on women to wear heels or men to wear ties and people show significant individuality through dress (should they choose to).
8.7
Recruitment
8.7
Recruitment
No formal assessment centres but there were two rounds of face-to-face interviews. Behavioural questions and questions geared towards finding where my interests in law lie.
7.9
Salary
7.9
Salary
Covers costs for PLT and offers limited study leave, free gym membership, discounted health insurance.
8.9
Training
8.9
Training
The knowledge and education component of the Ashurst Graduate Programme is phenomenal. We have almost weekly graduate training sessions on top of the usual training sessions available to the whole firm. I also find my colleagues' willingness to take time out to give me on-the-job training to be particularly excellent.
8.1
Work Hours
8.1
Work Hours
No pressure to stay back unless needed. Expectations to perform well are high, but this is not to be done at the expense of your well-being. If matters require late and weekend contact hours, this does not go unnoticed.
7.6
Sustainability
7.6
Sustainability
I have personally been involved in the Environment Committee. We work on reducing the footprint of the firm and running educational seminars on issues affecting our employees.