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 80 people to start training with us in London in 2021, split between two intakes in February and August. Our training programme is vital to our future, because today's trainees are tomorrow's associates and partners.
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 areas of law. That’s twice as many as most law firms.
Our lawyers focus on at least one industry sector and work in one of seven practice groups: antitrust, competition and trade; corporate; dispute resolution; employment, pensions and benefits; finance; real estate; and tax.
The corporate, dispute resolution and finance practices are at the core of the firm, so we’ll expect you to spend at least three months in each of these groups.
You’ll also get the chance to spend time on secondment to a client or to one of our offices in the US, Asia or Europe.
Internships & Placements
Our three-week summer vacation schemes are an exciting way to find out more about life at Freshfields, before considering for a training contract. Read our introduction to vacation schemes to find out more.
If, at the end of the three-week vacation scheme, you decide you’d like to be considered for a training contract you can opt to have an interview.
The vacation scheme application window is open from Monday 1 October 2018 – Thursday 3 January 2019
We’ll be holding interviews at the beginning of 2019 for candidates applying for a place on our 2019 summer vacation scheme.
- Scheme one runs from 17 June 2019 – 5 July 2019
- Scheme two runs from 8 July 2018 – 26 July 2019
There are currently no apprenticeship programmes offered by Freshfields.
School Leaver Programmes
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.
How To Apply
Online – www.freshfields.com/ukgraduates