Before my vacation scheme at Freshfields, I thought corporate law was
an intimidating place.

But people are down-to-earth and treat each other with respect. We are all normal people, living normal lives and working together as a team – collaboration is the key to success!

Don’t be afraid to be yourself.

People here have a range of stories and come from diverse backgrounds, which is crucial for contributing different perspectives and ideas. In your application, don’t just focus on law-related experiences – working in a shop develops commercial awareness or being a waitress improves people skills, all these things are helpful attributes for the job and paint a picture of you as a person.

My work is intellectually challenging and engaging.

It if was obvious or easy, clients wouldn’t come to us. We’re solving complex problems in new and profound areas of law.

You can shape your training around what you find interesting, especially given
the possibility to extend a three-month seat to six months.

Experiencing different areas of law is useful, whether or not you think you know what you want to do. My secondment to Hong Kong has been a fascinating experience.

I met new friends at Freshfields, people aren’t just colleagues.

There are lots of opportunities to get involved in sports and social events: I went on a netball tour to La Manga and play five-a-side football. To me, it’s not just a workplace, it’s a lifestyle.

Freshfields in three words?

Collegiate, progressive, dynamic.

What does Freshfields expect of trainees?

Freshfields expects trainees to take ownership of work and seek out avenues of interest and opportunity. You need to be thorough, diligent and anticipate questions before they are asked.

What can trainees expect of Freshfields?

At Freshfields, you will be involved in unprecedented, high-profile, international work that really impacts how the world works. Every day is rewarding, yet challenging, so you can expect the unexpected!

Who are Freshfields?

At Freshfields you’ll be helping to reshape our global economy.

Prepare for our application process

We understand that applying for training contracts and vacation scheme can be quite daunting, so to make things easier for you, here’s what you can expect from our application process.

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