Virtual Learning Experience

Virtual Work Experience


We’re a very global firm.

You will be working with people from all over the world but it’s as seamless as sitting right beside them.

People here actually care.

I use hearing aids, and the trainee development team has been instrumental in facilitating adaptations like transmitters that not only makes me feel supported but also allows me to develop and perform at my best.

Freshfields is a very sociable, friendly place.

You have the opportunity to learn from market leaders, and they’ll be approachable and interested in your development. Any notions of it being like The Hunger Games are completely wrong.

Feedback here is high-quality and completely transparent.

There are no hidden frameworks and everything’s out in the open. You always know what you’re doing well and where you need to improve. The firm is not there to judge, only to support you.

I spent my first two seats in the private equity team,

working on a reverse IPO worth hundreds of millions of pounds, which involved collaborating with a very international team of lawyers. I have also worked on a reorganisation process for a multi-national corporation where I was involved in drafting various company documents to steer and give effect to the various changes. I was receiving calls from the client’s general counsel on my mobile, which reflects the high levels of responsibility a trainee can shoulder. In another mandate, I was given the responsibility of seeing a secondary deal worth c.£16m through to completion. Although it was much smaller than primary transaction, the chance to manage a transaction mostly independently at such a young stage was very exciting.

Trainees should never stop asking questions.

People are more than willing to explain, but they can’t answer what hasn’t been asked. Be disciplined in getting the basics right, from billing to getting enough sleep. Life at Freshfields can be fast-paced, so you need to find time to take stock and reflect.

Freshfields in three words?

Exceptional. Supportive. Home.

What can trainees expect of Freshfields?

There’s no lack of training and the trainee development team are very involved in your career. The Freshfields Hub helps free trainees up for the more interesting aspects of work, including drafting and research. You can also tangibly play a part in Freshfields’ future.

What does Freshfields expect of trainees?

Commitment to self-development. The firm is ready to invest in your growth, but you must be ready to develop yourself. You need to be proactive and play your part in the wider firm beyond your core responsibilities, which might include pro bono work, graduate recruitment activities, and contributing to blogs and any networks you’re involved with.

Eight-seat training contract

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

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.

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