Despite Freshfields’ size, you work with a relatively small group of people on a day-to-day basis.Brendan McCarthy Associate
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.