Virtual Learning Experience

Virtual Work Experience


Many people don’t realise just how international Freshfields is.

From the nature of our work to the people that make up the firm, I think that Freshfields is notably more international than any other UK firm. We play a premium role in the legal industry not only in the UK but in lots of other markets.

Global working is part of our distinctive culture

and you can expect international work and secondments throughout your career. Every trainee gets to do either an international secondment or a placement with one of our clients.

Trainees are involved in all the big-ticket mandates we do at Freshfields

and our training contract offers variety. I find trainees appreciate the one-on-one time with partners and working directly with the lawyers leading our practices. Our three-month seats are exciting but require trainees to acquire skills quicker. I think that makes for a far more well-rounded lawyer. 

Freshfields is collegiate.

Lots of firms talk about collaboration but teamwork is front and centre of Freshfields’ work. Our culture is a combination of high-quality demanding work but also trying to keep it fun and not taking yourself too seriously.

The main advice I’d give for interviews is to be yourself – be authentic.

Don’t overthink it – people are not trying to trip you up. I am always glad to see someone who has prepared but I also like to see people think on their feet.

The application process is to tell us about who you are.

All graduates are academically able; we know that already. We are interested in finding out what else there is to you. That can be anything within reason – we want to see people with a broad range of skills and experiences.

Pro bono work is treated just like any other client work at Freshfields.

Over the last 12 months I’ve worked with teams in the UK Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights in a range of areas, from LGBT+ rights to human trafficking.

Freshfields in three words?

International, collaborative, ground-breaking.

What does Freshfields expect of trainees?

Freshfields expects enthusiasm, creativity and teamwork.

What can trainees expect of Freshfields?

You can expect of Freshfields rapid development and exposure to premium matters.

Eight-seat training contract

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

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