I was pleasantly suprised by Freshfields.

There’s a real range of people from different universities and backgrounds.

You build close relationships with your team here.

Despite Freshfields’ size, you work with a relatively small group of people on a day-to-day basis. As you move through different departments as a trainee and work with different teams as an associate, the number of friendly faces around the office steadily increases, which is always nice.

Pro bono work is so important here.

I have worked on a Modern Slavery Act case where we helped enforce a judgment. The money at stake was small in comparison to the matters we normally work on but totally life-changing for the individual involved. I’ve also been on secondment to our client Liberty – they work on claims involving human rights abuses.

Everyone here genuinely likes spending time with each other.

There’s a real mixture from very casual social events to organised socials throughout the year. I’ve been walking in the Peak District for a couple of days and have enjoyed some evenings at iconic venues across London. I also enjoy being part of the football team – we play in the London Legal League and go on tour to a different European city each year.

What does Freshfields expect of trainees?

Be proactive and always take pride in your work. Come to work with a positive attitude.


What can trainees expect of Freshfields?

A strong interest in your personal development. To push you, but to also have your back.

Freshfields in three words?

Supportive, impactful and driven.

Pro bono

We act free of charge for clients ranging from individual asylum seekers to some of the world’s biggest charities.

Work with the best people

You’ll be working with driven, focused and ambitious people from all over the world.

Twitter | 10 August 2021

Freshfields are recruiting for Legal Solutions Specialists (paralegals) in Manchester! If you are interested in applying please email The application deadline is 13th August 2021.

Twitter | 19 July 2021

Our Manchester Hub has a number of vacancies for Document Controllers in the Documents Specialist Team. For more information please contact the Manchester Recruitment Team on