Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Why choose Freshfields?

Do you want to tackle the most interesting legal work around? Do you think strategically and understand businesses’ commercial needs? If you do, we could be the right choice for you.
As an international law firm we support clients wherever in the world they do business. The strength of our global network means we frequently advise some of the world's largest companies on how to grow, strengthen and defend their operations. 

With Freshfields, you’ll help these businesses achieve their goals – from advising on mergers and acquisitions to resolving their disputes and commercial challenges. If you’re keen to find solutions that work in the real world – not just the ones that reflect what's right or wrong in law – we want to hear from you.

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for 80 people to start training with us in London in 2019, split between two intakes in February and August. Trainees are vital to our future, because today's trainees are tomorrow's associates and partners.
It doesn't matter what your background is, which university you went to or which degree you studied. What does matter is that you have intellectual talent, excellent written and spoken English, and that you work well with other people.

As a trainee, you’re likely to work in a team – usually with an associate and a partner. It’s the team’s job to work out how we can help clients achieve their goals. Is it possible? What’s the best way to structure the deal or tackle the problem? What are the risks? 

You and your team will need to come up with solutions that answer those questions in a way that makes commercial sense. We’ll show you how.

The work you'll do with us will nearly always be complicated, so to do well you'll need to enjoy being challenged.

Flexible training

Flexibility is key in our training contract. If you train with us, you can try up to eight areas of law. That’s twice as many as most law firms. If you’re not sure which field of law is right for you yet, we could help you find it.
Our lawyers focus on at least one industry sector and work in one of seven practice groups: antitrust, competition and trade; corporate; dispute resolution; employment, pensions and benefits; finance; real estate; and tax.
The corporate, dispute resolution and finance practices are at the core of the firm, so we’ll expect you to spend at least three months in each of these groups.
A big firm like ours brings big advantages when it comes to training. As well as continuous development throughout your training contract and beyond, there are regular seminars and team training sessions. You could also spend time on secondment to one of our clients, or to one of our offices in the US, Asia or Europe.

Extra benefits

You’ll find a full range of benefits in our central London office – including an on-site gym and private medical and dental care.
You will also have the chance to get involved in our thriving pro bono programme, volunteering opportunities  and the many sports and social networks that connect people across our firm.

Application dates

Training contract: 1 October 2016 – 2 January 2017 law and non-law; 1 June - 16 July 2017 law
Vacation Scheme: 1 October 2016 – 6 January 2017

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