Careers at Foot Anstey

Ambitious futures start here

At Foot Anstey we believe in empowering each other to achieve more. Not only in helping our clients fulfil their ambitions, but helping you achieve yours too.

Together, we are a dedicated team of business advisors, sector specialists and trusted partners. Our enthusiasm for solving challenges is what keeps our clients coming back. We take pride in always going the extra mile – creating the most innovative solutions that are easily integrated and actionable in our clients’ worlds. And our ambitious clients come in all shapes and sizes. You’ll get to work alongside well-known brands, ground-breaking new start-ups and high-net worth individuals.

Our values

Our aim is to become our clients’ most trusted advisor, enabling them to achieve their ambitions. But how we do it, is just as important as what we do. Our values guide the way we act, every day. From the way we operate as a business to how we treat our colleagues and clients.

Collaboration over convention

We aim to become our clients’ valued partners, acting as an extension of their team. We work seamlessly both with each other and with other organisations, in pursuit of a shared goal.

Champion Aspiration

We aim high and actively promote and celebrate success. We value an inclusive culture where everyone is encouraged to fulfil their potential.

Refreshingly Human

We take the time to get to know our clients and support them, building long-term relationships and speaking their language, not jargon.

Entrepreneurial spirit

We embrace a progressive mindset where everyone has a voice. We are empowered to act and contribute to the firm’s growth.

Deliver Integrated Thinking

We listen to understand our clients’ goals and challenges. We apply our sector and business knowledge so we can offer commercially savvy solutions to business challenges, at the speed of business. We take a flexible, not one-size fits all, approach.

Our Job Roles

Partners

Our Partners are given the autonomy and freedom they need to develop their own practice areas. We are an aspirational, entrepreneurial and innovative firm, proud of what we have achieved. We want our partners to help our clients achieve their ambitions, and help our business continue its successful growth. We have a clear sector strategy, and expect our partners to collaborate across our practice areas to deliver ambitious goals.

In return, you will be invested in and supported to achieve your ambitions. As well as the usual support on client development, and other business support functions, every new partner receives bespoke onboarding and coaching support which is unrivalled in the UK legal industry.

We know how daunting it can be to move firms at Partner level, so we will work with you to ensure your transition is a planned and positive experience. We will make your move to Foot Anstey as easy as possible from your very first contact with us. If you are interested in joining the Partnership then we’d love to hear from you.

Legal Careers

With our diverse client base, we are able to offer you an interesting and challenging career that will expand your horizons and broaden your skill base. We have clearly defined career frameworks in place that map out our expectations at each stage of your journey, so you can take ownership of the direction you want to move in.

We will develop you into a Business Advisor and will equip you with the tools needed to make this become a reality. Our recently developed Business Skills Academy has been designed with this in mind. This unique programme is far from traditional. From coaching skills sessions, to webinars, to focus groups and business skills, this is an engaging programme that is designed with you in mind.

Training Contracts

At Foot Anstey we recruit talented future solicitors into an environment which provides you with an opportunity to reach your full potential and become an accomplished business advisor to our clients. Throughout your training contract you will spend time in different teams and offices working with a variety of clients within our six key sectors, gaining exposure to different situations whilst collaborating with colleagues who will help you develop your legal and commercial expertise.

Our Training Contracts consist of six seats, enabling you to gain a broad based experience across of a number of practice areas. There will also be opportunities to complete a secondment with one of our clients or to work closely with one key client in our award winning ‘Virtual Trainee’ scheme. We believe in regular, open communication and interaction between our trainees and their supervisors and this is something you will experience every day. You will also have regular contact with our Managing Partner and Training Principle. We pride ourselves on encouraging a work environment that is friendly, professional, collaborative and supportive.

Professional Support

As a firm we value the contribution that every employee makes. Our Professional Support teams are vital to the success of the firm and as we’ve grown, our professional support teams have developed to reflect this.

We offer a range of specialist roles with excellent opportunities for career development. We also offer a broad Apprenticeship programme with the opportunity to gain a qualification in a related discipline, be that in Business Administration, CILEX, Accountancy or IT.

Early Careers & Work Experience

Are you interested in a career within a law firm? We have a variety of early career roles suitable for a huge range of people:

If you a Year 12-13 or an Undergrad interested in starting a career in commercial law? Apply for our work experience programmes to join one of our legal teams and experience what it is like to work as a lawyer in a commercial law firm. You will also have the opportunity to attend a variety of workshop sessions where you’ll find out more about what makes Foot Anstey tick and what we look for in the lawyers of the future!

For anyone who wants to gain a qualification alongside a full-time role our Apprenticeship roles are perfect for you- whether you’re a school leaver, a post-grad or a career changer.

Partners

Our Partners are given the autonomy and freedom they need to develop their own practice areas. We are an aspirational, entrepreneurial and innovative firm, proud of what we have achieved. We want our partners to help our clients achieve their ambitions, and help our business continue its successful growth. We have a clear sector strategy, and expect our partners to collaborate across our practice areas to deliver ambitious goals.

In return, you will be invested in and supported to achieve your ambitions. As well as the usual support on client development, and other business support functions, every new partner receives bespoke onboarding and coaching support which is unrivalled in the UK legal industry.

We know how daunting it can be to move firms at Partner level, so we will work with you to ensure your transition is a planned and positive experience. We will make your move to Foot Anstey as easy as possible from your very first contact with us. If you are interested in joining the Partnership then we’d love to hear from you.

Legal Careers

With our diverse client base, we are able to offer you an interesting and challenging career that will expand your horizons and broaden your skill base. We have clearly defined career frameworks in place that map out our expectations at each stage of your journey, so you can take ownership of the direction you want to move in.

We will develop you into a Business Advisor and will equip you with the tools needed to make this become a reality. Our recently developed Business Skills Academy has been designed with this in mind. This unique programme is far from traditional. From coaching skills sessions, to webinars, to focus groups and business skills, this is an engaging programme that is designed with you in mind.

Training Contracts

At Foot Anstey we recruit talented future solicitors into an environment which provides you with an opportunity to reach your full potential and become an accomplished business advisor to our clients. Throughout your training contract you will spend time in different teams and offices working with a variety of clients within our six key sectors, gaining exposure to different situations whilst collaborating with colleagues who will help you develop your legal and commercial expertise.

Our Training Contracts consist of six seats, enabling you to gain a broad based experience across of a number of practice areas. There will also be opportunities to complete a secondment with one of our clients or to work closely with one key client in our award winning ‘Virtual Trainee’ scheme. We believe in regular, open communication and interaction between our trainees and their supervisors and this is something you will experience every day. You will also have regular contact with our Managing Partner and Training Principle. We pride ourselves on encouraging a work environment that is friendly, professional, collaborative and supportive.

Professional Support

As a firm we value the contribution that every employee makes. Our Professional Support teams are vital to the success of the firm and as we’ve grown, our professional support teams have developed to reflect this.

We offer a range of specialist roles with excellent opportunities for career development. We also offer a broad Apprenticeship programme with the opportunity to gain a qualification in a related discipline, be that in Business Administration, CILEX, Accountancy or IT.

Early Careers & Work Experience

Are you interested in a career within a law firm? We have a variety of early career roles suitable for a huge range of people:

If you a Year 12-13 or an Undergrad interested in starting a career in commercial law? Apply for our work experience programmes to join one of our legal teams and experience what it is like to work as a lawyer in a commercial law firm. You will also have the opportunity to attend a variety of workshop sessions where you’ll find out more about what makes Foot Anstey tick and what we look for in the lawyers of the future!

For anyone who wants to gain a qualification alongside a full-time role our Apprenticeship roles are perfect for you- whether you’re a school leaver, a post-grad or a career changer.

A fast-moving, progressive firm

We’re passionate about helping our colleagues achieve their potential. That’s why we offer the support, training and development you need, at every stage of your career.

Our approach to Learning and Development is collaborative and forward thinking. We want to get the best out of our employees and have developed a Business Skills Academy to do just that. Our aim is to:

  • Give all of our employees best in class technical training in key areas:
    • Foster market foresight,
    • business insight and relationship development skills to become trusted strategic partners to our clients;
  • Accelerate our people’s career ambitions by supporting career management skills and conversations and being additive to our people’s skill sets and performance.

We are an ambitious business offering you excellent opportunities to develop your career, working alongside highly motivated colleagues. On top of that, you also get to live and work in fantastic South West locations

Ina Simon HR Director

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The wellbeing of our people is vital to us

We make no excuse for having high demands, but through our supportive and flexible approach our people enjoy working here and working together. We have no hierarchy, just a deep rooted supportive culture. We all have a shared vision and we collaborate and support each other so we all enjoy and benefit from the firm’s success.

We welcome discussion with you about working in any of our roles on a flexible basis.

Alongside achieving a meaningful career, you will enjoy a range of benefits when you join Foot Anstey. Our benefits package has been carefully designed with your wellbeing in mind, helping you to achieve a healthy balance.

From a weekly lifestyle hour, where all employees are encouraged to take an additional hour away from work, to family hours which enable you to exchange a day of holiday for time with your family, we are confident that our employees are achieving a healthy work life balance. You might even choose to take your lifestyle hour to join the Foot Anstey cycling group on one of their early morning rides.

Furthermore, our benefits package offers five weeks annual leave, with the option to buy and sell, a recruitment referral scheme, discounted shopping and gym membership. Once you’ve been with the firm for 10 years, you are also able to take a paid sabbatical.

Diversity & Inclusion

As a firm we believe in empowering each other to achieve our personal ambitions. We are constantly striving to develop a progressive and inclusive working environment, in which all of our people feel supported and encouraged.

Accreditations

We are a living wage employer

A living wage employer ensures that all employees aged 18 and over, including certain classes of contracted staff, are paid at least the living wage.

We are Stonewall Champions

We are part of the leading employers’ programme for supporting the development of LGBTQ+ inclusive work environments where every employee can thrive.

We are NES accredited

Participation in a NES assessment ensures long term sustainable change, a beneficial impact in productivity and growth and provides a detailed roadmap with recommendations to help implement those areas requiring improvement.