GradAustralia surveyed 28 graduates working at Ashurst. Read on to get an insider’s view on life as a graduate. 28 responses.
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
The hierarchy of the workplace depends largely on the team that you work in. In some teams lots of graduates work directly with their partners, while in others work is delegated through senior associates and lawyers.
HR were always available to answer questions throughout the recruitment process. My first interview was with a partner and HR representative. It was focused on my interests outside of law, my work experience and any extracurricular activities I had undertaken. My second interview was with a partner alone and was dedicated to me asking questions about the firm
The most important thing is learning about the firm's values. Understanding the values will allow you to determine if Ashurst is the right fit for you
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
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