Freshfields is one of the world’s oldest and most successful international law firms. As such, we have a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world's leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on their business-critical mandates, wherever and whenever they arise. Whether it’s entering new markets, defending corporate reputation or managing multijurisdictional regulation, we are renowned for breaking new legal ground to help clients go further.
Our 2,800 plus lawyers deliver results worldwide through our own offices in the world’s main business centres. We also work alongside leading local firms and, as a result, more than a third of our revenue comes from markets where we don’t have a permanent presence.
Our commitment, local and multinational expertise, and business know-how means our clients can rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a rapidly changing world.
Our people make our firm. It doesn’t matter what your background is, which university you went to or the degree you studied. What we are looking for is people who think globally and are at their best when working with other people.
You also need to be able to deliver a consistent, high-quality service across the globe. This means understanding not only the law, but also each client’s own business, the sector in which it operates, and the broader economic, political and cultural factors that affect the decisions it makes. That’s why we look for graduates who are creative, open-minded and curious about different ways of doing things.
Starting salary: £45,000 in the first year, rising to £51,000 in the second year.
Freshfields is looking for up to 80 people to start training with them in London in 2022, split between two intakes in February and August.
All trainees must spend one three-month seat in disputes resolution (DR), as well as at least two seats in our global transactions group (with a choice of corporate, finance and real estate). Of course, you’re probably not sure which of these areas interests you most. Don’t worry – not many people do at this stage. Our eight-seat training contract offers plenty of opportunities to experience and specialise in our many areas of law.
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.
The vacation scheme application window is open from:
Monday 1 October 2019 – Monday 6 January 2020
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.
For further information and details about the application procedure, learn more and then apply now!
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.