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The way we do business at Freshfields reflects who we are and what we stand for.

Responsible business

At Freshfields we don’t just want to advise our clients well, we want to do so in a responsible and sustainable way.

We are committed to running our business in an ethical way and to becoming a more diverse and inclusive workplace. We also act free of charge (pro bono) for clients ranging from individual asylum seekers to some of the world’s biggest charities.

We support the green ribbon campaign to help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues
REAP is helping us to achieve our #carbonneutral goal #ResponsibleBusiness
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We don’t see this as a ‘nice to have’: responsibility is at the heart of our firm, inextricably intertwined with our character, our values and our ethos.

We need to reflect the diversity of our clients, and be connected to the many local communities where we work.

For me, ‘responsible business’ is shorthand for the way we should work if we want the firm to be successful over the long term.
Edward Braham, Senior Partner

Access to opportunity

Freshfields is committed to widening access to the legal profession for the best students, irrespective of background, ethnicity, sexual orientation or anything else. To help us achieve this, we have strong relationships with partner organisations such as Rare Recruitment, Aspiring Solicitors, and My Plus Consulting.

We also set up the award-winning Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme to address the disproportionate under-representation in large commercial law firms of black men from low-income households.

Diversity and inclusion

Our aim is simple – to be a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential, irrespective of their background or different abilities. The firm supports a number of initiatives and programmes which aim to widen access to the profession, develop our people and ensure we foster an inclusive culture for all.

Gender

Bringing a strong pool of female talent through to partnership is a priority for most large law firms. We are no different.

We recognise that this requires long-term intervention and are creating a pipeline of talented female lawyers and helping them reach their potential.

Our 12-month global sponsorship programme is a tailored learning and development opportunity at the firm for female lawyers, with the aim of giving them the skills to reach their full potential through a sponsoring partner and coaching sessions.

We are committed to supporting wider change beyond the firm as demonstrated by our work and founding membership with the 30% Club. Freshfields is a founding member in the UK, US, Hong Kong and Italy.

LGBT+

Freshfields strives to ensure that LGBT+ employees feel supported in our offices, no matter where they work.

Activities focused on graduate LGBT+ lawyers include our sponsorship of the LGBT Bar’s annual Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair and sponsoring the LGBT Leaders graduate recruitment event.

We have an active global LGBT+ network, Halo, and Halo Champions, providing a global network of staff not identifying as LGBT+ but who support and promote LGBT+ equality.

We are a founding partner of Stonewall’s Global Diversity Champions programme, a best practice forum for global organisations that are committed to LGBT+ equality across the world.

We have also contributed to the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT Rights and hosted the launch of the report in our London office. A number of our LGBT+ lawyers are involved with these matters.

Race and ethnicity

As a global firm, our focus is to attract and retain talent from underrepresented groups, particularly at senior levels.

In 2015 we launched our first global Black Affinity Network, which brings together lawyers of black African and black African Caribbean heritage from across the firm. And the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship, which mentors and develops talented black male law students from less privileged backgrounds, has yielded trainees who have joined Freshfields.

Halo, our global LBGT+ network, and other diversity groups within the firm are really important.
Andrew Austin, Partner

Engaging our clients

The wider environmental, social and governance agendas present new risks and opportunities to global businesses, including many of our clients.

We believe our role as trusted adviser to many of the world’s multinational enterprises also enables us to help our clients integrate these sustainability considerations within their operations.

We also regularly collaborate with clients on initiatives of shared interest.

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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