Fieldfisher Graduate Careers
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The AllAboutLaw perspective on Fieldfisher
Fieldfisher provides the best of both worlds: a wide range of practice areas and clients, plus a supportive culture. With offices all over the world, the firm has worked with clients big and small, with a primary focus on intellectual property and technology. Past trainees have praised the fact that the firm also leads in personal injury, medical negligence and asbestos disease claims, commenting that it’s an “indication of the firm’s general approach and social consciousness.”
The firm is renowned for its excellent insight into the latest market practice, and keeps up-to-date with current developments and their impacts on their clients. Trainees get the chance to learn about a variety of different aspects of law from leaders in their field.
Trainees get a slice of the action from their first day, which offers a great chance to develop your legal skills and grow in confidence. You’ll also have plenty of support from a mentor who has recently qualified, as well as a senior lawyer. Trainees have “felt supported to take on new challenges which were entirely outside my comfort zone.”
Fieldfisher are also greatly committed to their community. The firm has a charity of the year initiative, where the firm holds a variety of different events to raise money for this specific charity. Past events have included sponsored abseils and comedy nights. Other volunteering initiatives have included reading with primary school students and providing pro bono advice to charities.
What the firm says
With 1,700 lawyers in 25 offices worldwide, trainees at Fieldfisher get the chance to work with a variety of international clients, ranging from high street coffee chains to social media sites. This wide breadth of clients is greatly appreciated by current lawyers “what I do is tangible - I see and visit properties I have bought, sold and let every day - wine bars, restaurants, shops.”
Trainees get to work in a variety of different practice areas, ranging from the standard corporate and real estate to the more unusual cannabis and artificial intelligence. Unlike other firms, there are no seat requirements, ensuring every trainee has full autonomy over their career decisions. Fieldfisher is also committed to giving back to the community and pro bono work, with past clients including the International Paralympic Committee and the Prisoner’s Advice Service.
- London Trainee£43,500
- Manchester Trainee£29,500
- Birmingham Trainee£29,500
- GDL course fees paidYes
- GDL living costs grant£5,500
- LPC course fees paidYes
- LPC living costs grant£6,000
- Retention rateUndisclosed
- UK Offices3
- London NQ£77,000
- Manchester NQ£45,000
- Birmingham NQ£45,000
- Winner - Most Sustainable Recruitment Process
- Recognised Excellence - Best Events
- Recognised Excellence - Most Sustainable Recruitment Campaign
- A-levels ABB
- Degree 2:1 or above
Fieldfisher believes that diversity is fundamental to the success of the firm. They believe that having a diverse workforce that is properly supported means that everyone feels valued and more confident in their abilities.
To encourage a diverse pool of applicants, the firm has a diversity access scheme aimed at students from marginalised backgrounds (for example ethnic minorities and those with disabilities). The scheme allows these students to gain legal work experience, develop their professional skills and network with employees and fellow students.
Inside the firm, there are a variety of different networks for those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Current groups support women, ethnic minorities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, to name but a few. These networks provide a place for employees to share their experiences and for allies to learn about the struggles these groups face.
For their efforts to improve diversity in the workplace, Fieldfisher have been accredited by the National Equality Standard, which assesses equality, diversity and inclusion in the workforce. They were the third law firm to achieve this.