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Ambitious futures start here – learn why Foot Anstey could be the right fit to unlock your potential.

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Become a trusted advisor

At Foot Anstey our aim is to become our clients’ most trusted adviser, enabling them to achieve their ambitions. For both our clients and our trainees, how we achieve this is just as important as what we do, and our trainee programme is designed to help you achieve your ambitions.

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Our trainee programme is structured to create an environment which provides you with an opportunity to stand out from the crowd, reach your full potential and become an accomplished business advisor to our clients.

What do we offer you?

Virtual Client Secondments

We offer you the chance to work closely with one key client in our award winning ‘Virtual Trainee’ scheme.

Aligned to one client for the duration, you will effectively be a trainee for that client on a virtual basis, gaining first hand experience of clients’ needs and challenges whilst still being able to benefit from all of what Foot Anstey has to offer.

PGDL and LPC/SQE Sponsorship

We are able to offer you support through sponsorship, available for both the LPC/SQE and PGDL. On top of that we provide a bursary for each year of study (currently £5,000 per year).

We know that this can be a huge weight off your shoulders and lets you minimise worry and focus on getting the best start to your legal career.


A training contract at Foot Anstey

Throughout your training contract you will receive first class training and support to ensure you reach your potential.

With an A rating from Legal Cheek for our Training, Quality of Work, Peer Support, and Partner Approachability you can be sure that you will qualify having been part of a great team and gained hands on legal experience with clients in an environment that is friendly and supportive.

As a trainee you will be involved with client work from day one. We want you to put your knowledge to the test in commercial situations in order to learn how to deliver legal solutions to clients.

With over 550 people working across our network of seven locations in the South West and South, we provide exceptional legal services and advice to a portfolio of regional, national and international clients.

We are proud to have been Highly Commended at the Legal Cheek Awards for Best Law Firm for Quality of Work 20

Our Training Contracts consist of four seats of six months. During this time you will work closely with clients across a number of sectors gaining a huge amount of experience in different areas of law.

At all times you will be supported by your supervisor and colleagues all of whom are there to help you to develop your legal and commercial expertise.

We are among the UK’s top 100 law firms, with over 50 partners and over 500 staff and have been named in numerous awards that include the British Legal Awards, and have been recognised in the FT Innovative Lawyers’ report.

Alongside achieving a meaningful career, you will enjoy a huge range of benefits when you join Foot Anstey that have been carefully designed with your wellbeing in mind, including access to our wellbeing and CSR programmes.

Our benefits package includes five weeks annual leave, a recruitment referral scheme, discounted shopping and gym membership, a weekly lifestyle hour, volunteering opportunities and the opportunity to take a paid sabbatical once you’ve been with the firm for 10 years.

Sign up to our Insights sessions

We will be running virtual and in person insight sessions across our offices. Join to find out more from our current trainees, lawyers and recruitment team about what Foot Anstey is like and how to succeed with your application.

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The application process

Throughout the application process you’ll see that it’s geared around getting to know you as a person. You won’t find any pre-recorded interview requests or overly long-winded forms and stages. You’ll deal with real people at every stage and find out as much about us as we will about you.

Additionally, our Vacation Scheme offers a week of work experience during which you will be aligned to a team, gain invaluable insight into our business, and find out what makes us different from other law firms.

Don't just take our word for it

What our trainees say

I have been exposed to great work from the outset of my training contract

Rosie Lepper Trainee Solicitor

It never felt like there was a hierarchy and partners were really approachable

Lowenna Carlson Solicitor

The firm has a genuinely supportive culture and every team that I have worked in has taken a keen interest in my development as a junior lawyer

Liam Henderson Solicitor

I believe that my experience as a virtual trainee for a client will help me become an advisory lawyer.

Catherine Owlett Solicitor

Foot Anstey really does deliver on its friendly, approachable and supportive ethos.

Ross Sellman-Leava Solicitor

I worked as a corporate legal assistant for a year before undertaking the legal practice course. This not only gave me a great insight into commercial and property law, but also what it would be like to work as a trainee in the firm.

Lucie Wickens Solicitor

I would highly recommend the Virtual Trainee Programme. The experience has allowed me to grow in confidence and tailor legal advice to a client, taking into account their approach to business.

Chloe Phare Solicitor

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