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.