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Living and working in London

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Whether you know London well or have never set foot in the capital, it’s hard not to 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. You’ll be based here during your training contract unless you’re on secondment.

The Royal Courts of Justice are just a short walk away, as are all four Inns of Court. 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 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.

I had limited experience of London before I moved here, but I’ve been here for nearly ten years now and I love it.’
Nick Ames, senior 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.

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.

‘There have been a lot of social events recently: the LGBT society Afternoon Tea, the summer corporate party and the summer finance party. We also had a junior associate and trainee night out, which was really good.’
Gifty Okonkwo, trainee
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Looking forward: 100 Bishopsgate

We’re a firm with strong traditions, but we have a history of thinking ahead. Anticipating the needs of our clients – and our people – is what keeps us competitive. This is why, in 2021, we will be moving our London office from Fleet Street to 100 Bishopsgate. After nearly three decades, it marks the end of an era – and the beginning of an exciting new chapter.

Located in the heart of the City, close to Bank, Liverpool Street and Crossrail, 100 Bishopsgate provides a fantastic location and brings us closer to some of our key clients. It also puts a range of amenities on our doorstep, from bars, restaurants and shops to gyms, art galleries, yoga studios and even an ice-rink!

We will be occupying 12 floors of the 37-storey building, with Royal Bank of Canada and global investment bank Jefferies as our co-tenants. We’ll benefit from more modern working spaces, while keeping the same amenities – dedicated fitness centre, staff restaurant – that we have today. It’s an exciting time to join the firm.