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What we do

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.

How we work

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 what they want to do. 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 work in the real, commercial world – not just ones that reflect what’s right or wrong in law. We’ll show you how.

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
  • tax

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What we look for

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.

Training environment

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.

Vacation schemes and workshops

Every year we hold three vacation schemes and seven workshops to help you find out if a career as an international commercial lawyer is right for you.

Go to our website to discover which workshop suits you best, or whether you should apply for a vacation scheme.

Places are limited but if you don't get a place, don't worry. You can still apply for a training contract with us.

You can find out more about our workshops and vacation schemes by clicking on the following links: Workshops | Vacation Schemes

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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.
The firm partners with charities to create opportunities to broaden access to the legal profession.

Among our initiatives in London we support Open to You, a careers event that gives students who have a disability or long-term health problem an insight into the opportunities available to them if they want to pursue a career in commercial law.

We have provided work placements in London through our partnership with Whizz-Kidz, a charity that offers, among other things, work experience to young people in wheelchairs.

And we continue to support Blind in Business to help raise the aspirations of students with a visual impairment who are considering a career in law.

It’s estimated that one in four people worldwide will suffer from some kind of mental health problem at some point in their lives.

We’ve signed up to the City Mental Health Alliance, which aims to create a culture of good mental health for City of London workers and make mental health a subject that everyone can talk about without fear.

We’re members of an inter-law disability network in London that looks at how law firms can better support their employees, clients and stakeholders when it comes to disability.
We encourage you to tell us about any disability as soon you can when you apply. This will allow us to make any adjustments you need right from the start. It won’t affect your application and it is important you tell us so we can make sure your recruitment process is fair. If we don’t know about your disability, we can’t support you and make the adjustments you need. 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. Simple log in or sign up to view contact details.
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.