Firm Overview

Our strengths

As a global law firm with a rich history spanning almost 200 years, we’ve established ourselves as a leading adviser to corporates, financial institutions and governments, on all areas of the law including finance, M&A, disputes and competition.

We’re renowned for helping our clients navigate through a complex and constantly evolving global landscape. With 26 offices across the world’s leading financial and resource centres, we offer the reach and insight of a global network combined with deep local market knowledge.

Our people are our greatest asset. We bring together lawyers of the highest calibre with the expertise, industry experience and regional know-how to provide the incisive advice our clients need. As a global team we have a reputation for successfully managing large and complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, disputes and projects, and for delivering outstanding outcomes for clients.

How we work together

The different cultures, communities and countries within which we operate around the world are immensely varied. The way we actually interact with each other isn’t. The simple fact is: people here like working with each other. We help and challenge each other to develop our thinking and deliver our best work. In every office, you’ll find different perspectives, backgrounds, cultures and personalities to learn from.

Our Culture

Open-minded, friendly, considerate – as people and as a firm we’re good company. There’s something about how we are with each other that leads naturally to collaboration. Actually, let’s go further: working together is how we thrive. We’re a community, and we want you to feel part of it.

Don’t be fooled: this isn’t the place to come for an easy ride. Performing at a high level is important to everyone here, and that can mean working long hours, under pressure and to tight deadlines. We ask a lot of ourselves.

We also give a lot to each other. Support is everywhere – from structured training, supervision and honest feedback. On a personal and professional level, whether you’re a partner or a graduate you know there’s someone who cares about your wellbeing as well as your billable hours.

What distinguishes your firm from others?

With our technical expertise, local knowledge and international network, we deliver an experience for our clients that other professional service providers find hard to match. We are committed to being a sustainable global law firm, having positive impacts for our clients, employees, profession, the environment and the communities in which we are based.

Seasonal clerkships

Want to know exactly what our work is like? For many of our future graduates, that variety of experience begins with a seasonal clerkship, which will give you an intensive insight into life at Ashurst. The aim of our clerkships is to expose you to as much real work as possible, to help you make an informed decision about whether this is the right firm (and career) for you.

For that reason, we’ll allocate you a supervisor and a buddy who can explain their work to you, include you in meetings and conference calls, and give you tasks to tackle. Depending on the office you join, you’ll spend time in either one or two practice areas.

After completing your clerkship, you’ll have the opportunity to be considered for a place on our graduate programme.

Graduate Programme

Variety is key to developing the kind of expertise that will set you apart – through both the training you receive and the experience you gain.

A thorough induction will kick off our programme, introducing you to all the resources you’ll need to support your work and training. Over the course of the 18 month graduate programme, you’ll enjoy a mix of classroom and on-the-job experience.

In collaboration with you, we plan three rotations of six months each and review that plan at regular intervals. Each rotation starts with a handover and training, complete with technical expertise, so you know exactly what to expect.

What does your firm look for in a seasonal clerk?

There’s absolutely no Ashurst “type”. We want to actively involved a broad range of minds with a broad range of backgrounds, all united by a common set of strengths.

  • Excellent academic record and a passion to develop a career in an elite international law firm

  • Outstanding communication skills

  • Analytical ability, motivation, determination and drive

  • Commercial awareness

  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills

Pro bono and Corporate Responsibility

Corporate responsibility (CR) at Ashurst encompasses our community involvement, place-to-work and environmental initiatives. Pro bono is considered a stand-alone legal practice and we regard pro bono legal work as an integral part of our professional responsibility. Both the CR program and pro bono practice are led by a fulltime partner.

We are passionate about using our skills and resources to support projects and initiatives where we believe we can make a real difference. Our lawyers help us to achieve this by providing their time, expertise and experience in any number of different ways, ranging from the provision of pro bono legal advice to charitable fundraising.


What you say in your application is up to you: but be sure to express your personality and tell us why you want to be a commercial lawyer – and why you’d like to join Ashurst in particular.

We offer clerkships in each of our Australian offices, application and recruitment dates are aligned to the state guidelines.  You'll firstly need to decide which office you want to clerk in, and only make one application. For Sydney, apply between Tuesday 11 June and Sunday 14 July 2019.

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