What we can offer you




We are always looking for exceptional lawyers to join our team. We expect technical and legal excellence as a given, coupled with a strong specialist understanding in a specific sector and/or practice area. You will be a highly commercial participator with a focus on developing strong, long-lasting business relationships with your clients and with others. It goes without saying that you are continuously looking for opportunities to improve your professional and commercial skill set and to develop yourself for the future.

Entry levels


Legal Director

We strive to deliver an exceptional service at all times. As an inspirational leader and role model for others, you will too. A senior lawyer is of vital importance to our teams, you have an outstanding technical and subject matter expertise combined with a deep sector understanding and knowledge. Highly commercially-orientated, you are capable of dealing with complex client relationships through a combination of your first rate technical expertise, your business skills and your exceptional approach to client service. From here, you have the opportunity to progress to partner level.


You will bring a significant depth and range of legal experience and knowledge in your own practice area, coupled with strong sector experience and knowledge, thanks to your proven track record as an experienced solicitor. Working closely with partners, legal directors and directly with clients, you will build strong working relationships with everyone around you, thanks to your excellent commercial and business skills. Your next career move could see you progress into either a legal director or partner role - with our support every step of the way. 


Joining us as a qualified solicitor, we will ask you to support our senior lawyers and partners. Bringing a confidence in your practice area, you will be an excellent team player and have a talent for client service. In return, we will encourage and support you, providing the opportunity to further enhance your specialist knowledge of your chosen practice area.

Chartered Legal Executive

A fantastic team player, you are a qualified lawyer with a deep and technical subject matter expertise. You will focus on providing exceptional service to clients within that specialist area and will be a first-class support to our solicitors and other senior lawyers.

Career development


We have a clear learning and development strategy in place that is aligned to the firm's business plans and overall strategy. We focus on enabling and enhancing performance by looking at three key areas of capability: core capabilities for your role, client development in terms of quality of advice and service and building exceptional client relationships, and finally, commercial business management skills.

Following on from this, all our lawyers, from legal executives to legal directors, have access to development programmes that support their career development and progression. Each individual programme is tailored to the relevant stage in your legal career, with an eye to career progression. There's a clear focus on Lawyers of all levels to support the learning of others, such as learning through supervision and feedback.

Personal development programme

All our lawyers at every level have access to development programmes that support your performance in your current role, as well as your career development and progression. Each programme is tailored to the relevant stage in your legal career, with an eye on facilitating career progress. There is a clear focus on lawyers of all levels to support the learning of others, including learning by practical experience on the job and through regular supervision and feedback.

Further professional development

We are committed to supporting our people through ongoing professional development in line with developing subject and market expertise. This may include gaining deeper technical knowledge including formal qualifications as well as broader business and commercial management skills. In addition, we regularly support people through the CILEx route to becoming a qualified lawyer and have many examples of those who have successfully progressed through this route.

Associates programme

Our associates programme supports the development of our associates, both in the transition into this role and as preparation for future progression to partnership or Legal Director. The Forum meets regularly during the year, bringing together all our associates to provide an important internal networking and sharing opportunity, as well as a place for more structured development opportunities focused on building client and commercial skills for the future.

What our Lawyers think


Laura Millman
Senior Associate, Plymouth

“I believe that the best aspects of working for Foot Anstey are the people and the autonomy you're given.”


Michelle Biddulph
Legal Director, Exeter

“Good work/life balance and a culture of hardworking professionalism is what makes Foot Anstey a great place to work.”


Henry Humphreys
Senior Associate, Bristol

“There's a platform here to nurture your own network and the firm has been really good at supporting me in developing the practice.”


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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25-30 days’ annual leave (dependant on role)

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

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Weekly lifestyle hour

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Contributory pension

Childcare vouchers

Childcare voucher scheme

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Private medical insurance (limited to specific roles)

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Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption arrangements

Life Assurance

Life assurance

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Employee assistance programme

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Cycle to work scheme

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Discounted shopping

Employee Referral Scheme

Employee referral scheme

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Parking (limited to specific roles)

Practice areas

Working environment

Our working environment

Recruitment process


Online application

Once you have identified a vacancy that you wish to apply for, please complete the online application form which is managed through our recruitment system.

Initial interview

If your application is successful, you will then be invited in for an initial interview with a partner so we can find out more about you. And vice versa: so that you can find out more about us.

Assessment session

If you are successful at this stage, we will invite you back to a more detailed panel interview and assessment session with a number of partners. This will typically also involve some informal time with potential colleagues to give you the opportunity to find out what it is really like to work here.