Careers at Foot Anstey

Exceptional experience. Serious opportunity.

Experience our vacation scheme

Our vacation schemes are a fantastic way to come and experience life at Foot Anstey for yourself, and see the work, the career and the life you could have here. During your vacation scheme, you will get the opportunity to work on live cases to understand the work you would be doing as a trainee. At the end of the week you will join an assessment centre and, if successful, you will be offered a training contract. Plus, we cover the costs of your travel and accommodation and pay you for your week of hard work, to ensure you have a stress-free experience!

A taster

See what it’s like to be a Lawyer in a fast-growing firm.

An insight

Gain a real insight into the type of work you would undertake as a Trainee Solicitor.

An experience

Experience the culture and buzz of our dynamic workplace.

Our Aspire programme

Aspire is our vacation scheme that allows you to apply for our training contract whilst learning about the firm and gaining additional work experience. You will spend time during that week working with our Trainees, Associates and Partners on live cases and learning more about the role of a Trainee Solicitor. You’ll also experience our culture and find out more about our sector approach. The week ends with a training contract assessment centre and those successful will be offered a place on our trainee programme.

Our Achieve programme 

Achieve is our vacation scheme specifically designed for individuals from under-represented groups within the UK. You will get the opportunity to gain legal work experience and work with our trainees, associates and Partners on live cases. In addition to the vacation scheme, you will be invited to attend a series of masterclass sessions which aim to give you an insight into areas such as Corporate and Finance, as well as developing your practical legal skills. At the end of the vacation scheme week, there will be a training contract assessment centre and those successful will be offered a training contract.

The application process

The process for applying for a Vacation Scheme is the same as for a Training Contract – because if you excel during our Vacation Scheme, there’s every chance of you being offered a Training Contract. There are three key stages to our application process: an online application, followed by an online assessment based around future potential. If you’re successful at these first stages, you’ll be invited to be part of the vacation scheme in Bristol which includes a training contract assessment centre at the end of the week.

We have partnered with Rare Recruitment to ensure everyone who applies to us has a fair and level opportunity – no matter what their background.  This is incredibly important to us; we are keen to grow the diversity of our firm and this is one of the many steps we are taking to make this happen.

Applications for our Vacation Scheme have now closed and will reopen later in the year. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact our Early Careers team.

Top tips for your application

Our Benefits

We pride ourselves on being a supportive employer, and we’re always looking at what our people need; to enjoy the best of work and life.

Your family

From fertility checks to enhanced parental leave.

Your lifestyle

From birthday leave to taking a sabbatical.

Your health

From our health cash plan to free eye tests.

Your wealth

From saving money on everyday purchases to investing in your pension.

People Stories

Hear from Trainees and Vacation Scheme participants about what makes Foot Anstey a special place to train, grow and pursue a career in law.

Contact us

We’re excited to hear from you and help you start your career journey. Check out our FAQs below and if you have any other questions, complete our contact form or get in touch directly.


Applications open from Monday 4 September and close midday on Tuesday 2 January for our Vacation Scheme and midday on Wednesday 31 January for our Training Contract.  Please make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute. Take your time and make the best possible application you can.

Our Vacation Scheme is a great way to experience Foot Anstey, and see the work you could be doing here. It’s also a great way to help you secure a Training Contract with us. Of course, if you’re ready to apply for a Training Contract, go ahead. We look forward to receiving your application.

Yes! We help you with the cost of travel and accommodation and you get paid for your week’s hard work.

There are three parts to our process – the online application, online assessment and then the vacation scheme with assessment centre. Read more about them above.

Yes. We take mitigating circumstances into consideration when reviewing applications. There is space on the application form for you to let us know what your mitigating circumstances relate to.

Yes. If people are close to the educational requirements we consider these as a whole with your application. In addition, we ask you to detail your grades so we can use our contextualised recruitment platform to contextualise your grades in comparison to your peer group.

Yes. For our internal applicants, we have our Internal Aspire programme. This provides the opportunity for internal applicants to join a vacation scheme and assessment centre for a training contract.

Any questions or queries?

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