As a Freshfields trainee, you could be helping industry leaders develop cutting-edge tech and advising on government responses to the coronavirus. Or you might be involved in the biggest ever M&A deal of its kind or an award-winning multi-billion-pound litigation.

Many of these matters are complicated, crossing multiple geographical borders and practice groups, so teamwork is at the core of our culture.

The work you’ll do at Freshfields tends to fall into three broad categories, which we like to think of as grow, strengthen and defend. 

You’ll get to experience all of these types of work during your training contract. All trainees spend one three-month seat in dispute resolution, as well as at least two seats in our global transactions group (with a choice of corporate, finance and real estate). You can choose other seats in: antitrust, competition and trade; people and reward; and tax.

Our unique eight-seat training contract means you’ll experience different areas of commercial law and know what you enjoy most when you qualify. For a taster, apply to join one of our workshops or vacation schemes.

£1tn cross border deals

Cross-border deals worth over $1tn over the past five years

51,000 hours

over 51,000 pro bono hours

28 offices

28 offices worldwide



mandates covering over 150 jurisdictions in the last three years

Vacation scheme

Our three-week summer vacation scheme is an exciting way to find out more about life at Freshfields before considering applying for a training contract.

Applying for a training contract

We read every application that we receive and shortlist applicants on merit alone. Whatever your background, if you think you can make it as an international commercial lawyer, you should apply.

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