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Working with Ashurst Reach

From time to time, our clients' circumstances and resourcing needs change. At times they'll need access to high quality and flexible legal professionals. Read more about our flexible resources offering.

Join Ashurst Reach, our firm's dedicated on-demand legal consulting team that connects top-tier lawyers with short-to-medium term consulting opportunities within the firm and in-house secondments with our clients.

We work with lawyers from a broad range of commercial specialisations, including corporate, disputes, employment, financial services, IP, projects, planning and environment, real estate and technology.

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What we can offer you

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A flexible career

Do you want a flexible career, not just a flexible role? We listen to your goals and provide variety, choice and control over how and when you work.

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More variety and choice

You have the choice. Whether that be to support Ashurst internally, undertake in-house legal roles with our clients, or both.


Greater control

You decide how you work. Short-term or longer-term placements. Full-time, part-time, ad hoc or somewhere in between.


Personalised service

Our dedicated Reach team will support and guide you, whether you're a seasoned legal consultant or trying contract roles for the first time.

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Ashurst support

You work alongside other dynamic and committed professionals at Ashurst. You can also tap into the firm's wealth of knowledge and experience during a secondment.

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Career development

Are you looking to broaden your skillset and try something new? Or hone your specialist expertise? We'll help you achieve your ambitions.

The recruitment process

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"Joining Ashurst Reach has been one of the smartest decisions I have made for my career. I now have the ability to rapidly extend my practice across new sectors; network with an inspiring circle of professionals including the Ashurst community; grow in confidence sharing my skill set with both emerging and established clients; and importantly, balance my working week having regard to the needs of my young family."

Jessica Morris, Reach Legal Consultant

Alistair Clevely

"Being a consultant with Reach has been a hugely positive experience allowing me to take my career in a different direction. Reach match my skills and experience to client needs. The thing that stands out the most for me is the sense of value-add I have brought to roles and the appreciation clients have expressed for the work delivered - which I know from experience is not something you always get in a permanent role"

Alistair Clevely, Reach Legal Consultant

Frequently asked questions

No.  A legal consultant can work with us either via traditional consultancy arrangements (an incorporated legal practice) or as employees.

Legal consultants in the UK are engaged on fixed term contracts We can discuss how this works this during your interview.

No two legal roles we source are the same. Legal consultants may work on familiar subject matters, but adapt to a new organisation or industry approach. Legal consulting offers variety and is a great avenue for expanding your legal skills.

Consulting contracts usually start at 3-6 months. But each contract role is different and contract extensions are common. Length is usually dictated by factors like project deadlines, leave periods or recruitment processes.

Legal consultant jobs come in all shapes and sizes, including part-time. We generally see demand for flex resources to be available between 3-5 days equivalent per week.

That's great. We work with a number of contract lawyers who are in-house legal specialists. Our priority is to help you build the legal career you want through short term contract roles.

In essence, we aim to facilitate opportunities that will support your goals. You may be an employment contract lawyer seeking to change specialties and secure a general commercial lawyer job. You may want specific industry experience. Or you may be at a stage in life where you want the 'flexibility' in 'flexible resourcing' – taking breaks between contracts to pursue other passions, or working less traditional hours or working patterns. Whatever your goals, Ashurst Reach can help you achieve them whilst maintaining an engaging legal career.

A secondment is specifically when you are working in-house on a short-term contract via Ashurst Reach. You will have a direct contractual relationship with Ashurst, and Ashurst will hold the contractual relationship with the client. On secondment, you are fulfilling the clients resourcing needs whilst acting as an ambassador of Ashurst, with the firm's support behind you.


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Inclusion, Diversity & Belonging

Our inclusive and diverse culture stands at the heart of everything we do. For more information on our initiatives and the support we provide please follow the link below.

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Agency submissions and candidate introductions will only be accepted with prior approval from a member of the Ashurst Talent Acquisition team. To submit or introduce a candidate, an agency must have valid agreed terms of business in place with Ashurst. Any agency submissions or candidate introductions made without prior approval or without the agreed terms of business in place will be considered invalid.


We are committed to offering a safe and welcoming environment for our employees and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. With diversity and inclusion at the heart of what we do we place a strong emphasis on working with people from diverse communities and aim to make a positive impact through our Social Impact programmes.

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Ashurst is committed to ensuring an accountable workplace culture. Candidates are encouraged to report any ethical or conduct concerns to our confidential email address:

Please note that this email address should not be used for general enquiries about, or applications for, job positions available at Ashurst as they will not be passed onto the relevant team. Any recruitment enquires should be directed to