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We put innovation at the heart of what we do – and what you’ll be doing.

Innovation

Change often seems to be the only constant in today’s fast-moving global economy. Progress can be disruptive to our clients’ business models, and our own.

We see first-hand how digital technology is transforming every industry: more than 70 per cent of tech deals are now done by non-tech businesses.

In response to this new reality, we put innovation at the heart of what we do – and what you’ll be doing. At a strategic level, we are leaders in advising on emerging risks and creating new value protections. But we need dynamic trainees to help apply this ‘digital lens’ to everything we do

Our next generation of lawyers will work with clients to develop new models for delivering our services, using a combination of new technology, alternative resourcing, flexible pricing and process improvement.

The Manchester office is also home to a range of business service functions

We are already using AI and legal technology to drive efficiency, increase price predictability and reduce risk. Much of this tech is used in our Legal Services Centre (LSC), which offers cost-effective and high-quality legal services for the more process-driven aspects of our client work. And our lawyers use tech like Neota Logic, which allows them to ‘code’ logical steps in a decision-making process, saving valuable time.

Staying ahead of the curve means we have to collaborate with academia, including the University of Manchester’s School of Computer Science. Our joint projects include semantic web technologies to help us search internal data and know-how, and analysis of the impact of disruptive technology on the provision of legal services.

We also have close links with the legal tech start-up community and sponsor Legal Geek, the largest law tech community in the world.

At Freshfields you can get the chance to work with our:

  • associate innovation group – associates from across the firm who generate ideas, develop business cases and assess value to clients;
  • continuous improvement team, which works with lawyers and business services staff to identify and effect improvements in the way we interact with technology and service our clients;
  • legal project management capability, which helps lawyers deliver those improvements in a structured and disciplined way to keep costs down;
  • legal technologists, who identify and work with technology solutions to drive greater efficiencies; and
  • product development specialists, who link our offices and the LSC to ensure that we continue to meet high quality standards.
First year undergraduate
  • Open day

    25 April 2019

    1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • Spring scheme one

    10 Apr – 11 Apr 2019

    1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • Spring scheme two

    17 Apr – 18 Apr 2019

    1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • Freshers meet Freshfields workshop

    4 Dec 2018

  • Open day

    25 April 2019

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • Vacation scheme
    insight workshop

    6 Dec 2018

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct – 9 Nov 2018

  • Summer vacation schemes

    17 Jun – 5 Jul 2019

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 3 Jan 2019

    8 Jul – 26 Jul 2019

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 3 Jan 2019

  • Training contract 2021

    Summer application window dates:

    Law (UK LLB) only

    3 Jun – 18 Jul 2019

    London/Asia training contract 2021

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 31 Jan 2019

  • Final year non-law workshop

    11 Dec 2018

  • Open day

    25 April 2019

    1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • Training contract 2021

    Winter application window

    1 Oct 2018 – 3 Jan 2019

    Summer application window

    3 June – 18 July 2019

  • London/Asia
    training contract

  • Graduate workshop

    13 Dec 2018

  • Open day

    25 April 2019

    1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • Training contract 2021

    Winter application window

    1 Oct 2018 – 3 Jan 2019

    Summer application window

    3 June – 18 July 2019

  • London/Asia
    training contract

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