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Living and working in London

A walk in London

Whether you know London well or have never set foot in the capital, you’ll love living and working in one of the world’s most exciting cities.

Our London office

Our London office is on Fleet Street, near the historic centre of the capital’s legal district. The Royal Courts of Justice are just a short walk away, as are all four Inns of Court.

You’ll be based here during your training contract unless you’re on secondment.

We’re also close to the City, within walking distance of the entertainment districts of Covent Garden and the South Bank, and near the restaurants and pubs of Clerkenwell.

Railway stations within half an hour’s walk of the office include City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Waterloo and Charing Cross.

Making the move to London

If you’re accepted as a trainee at Freshfields, we’ll ask that you do a six-month legal practice course (LPC) in central London.

This will be your chance to meet the other people in your intake, while learning some of the basics you need as a trainee – and enjoying what the city has to offer.

Living and working in central London can be expensive. So we offer a contribution to your living expenses while you’re at law school and up to £2,000 as an interest-free loan when you arrive at Freshfields to cover the cost of a season ticket, among other benefits.

If you’d like to know more about the process of moving down to London and making a new life here, contact the graduate recruitment team.

We’ll do our best to put you in touch with someone in the firm who was once in the same position.

‘The best thing about the LPC was getting to know everyone – to kick-start our professional network.’
Ben, trainee

‘I grew up in Harrogate, and had never visited London before my interview. Freshfields gave me really useful advice on finding the right place to live.’
John, associate

Settling in at Freshfields

We try to make settling in as straightforward as we can. You’ll have a two-week induction to help you find your way around. That’s also when you’ll get to know your trainee intake partner, who will be your informal mentor for the course of your training contract.

People sat chatting in the park

Social life at Freshfields

There’s always something going on at Freshfields.

If you play sports there are football, cricket, hockey, rugby, netball, tennis and volleyball teams. You’ll also have the chance to swim, cycle, sail or ski.

We have active diversity networks, including the London Women’s Network, Halo (our LGBT+ network), the Black Affinity Network, plus a theatre-outing group, a choir and a house band.

If there isn’t a group that suits your interests, you’re encouraged to start your own.

These networks offer you the chance to spend time with people from all over the firm, not just lawyers.

There are also plenty of chances to meet fellow lawyers on a more informal basis. Trainees often arrange social events such as nights out, activities and trips away.