Ashurst expects a great deal from its trainee solicitors. You need more than a sharp commercial awareness and burning ambition to practise law there. They look for natural leaders who will quickly become respected figures in their field.
Ashurst works with all manner of organisations, from a wide range of industries. In addition to their long-standing strength in banking and investment management, they are now respected for their work in construction, energy, insurance, healthcare, life sciences, private equity, technology, communications and media, and transport.
Ashurst serves a diverse range of clients, many of whom have entrusted them with their legal interests for a number of years. Their clients include Apax, Balfour Beatty, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Centrica, Credit Suisse, Crossrail, Deutsche Bank, Hitachi, GE, Goldman Sachs, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsui, Nomura, Tesco, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Virgin Media, Westfield and WM Morrison Supermarkets.
In the words of Senior Partner Charlie Geffen:
“Working in one of the leading international law firms gives you an opportunity to encounter a wide variety of challenges, to get close to many different types of business and to experience many different cultures; few careers can offer such variety and challenge, and the chance to work with so many outstanding people.
But not all law firms are the same. Every organisation develops its own culture and you will need to find out which law firm suits you best. Here at Ashurst, we have a strong entrepreneurial culture within a firm that is not so large or institutional that individualism cannot flourish. It is important to us that the people who work here can have a sense of fun; clients not only want the highest quality legal skills, commercial acumen and service: they also want a team of lawyers who enjoy working with each other.
For me, joining Ashurst was one of the best things I have done. If you are thinking about a career in an international law firm and are looking for a supportive and unstuffy work environment, we would like to hear from you. Bringing out the best in the people that we recruit is a way for us to maintain and build on our high reputation.”
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