Virtual Learning Experience

Virtual Work Experience


You are trusted as a trainee at Freshfields and your input is valued.

I was surprised how much responsibility I was given from day one. You’re included as a genuine member of the team and given a lot of challenges to deal with.

Don’t rule out Freshfields based on preconceptions.

If you’re driven and hardworking, there is a place for you here. Everyone is very down-to-earth.

In my last seat, I was involved in international litigation that spanned the globe.

It’s exciting to be in London at the heart of a mandate like that, working together with teams from different Freshfields offices and StrongerTogether partner firms from other countries. The legal issue we were dealing with was novel so I got exposure to cutting-edge insights from partners with different specialisms.

Training at Freshfields is extremely high-quality and never ends.

It’s not just trainees: whole departments have regular training because we’re constantly facing new and unprecedented legal issues and need to stay ahead of the game. As a trainee, you’re learning from partners who are constantly building on their expertise.

Freshfields has an open, collaborative and diverse culture

that is both ambitious and inclusive. It’s a supportive environment. People are dedicated to work but also interested in you as an individual.


Being part of Freshfields means trying to be the best you can be,

always striving to produce the highest quality work. But people are very sociable and we like to have fun. Even during lockdown, we always kept up an active social life. Now that normal office life is returning, we are meeting up in-person again. Last week, we had an office party at the iconic Tower of London.

Stepping outside the London office is just incredible.

You’re in the heart of the City and at the centre of Europe’s biggest financial hub.

Pro bono work is meaningful and can be very hands-on.

I have worked pro bono to help Save the Children undertake a complex post-Brexit restructuring and worked with Z2K to help prevent homelessness. I drew on the same skillset we use when advising on corporate restructurings and worked closely with the clients, which I feel is a lot of responsibility for a trainee.

I don’t think you could find a better firm to train at than Freshfields.

There are so many opportunities and you’re learning from the best – globally recognised experts in their field. People genuinely care about your personal development so will try and get you involved when they see you’re interested in something.

Freshfields in three words?

International, ambitious, diverse.

What can trainees expect of Freshfields?

You can expect to be challenged as a trainee in every department you go to and be part of diverse and collaborative teams.

What does Freshfields expect of trainees?

To work hard, be dedicated and to think outside the box. Freshfields is not a standard high-street firm so you need to be able to go the extra mile.

Eight-seat training contract

Our eight-seat training contract sets you up for the work you’ll be doing as an international lawyer.

Virtual Interviews

The safety of you and our colleagues is our top priority. For that reason, our assessment centres will take place in a virtual format, via Microsoft Teams, in 2020 and early 2021. We will continue to assess the situation over the rest of that year.

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