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3.0
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57%
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64%
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Ashurst CEO James Collis
James Collis
25 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great environment, friendly people, very well-respected lawyers, good work-life balance (if you not a lawyer)(in 8 reviews)

  • "Good Location, canteen, flexible working(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Support staff get treated as sub-par employees to fee-earners(in 8 reviews)

  • "Long hours and questionable merger(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great place"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Ashurst full-time

      Pros

      Great team culture, great management

      Cons

      Difficult to progress beyond casual and part time work

      Ashurst2019-01-25
    • "Psychotic megalomaniacs treat you like money makinig monkeys"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Ashurst full-time

      Pros

      Can add 'top-tier law firm' experience in your CV. Working with smart people.

      Cons

      Due to the lack of separation of ownership and management, the workplace culture of Ashurst (and every other professional services firm, I'd imagine), is soul-destroying. Because the partners who run the practice owns the practice, their power is ultimate. And absolute power corrupts absolutely. So some of the partners are pschotic megalomaniacs who treat you as a scum and expect to be treated as the High King and God....

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      Ashurst2019-05-15
    • "Would not recommend working for Ashurst"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Ashurst full-time

      Pros

      Staff benefits that are touted as industry leading are really just basic benefits that are provided by every other law firm, e.g. gym and employee assistance program.

      Cons

      There is a massive gulf between those who work in support services and legal staff in how you are treated and viewed. Pay is below market as they include superannuation in the job offer. Technology is below par and hamstrung by lack of strong and clear direction in IT. Lack of career development opportunities. Do not expect support or communication from leadership. Very london-centric in leadership and direction

      Advice to Management

      Treat your staff as humans and not assets Stop being london-centric and start acting as a global firm

      Ashurst2019-04-24
    • "Good Culture From Management"

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      Former Employee - Vac Clerk in Sydney
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Ashurst full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      The upper management of the firm is very approachable and encourages a supportive culture.

      Cons

      People in the middle of the firms hierarchy are less supportive than senior personnel.

      Advice to Management

      None

      Ashurst2019-03-05
    • "Yr2"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Ashurst full-time

      Pros

      Good location And service

      Cons

      Bad working enviro Very limited support

      Ashurst2019-04-02
    • "Great people, great work"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Ashurst part-time

      Pros

      Genuinely friendly people, working on complex matters for major clients

      Cons

      Long hours for junior lawyers, like any top tier

      Ashurst2019-02-09
    • Helpful (1)

      "Great place to work, but"

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      Former Employee - Business Development in Sydney
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I worked at Ashurst full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Really collaborative BD team, excellent work life balance, strong mentoring and training from senior management, great feedback culture which is led by the firm's management and opportunities for progression.

      Cons

      Support staff get treated as sub-par employees to fee-earners. 70-80% of partners and lawyers are disgustingly rude and condescending to support staff on the regular. This is a regressive way to think as top talent won't stick around in that culture, and Ashurst has a negative reputation for this in the market globally. If you can't stick out constantly being treated as less competent, intelligent or worthy as someone...

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      Ashurst2019-01-24
    • "Ashurst IT"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Ashurst full-time

      Pros

      Cannot think of any pros

      Cons

      London-centric, process heavy, slow to make decisions, poor communication from above

      Ashurst2019-01-08
    • Helpful (1)

      "Below average culture"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Ashurst full-time

      Pros

      Flexible work arrangement, autonomy, great office location and facilities

      Cons

      Absolutely no culture or staff engagement. The work environment is sterile and it's next to impossible to form connections with colleagues. Friday drinks are offered once a month but almost nobody mingles outside of their groups. There's a huge divide between fee earners and support staff and this is only made worse by management excluding support staff from internal events.

      Advice to Management

      Invest in a staff engagement or culture overhaul to reward and recognise employees and encourage people to get to know their colleagues.

      Ashurst2018-11-06
    • "Excellent company"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Ashurst part-time

      Pros

      People, atmosphere, work ethic, diversity

      Cons

      All big decisions come from London

      Ashurst2018-08-03
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