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Explaining the culture of a firm is always difficult. But we think ours is special. Like other international law firms, we have offices in many capital cities, and we have busy, sometimes long, working days.

We serve demanding clients, with needs in every possible corner of the world. Ready for the challenge?

Who we are

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, founded in 1743 is a multinational law firm headquartered in London and a member of the Magic Circle of elite British law firms, with around 5,000 employees worldwide. Renowned for helping our clients execute their most complex cross-border transactions, we succeed by applying our regulatory and risk management skills to every transaction, bringing together our tax, IP, anti-trust finance, real estate and corporate teams around the world to ensure you have every base covered.

We are the oldest firm within the Magic Circle and we are reported to be the oldest international law firm in the world. Our origins can be traced back to the early 18th century when our firm was appointed solicitor to the Bank of England. We continue to advise the Bank of England today.

Careers with us

Big or small, commercial or institutional, what our clients all have in common is the sheer ambition and complexity of what they want to achieve. Put simply, they hire Freshfields when it matters most.

A career at Freshfields carries a few promises. You will not be bored. You will face problems you haven’t seen before. You’ll meet interesting and friendly people, and you’ll always work in teams. Teamwork calls for a genuine interest in other people and acceptances of differences. It also means an exceptional willingness to pitch in to get the job done.

Graduate opportunities

With offices in London and Manchester, Freshfields has a reputation that's second to none. Whether you join as a lawyer, a recent graduate or in a business services role, Freshfields is a great place to work. You will have the opportunity to work on challenging, engaging work that will give you the opportunity to make your mark and progress your career. We believe there is no better place to work.

The heart of our offering is the eight-seat training contract, in which you experience up to eight three-month seats over two years. Find out more HERE.

Mentoring and coaching

Formal training will only take you so far. Sometimes you just need a friendly word of advice from someone who’s been there before. So we allocate every trainee a trainee intake partner (TIP). They are your personal mentor throughout your two-year training contract. You can catch up with your TIP at any time, and you’ll meet them halfway through your training contract to discuss progress.

There’s also one-to-one coaching available from our trainee development team.