Virtual Learning Experience

Virtual Work Experience

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Whether you know London well or have never set foot in the capital, it’s hard not to love living and working in such a vibrant and stimulating place.

Our state-of-the-art new London office at 100 Bishopsgate is in the heart of the City, a stone's throw from Leadenhall and Spitalfields, with Bank and Liverpool Street Station nearby. Our 12 floors have been designed to facilitate collaboration and innovation, as well as support wellbeing and reduce environmental impact. Showers, lockers and bike storage are available if you want to cycle, walk or run to work. 

Working arrangements

During the pandemic, our offices implemented a safe and effective agile-working policy, while continuing to deliver the same exceptional standard of service to our clients. We continue to evolve efforts to improve wellbeing, and have recently instituted Freshfields Days (days off for the whole office) and community days, in addition to existing support.

We have chosen to continue flexible collaboration that prioritises safety with up to 50 per cent remote working. Don’t worry, though: that doesn’t mean less face-to-face guidance and on-the-job-training for you. We’ve put in place ‘double supervision’ so that you’ll always have access to support.

Mental health and wellbeing is also taken very seriously at Freshfields and everyone can access support in numerous ways. We want you to be a rounded person with other interests, so you’re encouraged to keep up out-of-work hobbies and activities.

Making the move to London

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 while 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

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.

Collaboration is the core of our culture and we like to meet to celebrate another work success or for a more informal team catch-up. More of our social events are moving from online to in-person. And our social networks mean you can spend time with people from all over the firm with a wide range of sports, creative activities and hobbies catered for. (If one of your interests isn’t represented, you can start your own group.)

We take diversity seriously but our active diversity networks – including the London Women’s Network, Halo (our LGBT+ network), and our Black Affinity Network – also have more casual events.

 

Virtual Interviews

The safety of you and our colleagues is our top priority. For that reason, our assessment centres will take place in a virtual format, via Microsoft Teams, in 2020 and early 2021. We will continue to assess the situation over the rest of that year.

Harriet Ohemeng

Harriet Ohemeng, Associate, talks about building skills and experience.

Twitter | 16 June 2022

We’re supporting the first Social Mobility Awareness Day, established to help raise awareness of social mobility and encourage all to commit to making impactful change. Find out more about some of our initiatives here: https://t.co/F6cbfLMeXl #socialmobilityday https://t.co/ZfhpbJz0uA

Twitter | 01 June 2022

Today is the first day of Global #PrideMonth! A time to celebrate our LGBTQIA+ colleagues, friends and community and to highlight the progress that has been made around the world, while recognizing the work that still needs to be done. Find out more through the link in our bio! https://t.co/5refnJbS0V