Whether you know London well or have never set foot in the capital, it’s hard not to love living and working in one of the world’s most exciting cities.
Our state-of-the-art new London office at 100 Bishopsgate is designed to facilitate agile and remote-working arrangements (such as those we made in response to COVID-19), and has been carefully thought-out to facilitate collaboration and innovation, as well as support wellbeing and reduce environmental impact.
That includes a BREEAM excellent sustainability rating for construction, a fit-out with only recyclable or recycled items that won a SKA Gold rating, and a building management system that is ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 certified. There will be sit or stand desks for all staff and tech that supports remote working and collaboration.
100 Bishopsgate is in the heart of the City: Liverpool Street Station is two minutes’ walk away, and Bank, Leadenhall Market and Spitalfields Market are within a five-minute walk. We will be occupying 12 floors of the 37-storey building, with Royal Bank of Canada and global investment bank Jefferies as our co-tenants. Showers, lockers and bike storage are available if you want to cycle, walk or run to work.
Making the move to London
Trainees joining the firm up to February 2023 will undertake the City Consortium’s Accelerated LPC. Trainee cohorts joining from August 2023 will undertake the new City Consortium Solicitors Training Programme (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 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.
We know that living and working in central London is expensive, so we contribute to your living expenses with a maintenance grant while you’re studying the PGDL if you’re a non-law student, and whilst you’re studying the LPC or the CCP. As well as a host of other benefits, we also offer an interest-free loan of up to £2,000 when you arrive at Freshfields.
If you’ve never lived here before, moving to London may feel like an intimidating prospect. We can put you in touch with someone in the firm to chat about the process of making a new life here.
Settling in at Freshfields
We try to make settling in as straightforward as we can. You’ll have a two-week induction to help you find your way around. That’s also when you’ll get to know your trainee intake partner (TIP), who will be your informal mentor throughout the course of your training contract.