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Departments regularly host their own parties, get-togethers and trips away, whether to celebrate another work success or as a more informal team catch-up. Our trainees also arrange social events.

During lockdown, we’ve adapted our working arrangements to keep everyone safe and supported. Our trainees have kept in touch over video calls, including through quizzes, wine tasting and even a virtual murder mystery.

Outside of lockdown, you can join our football, cricket, hockey, rugby, netball, tennis and volleyball teams. Team tours will pit you against other law firms in the Law League – our netball and rugby teams recently went on tour to La Manga in Spain. Players get ‘sports leave’ to go on these trips.

You’ll have the chance to swim, cycle, sail, ski, or step up to the oche in our darts club, among other opportunities.

Creative types are catered for, too, with our theatre-outing group, a choir and a house band. In fact, we have dedicated groups for everything from fly fishing to knitting. 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.

Whatever activity you’re doing, your social networks mean you can spend time with people from all over the firm.

All trainees are welcomed to the firm after their two-week induction at the trainee induction dinner, which is joined by the trainee intake partners.

Salary and benefits

As well as solving some of the world’s most complex legal issues, you will also be rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits package.

Folarin Odunubi

Folarin Odunubi, Trainee, talks about pro bono work and recognising hard work.

Twitter | 10 August 2021

Freshfields are recruiting for Legal Solutions Specialists (paralegals) in Manchester! If you are interested in applying please email The application deadline is 13th August 2021.

Twitter | 19 July 2021

Our Manchester Hub has a number of vacancies for Document Controllers in the Documents Specialist Team. For more information please contact the Manchester Recruitment Team on