You are never the smartest person in the room at Freshfields,
which is great. Everyone can teach you something here.
People are interested in what you do in your spare time.
I’m into powerlifting, which I’ve been able to share with other members of the team, including making a presentation and adding an article to a departmental newsletter.
Pro bono work is incredibly grounding.
I worked at the Tower Hamlets Law Centre every fortnight for six months and helped coordinate the sessions. In your ‘normal’ work (although Freshfields doesn’t distinguish between this and pro bono), you can get really stressed about something like a share-price change. Working with homeless people gives a real sense of perspective, as well as being rewarding and building key skills for the future. You’re working one-on-one, carefully gathering relevant info and listening to clients and providing them with life-changing advice.
I’ve also been involved in social impact bonds, which are outcome-based government contracts that seek to resolve an issue like homelessness. I had a lot of client involvement, including dealing directly with the client contact.
Freshfields is what you make it.
Signing up for different things can open the door to amazing experiences. I have been involved in the firm’s wellbeing initiatives and our reverse mentoring programme, where I was matched with one of our senior partners.