I’d say the culture is hard-working but fun, and genuinely inclusive. Jessie Andrews Trainee
You won’t be just a number at Freshfields.
A lot of our admin and routine tasks are outsourced, for example to the Hub, so trainees have time to tackle the interesting questions.
The training contract here offers autonomy over your own career.
You can tailor your experience so that you get to work on what interests you. I’d say the culture is hard-working but fun, and genuinely inclusive. Less senior people are encouraged to speak up and their ideas are valued. You don’t have to be the loudest in the room to be successful at Freshfields. Popular culture representations of corporate law as dog-eat-dog – in Suits or whatever – really don’t reflect the reality here.
I think our response to coronavirus defines Freshfields as an organisation.
The emphasis has been on wellbeing: a network of support and transparency with information. I feel everybody in the firm has been involved and considered when making decisions. As a team, we reach out to help anyone who is struggling.
Freshfields in three words?
Progressive, inclusive, prestigious.
What does Freshfields expect of trainees?
Freshfields expects enthusiasm and attention to detail. You need to have a collaborative attitude, and always be looking for ways to make your colleagues’ life easier.
What can trainees expect of Freshfields?
Freshfields has a huge support network and you will feel valued as a person. There’s a real commitment to finding out what interests you and help you achieve it.