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Tel: +44 20 7936 4000



Size & Geographic Coverage

Number of Partners: 443

Number of Associates: 1453

Total number of UK trainee solicitors: 160

Number of UK offices: 2

Number of overseas offices: 27

Application criteria

Training contract vacancies per annum: up to 80

Vacation scheme places per annum: up to 60

Minimum degree grade: We look for applicants who are on track for or have gained a 2:1 overall at undergraduate level. You do not need to have a 2:1 in every module to apply. If your academics fall below our criteria and you have extenuating circumstances, include these in the extenuating circumstances box within your application and they will be taken into consideration.

Application deadline for training contracts starting in 2023/24: We recruit two years in advance for our training contracts, and have two application windows each year. The summer training contract application window (1 June to 15 July 2021) is open to penultimate and final-year undergraduate law students (UK law degree), law graduates (UK law degree), GDL graduates. The winter training contract application window (4 October 2021 to 6 January 2022) is open to final-year law and non-law students, and law and non-law graduates.

Salary and benefits

First year salary: £45,000 (as a trainee you can also have a £2000 interest-free loan when you join)

Second year salary: £51,000

Post qualification salary: £100,000

Holiday entitlement: 26 days’ paid holiday per year; optional four weeks’ unpaid leave at the end of your training contract


LPC/CCP fees: Full sponsorship*

GDL/PGDL fees: Full sponsorship*

*If you accept a training contract with us after you have completed either of these courses, we may be able to provide some reimbursement of your tuition fees on a discretionary basis. If you’re offered a training contract with us to start in 2023, and you have not yet completed the LPC, it is our intention that you’ll undertake the SQE.

Maintenance grant per annum:  A substantial grant is offered to cover living costs while you study.


We solve the most complex challenges for some of the world’s most dynamic organisations, using our knowledge, experience and energy to help them seize their most important opportunities. The work you’ll do at Freshfields tends to fall into three broad categories, which we like to think of as grow (transactional work), strengthen (regulatory work) and defend (risk management).

We are committed to being a responsible, diverse and inclusive business. Our unique eight-seat training contract draws upon our connected innovation strategy, laying the foundation for a career at the cutting edge of corporate law and the opportunity to develop – not just as a lawyer, but as a person, too.

Our values embody our ambition to be exceptional, but also recognise that “our people make our firm”. That means we value people and treat them with respect, consideration and courtesy (also included in our values). We promote staff well-being through numerous sports teams, social clubs, diversity networks. No single person can take on the work we do alone. That’s why we have a ‘one-firm mindset’, encouraging and sharing in the success of all our colleagues.