Freshfields is an international commercial law firm that supports its clients wherever in the world they operate.
We advise some of the world's biggest companies on how to grow, strengthen and defend their businesses. If you're keen to pursue a career in commercial law, we can offer you some of the most interesting work around.
Working for us means you'll help our clients achieve their business goals, from advising them on mergers and acquisitions to resolving their disputes and commercial challenges.
If you want to find solutions that work in the real, commercial world – not just the ones that reflect what's right or wrong in law – we could be the right choice for you.
We’re looking for up to 80 people to start training with us in London in 2022, split between two intakes in February and August.
It doesn't matter what your background is, which university you went to or the degree you studied. What does matter is that you have intellectual talent, excellent written and spoken English, and that you work well with other people.
The work you'll do with us will nearly always be complicated, so to do well you'll need to enjoy being challenged.
Training and development
Flexibility is key in our training contract. If you train with us, you can try up to eight seats.
Our market-leading training contract offers you a wide breadth of experience across our many areas of law. All trainees see at least one seat in dispute resolution and at least two seats in global transactions (across corporate, finance and real estate). You can choose other seats in antitrust, competition and trade; people and reward; and tax.
Don’t worry, we don’t expect you to know what type of law you want to specialise in – not many people do at this stage. Instead, we think your training should be all about trying different things. You might choose several specialist teams that interest you, or return to a seat you want to qualify into. You’ll be able to return to larger practice groups as well.
To help you learn about the different seats on offer, we’ll invite you to a ‘departmental fair’ in our London office before you arrive at Freshfields. After that we offer regular drop-in advice sessions on seat moves.
If you want to get a taster of what we do, you could apply for one of our workshops or vacation schemes.
Our three-week summer vacation schemes are an exciting way to find out more about life at Freshfields before considering applying for a training contract.
You’ll do real work, participate in group exercises, meet associates and partners, and attend social events organised by trainees. It’s your opportunity to really immerse yourself in the work and culture that Freshfields has to offer. You will receive a weekly payment of £400 and eligible students can also apply for a financial bursary to help towards living costs.
If, at the end of the three-week vacation scheme, you decide you’d like to be considered for a training contract, you can have an interview.
Salary & Benefits
Our trainee starting salary is £45,000 in the first year, rising to £51,000 in the second year.
We offer a full range of benefits in our central London office including an on-site gym, and private medical and dental care.
There’s also the opportunity to get involved in our thriving pro bono programme and the many social networks that connect people across our firm.
The firm pays the fees and a maintenance grant for both the Legal Practice Course and the Graduate Diploma in Law.
It doesn’t matter what your background is, which university you went to or the degree you studied. What does matter is that you have intellectual talent, excellent written and spoken English, and that you work well with other people.
The work you’ll do with us will nearly always be complicated, so to do well you’ll need to enjoy being challenged.