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. On top of this, we will do everything we can to support your LPC, and if required, GDL 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
  • Property Litigation
  • Construction
  • Planning 
  • Islamic Finance
  • Media/IP Litigation 


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 June, 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. At the end of the week you will have an assessment for a training contract.
These are designed to see you at your best, not to trip you up. We will focus on assessing your potential of becoming a successful solicitor with us. To take part in our vacation scheme, please submit your application by 1 April 2019.

What our trainees think


Daniel Long
Trainee Solicitor

“What really struck me about Foot Anstey was the impressive year-on-year growth figures”


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


Trainee Open Evening

Tuesday 5th March at 17:00 to 19:00    


 We are holding an open evening designed to dispel some of the myths surrounding assessment centres and to give you some insight into what we are looking for from you on the day.  We will cover advice on interviews and what kind of preparation you can do in advance, group tasks with a chance to take part in a mock exercise and you'll also hear from some of our current trainees on how to make the most of your assessment centre or vacation scheme experience.

You'll find us at 2 Glass Wharf, Bristol, BS2 0FR

To register, email: with your name and details of your course (uni, course title and year).



Recruitment process



On 1 October 2018 we opened our vacation scheme and training contract application process.  We are recruiting for 2020, 2021 and 2022.

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 by 1 June 2019.

Vacation Scheme Placement and Training Contract - Please submit your application online by 1 April 2019. Our vacation schemes are a week long and will be held in June and July 2019 in our Bristol, Exeter and Plymouth offices.



Current vacancies