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Disability comes in many different forms; some visible, some not. Across our network we offer a range of solutions, technology-based or material, to support those who have a disability or impairment.

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About Us

Our aim is simple to be a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential.

This is vital if we want to attract and retain the top talent. We want to create a welcoming, positive and supportive environment in which all can flourish, regardless of their gender, race or ethnicity, background, religion, physical abilities, sexual orientation or gender identity.

As an international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer advises some of the world's biggest companies on how to grow, strengthen and defend their business. If you're keen to pursue a career in commercial law, we can offer you some of the best and most interesting work around.

Because we support clients wherever in the world they operate, you'll play a part in delivering a consistent, high-quality service across the globe.

Who we are
We are a people business. We see diversity as strength and value the fresh perspectives, creative ideas and connections that flow from bringing together people with different backgrounds. We want to create a welcoming, supportive environment in which all can flourish. No matter how challenging a matter or heavy our workload, in our daily interaction we must never lose sight of the essential human qualities that we prize.

Raising awareness of good mental health
Freshfields has a number of initiatives to support good mental health. People managers are coached in how to build resilient teams and taught to recognise the early signs of a team member drifting ‘off track’ — which can be a precursor to becoming mentally ill. Such sessions also offer practical guidance on how to deal with colleagues who are showing signs of stress.

Part of a larger law disability network
Eversheds, one of the world’s largest corporate law firms and a Business Disability Forum Member, has called together some of the UK’s leading law firms to form an inter-law disability network, the first of its kind.

Did you know?

Disability comes in many different forms; some visible, some not. Across our network we offer a range of solutions, technology-based or material, to support those who have a disability or impairment.

Different offices spend time raising awareness of disability in different ways. For example, in London we've run a session exploring dyslexia and offered employees the chance to take a confidential online test.

Accessibility Awards


  • Vacation Schemes Every year we hold two vacation schemes targeted to those at different stages in their university careers and beyond, in order to help you find out if a career as an international commercial lawyer is right for you.

    You're eligible to apply for the vacation scheme if you're a penultimate-year student studying law or any other degree. If you're studying a four-year degree, apply in your second year and, if offered, we'll defer your place. See more at:
  • Workshops We offer a variety of workshops throughout the year, targeted at students at various points throughout their university career and beyond. To discover which workshop suits you best, head to our website


  • Training Contract 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.

    The corporate, dispute resolution and finance practices are the core of the firm, so we'll expect you to spend at least three months in each of these groups.

    You'll also get the chance to spend time on secondment to a client or to one of our offices in the US, Asia or Europe.

    For more details, please visit our website:

Additional Opportunities

  • Antitrust Competition and Trade This carries out a the broad spectrum of work carried out by our team including cartel investigations, co-ordinating merger reviews by competition authorities around the world, competition litigation, state aid and market investigations.
  • Corporate The corporate department is the firm's largest and its practice encompasses a broad range of work, industry sectors and time zones. The department consists of four different teams specialising in a wide range of work from mergers and acquisitions (both public and private) to joint ventures and general corporate advisory work, stock exchange floats to financial regulation.
  • Dispute Resolution Our dispute resolution practice has played a key role in many of the disputes surrounding the financial and economic crisis, including working on major insolvencies, on the litigation and risk aspects of the restructuring of the financial sector. In addition, we have been advising on a number of issues arising from the economic crisis.
  • Finance Our finance practice is involved in advising on all aspects of debt finance across multiple industries, from structuring new debt issuance, to project finance, to restructuring and refinancing existing debt. Finance is divided into four areas:

Tips for applying

Here are some hints and tips to help you with your application.

  • Research Take opportunities to interact with law firms, such as law fairs, on-campus presentations, open days and workshops.
  • Get in touch Don't be afraid to ask for adjustments to be made, as we will look to accommodate these.
  • Be yourself Be yourself in the application, and throughout the interview process.

Your Plus

It doesn't matter what your background is, which university you went to or the 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. The work you'll do with us will nearly always be complicated, so to do well you'll need to enjoy being challenged.

  • An analytical mind Can you think clearly through a problem; explain complex issues clearly and simply; and make sense of a complicated situation? Do you look for alternative ways to approach and solve problems?
  • Determination and drive You need to fit a lot into your life, and have plenty of enthusiasm, energy and drive.
  • Curiosity Do you enjoy dealing with new ideas and adapting to new challenges. What is your appetite for finding out about things you have never come across before? It is important how you approach a task; you need to see things in the round, as well as the detail.
  • Teamwork and interpersonal skills Do you enjoy working with others? Are you good at taking instruction and at accepting feedback.
  • Organisation and discipline You need to be able to multi-task, keep track and stay cool.
  • Commercial sense You should have a commercial instinct and the potential to develop in time.

Recruitment Adjustments

If you have any concerns about submitting your application or taking our online verbal reasoning test or if you have a disability that makes taking the test difficult, please contact the graduate recruitment team. Equally, please get in touch with regards to adjustments for the assessment day, as we will look to accommodate your requests, and look at these individually, on a case by case basis.

  • Additional time Additional time to complete online test, interviews and assessment centres.
  • Hard copy We can arrange for a hard copy version of your tests to be completed within the office.
  • Point of contact You will have a dedicated point of contact within the Campus Recruitment team.

Workplace Support

Disability comes in many different forms; some visible, some not. Across our network we offer a range of solutions, technology-based or material, to support those who have a disability or impairment.

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