With our eight-seat training contract, you get a wide breadth of experience across our many areas of law. All trainees take at least one seat in dispute resolution and at least two seats in global transactions (across corporate, finance and real estate). You can choose other seats in: antitrust, competition and trade; people and reward; and tax.
Don’t worry, we don’t expect you to know what type of law you want to specialise in – not many people do at this stage. Instead, we believe our future lawyers should be able to try different things.
We'll help you learn about the different seats on offer before you arrive at Freshfields. After that, we offer regular drop-in advice sessions on seat moves.
If you want to get a taster of what we do, you could apply for one of our workshops or vacation scheme.
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Double supervision and mentorship
Our trainees are usually allocated a main supervisor and a second supervisor. We’ve found an additional touchpoint beneficial for trainees, especially during remote working.
Your main supervisor is the primary point of contact for work allocation, day-to-day supervision, the mid-seat reviews and any other issues. The second supervisor (usually an associate) is your ‘buddy’, checking in regularly as a visible and friendly face, and helping introduce you to other team members and there to answer any questions you might have.
You’ll get support from your trainee intake partner (TIP), your personal mentor throughout your two-year training contract. You can catch up with your TIP at any time, and you’ll meet them halfway through your training contract to discuss progress. One-to-one coaching is also available from our trainee development team.
The City Consortium LPC and CCP
The route to qualification is changing with the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). But don’t worry, Freshfields is part of the City Consortium, and we have created the City Consortium Solicitor Training Programme (CCP) alongside BPP Law School to prepare our trainees for the SQE.
Trainees joining the firm up to February 2023 will undertake the City Consortium’s Accelerated Legal Practice Course (LPC). Trainee cohorts joining from August 2023 will undertake the CCP to prepare for the SQE. Whichever route you take, BPP Law School and the trainee development team will be on hand to support you through each stage of the programme.
Our trainee development team will liaise with you about starting the City Consortium Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) if you’re a non-law graduate, and about commencing the LPC or CCP, which will take place in central London. You’ll then complete your training contract (which will constitute your qualifying work experience (QWE) if you’re completing the SQE) in our London office at 100 Bishopsgate.
During your time at BPP, you’ll be encouraged to form as wide a network as possible and you’ll be studying with prospective trainees from all of the City Consortium firms (Freshfields and five other leading law firms).
The CCP will launch with BPP Law School in September 2022. This means the first SQE trainee cohort will join Freshfields in August 2023. In order to cover the range of content and to adequately prepare students for the SQE examinations, the CCP will be delivered over 11 months.
The CCP consists of the following programmes, which will be taught at BPP’s site in London:
• SQE1 Preparation Programme;
• City Consortium Plus Programme; and
• SQE 2 Preparation Programme.
Although no longer a regulatory requirement, City Consortium non-law graduates will be required to sit the PGDL prior to commencing the CCP and SQE exams. The PGDL can be studied not only in London but also at other BPP venues in the UK.
Our trainee development team will provide you with clear guidance through each stage of these courses.
If you accept a training contract with Freshfields and you later complete the PGDL for non-law graduates and LPC/CCP, we’ll give you a maintenance grant to study for each of the PGDL and LPC/CCP courses (pro rata if you’ve already started the course when you accept our offer) to cover your living costs while you study.
We offer a discretionary grant up to £2,000 to support you while you’re doing a legal internship.
We also offer mentoring support and coaching to some of our future trainees who come from under-represented backgrounds, to help them to hit the ground running when they start their career with us.
If you accept a training contract with us after you have completed either of these courses, we may be able to provide some reimbursement of your tuition fees on a discretionary basis.
Freshfields balances responsibility with guidance. Most of your training will be on the job as you work with partners and associates. Our open-door policy means you’ll always find someone to answer your questions.
You’ll start with a two-week induction, which includes practical skills workshops and advice. After that, we offer legal training on a departmental basis and business skills training on, for example, how to work productively, delegate and handle pressure.
Mentoring and coaching
Formal training will only take you so far. Sometimes you just need a friendly word of advice from someone who’s been there before.
You’ll always be able to turn to your trainee intake partner (TIP), your personal mentor throughout your two-year training contract. You can catch up with your TIP at any time, and you’ll meet them halfway through your training contract to discuss progress. One-to-one coaching is also available from our trainee development team.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to huge changes in our everyday lives. Whatever our new working environment looks like, Freshfields believes in flexible collaboration that prioritises safety.
As a firm, we took steps to ensure that our offices around the globe were able to implement a safe and effective agile-working policy, while continuing to deliver the same exceptional standard of service to our clients.
We understand that there are challenges associated with working from home and we do everything we can to support our people. All of our colleagues are provided with a laptop and are able to contact our global IT service desk 24/7. Mental health and wellbeing is also taken very seriously at the firm and there are numerous ways staff can access support.