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Trainees are the future of our firm. The high-quality training, coaching and mentoring we offer is aimed at making you the best associate – and ultimately partner – you can be.

Beyond the training contract

The end of your training contract doesn’t mean the end of your training. We aim to continue to develop your skills as you grow through the firm, and our ‘career milestones’ framework starts where your training contract left off. This transparent, equality-focused system means our lawyers progress based on their performance rather than how long they’ve been here.

You’ll take on more responsibility as you gain more experience so you’ll keep learning throughout your career.

Staying at Freshfields

The vast majority of our trainees qualify into the firm. If you’re one of them, you’ll receive a salary of £100,000 as a newly qualified associate.

You’ll get the chance to take four weeks’ unpaid leave between ending your training contract and starting as a newly qualified associate – a very popular choice!

And if you do decide to leave at some point, the experience you’ll have gained at Freshfields will open doors elsewhere, as the stories at our Freshfields Alumni Network show.

Daria Park

Daria Park, Trainee, talks about our London–Asia training contract.

Eloise Rennie

Eloise Rennie, newly-qualified Associate, talks about firm culture and experiencing interesting areas of law during her training contract.

News | 21 April 2021

Freshfields announces 31 new counsel

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (‘Freshfields’) has announced the appointment of 31 new counsel.

Twitter | 16 April 2021

We are pleased to announce Cyrus Pocha as the new Freshfields graduate recruitment partner. He will support the graduate recruitment team to continue its work to reach and recruit the very best future legal talent. Read about his career journey https://t.co/oDNCXGy3Sq https://t.co/C0lYpEphvi