Training Contracts

A training contract with Foot Anstey




We like our trainees to stand out from the crowd. We look for excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build effective working relationships both internally and externally. We would also like you to have a genuine interest in the future plans and direction of Foot Anstey.

It goes without saying that all of our trainees have an exceptional academic background with a 2:1 degree or above in either Law or non-law with GDL. On top of this, we will do everything we can to support your LPC studies. We take into account your potential areas of law interest as well as your previous work experience, both legal and non-legal, and positions of responsibility, to ensure we get the full picture of you and your capabilities.

Contract timeline


Our training programme is designed to help you reach your full potential.

As one of our trainees, you will undertake six seats of four months across two years. Regular, open communication with your supervisors comes as standard. You will get lots of exposure to different situations and to people within the firm who will help you to develop your legal and commercial expertise, in an environment that is friendly and supportive.

We encourage our trainees to spend time in all our different office locations and practice areas across the region, including:
  • Commercial Property
  • Disputes Resolution
  • Commercial
  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Property Litigation
  • Construction
  • Planning 
  • Islamic Finance
  • Media/IP Litigation 
  • Agriculture 

When you start, we will offer you a detailed induction and on-boarding programme over your first three months and assign you a buddy from the existing Trainee/NQ population. Our on-going training sessions help prepare you to become a fully qualified solicitor – both legal and non-legal – throughout your two-year training contract. You may also have the opportunity for a secondment with one of our clients as part of your training. Completing your PSC via the University of Law, there is a tailored training programme in place for trainees incorporating PSC modules and additional trainee-focused training. We put an emphasis on supported personal and professional development throughout your training contract and into your NQ period.

The last 12 months have seen our training sessions include:
  • Personal and professional impact
  • Working effectively
  • Time management
  • Conflict management
  • Networking
  • Law firm finance
  • Effective presentations

We ask all our Trainees to play a key role in our CSR and charitable activities - and you're actively encouraged to get involved in the firm's social calendar. As part of that you will also have a twice-yearly lunch with the Managing Partner.

Vacation scheme

Vacation Scheme

Our summer vacation scheme offers a short period of work experience during July, providing a valuable insight into our business and our different areas of legal expertise for those interested in applying for our training contracts.

Your first day will be spent finding out more about the firm followed by a period of time spent in a single office or practice area. If you do well on your work experience scheme, you will be invited to attend an assessment day that could see you become one of our trainees.
To take part in our vacation scheme, please submit your application by 30 April 2018. Applications will be shortlisted during June and we will contact you directly with more details.

What our trainees think


Charlotte Hugo

“I've enjoyed the early level of responsibility here and I’ve been able to take the lead when it comes to smaller projects.”


Reward and benefits

Reward and benefits

Working at Foot Anstey, you will be entitled to a range of reward and benefits through our flexible benefits programme: Choices. Our competitive package includes the following:

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25 days’ annual leave

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Ability to buy or sell up to a week’s holiday per annum

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Weekly lifestyle hour

Life Assurance

Life assurance

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Income protection

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Contributory pension with salary exchange option

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Employee assistance programme

Childcare vouchers

Childcare voucher scheme

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Cycle to work scheme

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Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption arrangements

Employee Referral Scheme

Employee referral scheme

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Discounted shopping

Practice areas

Working environment

Our working environment

Come and meet us


You will have an opportunity to meet the graduate recruitment team (including partners) at upcoming law fairs and events. We would very much like to encourage you to come and say hello and get your questions answered.

Our next event will be an open evening in Bristol on Wednesday 28 March 2018, we'll be holding informal round table talks with partners, lawyers and trainees, you be able to find out what is it really like to train with us. If you are interested in attending please send an email to for more information.

Recruitment process



Due to our continued growth, we're now recruiting for Training Contracts for 2019 and 2020.

To apply to be considered for a trainee place with Foot Anstey, there are two routes available:

For the Training Contract only - Please submit your application online via the link below by 1 June 2018 for our 2019 and 2020 start dates.

Vacation Scheme Placement and Training Contract - Please submit your application online via the link below by 30 April 2018. (Please note our vacation scheme will be a week in July, in our Bristol, Exeter and Plymouth offices)


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