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Culture

8.2 / 10

(based on 50 ratings in 2015)

2015

"Everyone is friendly, and easy to work with at Freshfields. People stay in to help so others don't have to stay late. There are plenty of activities to get involved with outside the office too, with sports teams or just generally having a night out."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is friendly and operate an open-door policy. If you have a question people are more than happy to help. Some teams are better at socialising after hours than others but every team I have been in has made an effort to welcome the new trainees."
First year trainee, London
"There is a trend towards encouraging people to work from home. The firm is in general very social, and many of my friends are my colleagues. In many departments there is not a strict hierarchy, and juniors get good exposure to partners and clients."
Second year trainee, New York
"The firm is not very hierarchical, and there is a collegiate environment, always working in teams and colleagues do socialise regularly."
Second year trainee, London
"Everyone socialises regularly and there is a great sense of camaraderie. The sports and social clubs are a big plus, and let you get to know people all across the firm."
Second year trainee, London
"There are many sources of feedback and support at the firm. Everyone is happy to share their experience and knowledge, and people like getting a drink together after work."
First year trainee, London
"There is no 'face-time' culture evident here, and generally there is good interaction between lawyers at different levels, especially socially. Socialising with colleagues is encouraged, as it helps to foster a good team-working environment."
Second year trainee, London
"So far the departments I've been in have had a good culture: it is open-door among all associates, and on the whole there is not much of a strict hierarchy. There are fairly regular social events at the firm, and drinks events are enjoyable."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is team-focused, and there are plenty of social events. I have found that colleagues tend to be courteous and thoughtful. From my experience senior members of the firm are extremely willing to engage with junior members of the firm."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Although some teams are more sociable than others, people are pretty much uniformly friendly and down to earth. There is a definite order of progression for queries, but Senior Associates and even Partners are still very accessible for even minor queries if they're the appropriate person to ask."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture is fairly supportive in terms of work, especially when the hours are long, though the firm is probably not quite as sociable as firms some of my friends work at. Not overly hierarchical either although approachability of partners varies from team to team."
Second year trainee, London
"People at Freshfields are incredibly hard-working and intelligent but also very friendly."
First year trainee, London
"There are lots of social events, incredible Christmas party, extremely friendly and bright, like-minded colleagues."
First year trainee, London
"There is a sense of everyone being valued, from trainees to partners. There is not too much hierarchy - we are treated as a team instead. The firm tends to be very social."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture is very friendly and fee earners at all levels are approachable. Everyone works well together and there is a calm and professional atmosphere. There are also relatively frequent nights out and the occasional team trip overseas."
First year trainee, London
"The culture in the office is professional but warm generally. We tend to have good socials."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is very friendly both during the working day and after-hours. It's much easier working long hours when people are joking and looking out for each other."
Second year trainee, London / Singapore
"Teamwork is great, socialising varies among teams but everyone seems to get on well."
Second year trainee, London
"The culture varies between departments. Larger departments seem to be less friendly with fewer social events. However smaller departments tend to be more "close-knit"."
First year trainee, London
"Whilst Freshfields remains a traditional firm (no open-plan office or anything like that), the partners are generally very open and friendly. There is a hierarchy, but that is how law firms operate, and it is no bad thing - there is no lack of respect for people who are lower in that hierarchy. Teams are small so everyone has an important role to play. Socialising varies from team-to-team, but many people find a lot of close friends in the office. Generally, the atmosphere is good and people get along very well."
Second year trainee, Paris
"Culture is friendly and supportive. People do not take themselves seriously but they take their work seriously. People have high expectations of you but also support your learning."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Culture varies hugely between teams. Corporate teams tend to be a lot more social than others. Socialising among trainees in the same intake is extremely regular as everyone does the LPC together."
First year trainee, London
"Although there are not enough after-work drinks within the team (in my opinion), I must admit the people do make the team. From Partner to PA, everybody is great to interact with."
First year trainee, London
"There is a great atmosphere with a real feeling of teamwork. It means that he cliché of work hard, play hard really does exist."
Newly qualified solicitor, London
"Everyone has been friendly to me so far. There are lots of social evenings and people seem happy to chat and mingle regardless of their seniority."
First year trainee, London
"There are lots of societies which have good budgets, encouraging participation and expansion. E.g: the book club offers a free book to read and discuss, tennis courts are booked by the firm, etc."
First year trainee, London
"Can vary from team to team, but in general is a good work environment with friendly people, always up for Friday afternoon drinks."
First year trainee, London
"There doesn't seem to be a cut off point on 'office hours'. The working day finishes when ALL the work is done. There is little hierarchy though, most if not all of the partners are very personable and approachable (in a social setting) but you sometimes don't have that much interaction with them in your working life. Trainees socialise together well, we all regularly meet for lunch and after-work drinks, etc."
First year trainee, London
"Trainees tend to organise social events among themselves and are incredibly friendly. Firm-wide sports are a great way to get involved socially and even go abroad on tour. Hours are long but this is to be expected."
First year trainee, London
"The team spirit is one of the things that has helped me enjoy my time at Freshfields most. The camaraderie between intakes and business groups is really fantastic and I have already been on a team ski trip to the Alps and a Freshfields rugby tour to Paris."
First year trainee, London
"Although the firm is very hierarchical (as I imagine all MC firms are), people at all levels are really friendly, approachable, and, above all, willing to go drinking after hours with their team members, which leaves to a fantastic team atmosphere during office hours and outside."
Second year trainee, London
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