Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (informally known as just Freshfields) is an international law firm that advises some of the best-known businesses in the world. With offices all over Europe, Asia, and the Americas, it serves a diverse range of clients.
The firm carries out high level, cross border work that is often complex, making it the ideal option for graduates who wish to pursue a stretching career in law.
When starting a training contract, graduates have the option to choose one of eight key areas of legal practice. These are Antitrust, Competition and Trade, Corporate Dispute Resolution, Employment, Pensions and Benefits, Finance, Intellectual Property/Information Technology, Real Estate, and Tax. Training is largely provided in the London offices, though trainees will also spend some time on secondments with a client or at one of the firm’s international offices.
Graduates at Freshfields start on a salary of around £39,000, rising to around £44,000 in the second year. The firm also pays law school tuition fees (for both the LPC and the GDL), and supplies a maintenance grant of around £6,000. Trainees are entitled to approximately 25 days of paid holiday per year.
The benefits package here is highly competitive, and includes discounted car hire, childcare vouchers, dental and travel insurance, health screening, a pension scheme, and much more.
Freshfields was awarded named "Global Law Firm of the Year" at the Who's Who Legal Awards in 2013.
Benefits of working for Freshfields
25 days holiday a year
On-site gym, in-house doctor, dentist and physiotherapist, massage and beauty treatments and a wide range of subsidised sporting, social and cultural activities.
Income protection insurance
Private medical insurance