Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market-leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technology, finance & financial services, energy & natural resources, life sciences and media.
Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our Silicon Valley and China colleagues. We also work in a number of other jurisdictions through dedicated country teams.
Among our clients, we count social media sites and high street coffee chains as well as pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, banks and technology leaders.
Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and experience, on time and on budget.
Our network has more than 1,550 people working across 25 offices providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.
We operate across our offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Manchester, Munich, Milan, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Turin, Venice and Silicon Valley.
In June 2019, Fieldfisher was awarded a 5 star ranking for client service by The Legal 500. It was one of only five firms in the top 25 list of UK-headquartered firms to receive 5 stars based on client feedback.
2018 saw Fieldfisher named Law Firm of the year at the Legal Business Awards. In 2017, we were named Law Firm of the Year in Western Germany at the Juve Awards, and Law firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards.
The firm was ranked in the list of top 20 most innovative law firms in Europe in the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2018.
Fieldfisher's Condor Alternative Legal Solutions won the award for ‘New Business and Service Delivery Models’ at the FT Innovative Lawyers Europe Awards 2017. We also won Personal Injury Team of the Year at the Solicitors Journal Awards 2017.
The training contract is spread over four seats of six months’ duration. Trainees are given the opportunity to put forward their preferences for seats for each of the rotations.
The first two weeks are devoted to the Professional Skills Course and a Firm Induction Course. The elective modules of the Professional Skills Course are covered in 24 sessions throughout the training period. Other internal training programmes are scheduled regularly covering practical skills, latest developments in business and practice, resources for information, etc.
During each seat, trainees will sit with a supervising partner or associate and trainees are expected to take on as much responsibility as early as possible. Work assigned will include documentation, research, handling small claims or cases, meeting with clients and visiting courts if necessary.
An informal mid-seat and formal end-of-seat review will appraise trainee performance, areas for improvement and further movement to the next seat.
Internships & Placements
The firm runs a two vacation schemes, one over the Easter period and one in the Summer. Both schemes are two weeks in duration and ten positions are available on each scheme. Attendees on the vacation scheme spend the two weeks in one department (preferences are taken into consideration) and do real work for real clients under the supervision of a partner or associate.
The training programme also schedules in-depth departmental presentations—these are interactive sessions, so it’s an excellent platform to better understand the firm and its offering. Other activities include coffee with the Managing Partner, meetings with members of the Board and skills sessions.
Fieldfisher is likely to be hiring for aspiring Solicitors to join their Solicitor Apprenticeship programme in 2020. Please keep an eye for updates on our careers website:
This is a 6 years' programme where you will be building up your career in a top city law firm, earning, learning and developing essential business skills while rotating seats through various departments which will be determined by your preferences and business need.
Fieldfisher offers apprenticeships in London and in Manchester. You can find out more about available opportunities here: https://www.law.ac.uk/apprenticeships/students
School Leaver Programmes
European law firm Fieldfisher is launching Step2Success, a school leaver programme for post A level students.
Six high calibre recruits will be given the opportunity to embark upon a legal career at Fieldfisher without first having a degree. Chosen school leavers can qualify as lawyers through the Chartered Legal Executive route within five years of commencing the programme.
Once recruits have joined Fieldfisher they will undertake a bespoke programme of induction into the firm. Students will receive supervision, training and support in the office, including in house tutorials, as well as through their studies. They will commence their CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice shortly after starting work.
For more information on school leaver schemes click here.
Salary & Benefits
Salary and Benefits:
Fieldfisher's apprenticeships offer a competitive salary as well as a variety of benefits.
- Life assurance
- Travel insurance
- Income protection
- Critical illness cover
- Dental cover
- Cycle to work scheme
- Interest free season ticket loan
- Pension scheme - matched contributions up to 5%
- Medical insurance
Annual benefits include
- 25-day annual holiday
- Interest-free season ticket loan
- Medical insurance
- Life assurance
- Corporate discounts at various gyms and various retail outlets and local theatres."
Good academics with a minimum of:
- ABB at A Level (or equivalent)
- 2:1 degree in any discipline.
How To Apply
Applications for training contracts and vacation schemes are available on-line here: https://www.apply4law.com/fieldfisher/
Fieldfisher aims to fill a high proportion of its training contract vacancies from candidates who attend one of their vacation schemes. Last year, Fieldfisher offered over 80% of its training contracts to vacation scheme attendees.