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Marianne Wood

Marianne Wood, Trainee

Freshfields in three words Global, rewarding, collaborative

Marianne Wood, Trainee

Marianne Wood, Freshfields Trainee, talks about her preconceptions, responsibility and pro bono work.

Some of my preconceptions about Freshfields were definitely wrong.

It can seem an intimidating place before you start, and you hear so many stories about people doing all-nighters. Whilst it’s true that I work hard, I still have a busy life outside of the firm and that’s respected. Even when I’m here late, it’s normally because something interesting is happening, which I wouldn’t want to miss anyway.

I chose Freshfields because it seemed like the most international of the City firms.

There’s a really strong European presence, lots of offices across Asia and a couple in the States. We really are an integrated global team and often work closely with our other offices on client matters.

I never thought I’d enjoy a work-organised holiday, but our netball tour to La Manga in Spain was great fun.

It’s a really good way to get to know people you might not otherwise meet, especially other trainees and associates.

You get real responsibility as a trainee.

In my first seat I worked on one of the biggest ever class actions in Europe, which was really exciting. I also got to attend and participate in an important client meeting with colleagues from our Düsseldorf office.

I’ve done some really rewarding work too,

including mentoring local high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds and advising companies on the Modern Slavery Act. I have also prepared applications for ‘exceptional case funding’, which is a kind of legal aid for people in desperate need – often refugees and asylum seekers. I’ve worked on some of the firm’s larger pro bono mandates, such as helping out with a corporate governance review for a large international street children’s charity.

What does Freshfields expect of trainees?

Definitely hard work and a positive attitude: being willing to muck in whatever the task might be. As a trainee, people expect you to ask if you’re not sure; nobody will ever be irritated by you asking for clarification or checking something. You’re not expected to be perfect – the training contract is there for you to learn and develop.

What can trainees expect of Freshfields?

Real investment in your training and development. Trainees are valued and very much included as part of the team, whether that’s in work-based tasks like client calls, or fun things like ski trips and closing lunches.

Freshfields in three words

Global, rewarding, collaborative

First year undergraduate
  • Open day

    25 April 2019

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • Freshers meet
    Freshfields workshop

    4 Dec 2018

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 9 Nov 2019

  • Spring scheme

    • 10 Apr – 11 Apr 2019

      Application window dates:

      1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

    • 17 Apr – 18 Apr 2019

      Application window dates:

      1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • 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

  • Open day

    25 April 2019

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • Training contract 2021

    Winter application window dates:
    Law and non-law

    1 Oct 2018 – 3 Jan 2019

    Summer application window dates:
    Law (UK LLB) only

    3 Jun – 18 Jul 2019

  • Final year non-law Workshop

    11 Dec 2018

    Application window dates:
    Non-law only

    1 Oct – 9 Nov 2018

  • London/Asia training
    contract 2021

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 31 Jan 2019

  • Open day

    25 April 2019

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 21 Feb 2019

  • Training contract 2021

    Winter application window dates:
    Law and non-law

    1 Oct 2018 – 3 Jan 2019

    Summer application window dates:
    Law (UK LLB) and GDL graduates

    3 Jun – 18 Jul 2019

  • Graduate workshop

    13 Dec 2018

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct – 9 Nov 2019

  • London/Asia training
    contract 2021

    Application window dates:

    1 Oct 2018 – 31 Jan 2019

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