My interview here was a completely different experience to all the others.

It was incredibly friendly and open and people were very engaged in me, personally, trying to understand what motivated me and how I thought. I wasn’t tested on the law, which was lucky, having studied English and French at university, but the interviewers spent a lot of time testing what I thought about everyday commercial situations, and how I responded to having my ideas challenged. It was a really positive experience and one I hope I also provide as an interviewer on the trainee recruitment panel.

Commitment and teamwork are at the heart of Freshfields culture.

We’re a decent, friendly bunch of people with a shared intellectual curiosity to get to solutions. We’re also incredibly driven and push ourselves hard. Everybody gets stuck in as a team and we have no time for prima donnas. We thrive on getting the job done and like to celebrate each other’s successes.

We think hard about our trainees’ development.

I’m on the graduate interview panel and have been a trainee supervisor for many years, and we spend a lot of time considering which supervisors trainees should sit with, and who will work best together to promote learning and development. We always try to explain the importance of what trainees are doing so they build a holistic understanding of Freshfields’ work. People need to understand the part they play in the deals that make the headlines, otherwise what’s the point?

Everyone has home lives and social lives.

It’s completely common for people to say ‘I’ve got theatre tickets tonight, so can I do it in the morning?’. It’s all about being adaptable and being flexible – everyone has commitments and we go out of the way to try to make sure they are respected, but in turn we are also expected to be there for our team members when they need us to step in. At the end of the day, we’re not a nine-to-five culture and we never will be. Our clients have high expectations when they employ us, and our brand, and we always need to deliver.

I advise everyone thinking about a career in corporate law to pick a firm where
you'll be happy.

It can be daunting making big decisions about your future. When choosing a firm you need to think as much about the culture and work environment as well as the quality of training. For me, Freshfields ticked all those boxes.





I’ve done three secondments so far.

When I was a trainee, I was seconded to our Tokyo office, which was fabulous. I was also seconded to the 2012 Olympic Organising Committee as an associate, then later, I was seconded as a senior associate for seven months to Goldman Sachs’ investment banking legal team. Each one was completely different, but they were all absolutely brilliant: you really get a different perspective and build important relationships.

What does Freshfields expect of trainees?

Enthusiasm and a hunger to learn and achieve. If you get stuck in, you’ll excel.

What can trainees expect of Freshfields?

A very positive and a friendly environment with stellar work and where your contribution is valued. You’ll make friendships for life without question.

Freshfields in four words?

A positive, collaborative roller coaster.

Social Life

There’s always something going on at Freshfields.

Salary and benefits

As well as solving some of the world’s most complex legal issues, you will also be rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits package.

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