The Legal Cheek View
Fieldfisher is the place to be if you want delightful partners, wonderful work/life balance (for a City law firm) and decent coffee. The firm is rated A* for the former two categories in the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey. Respondents ranked their superiors as among the most approachable in corporate law, while the hours are said to be “as good as can be for a transactional lawyer” with few staying in the office beyond 7pm. The coffee, meanwhile, is apparently as good as anything you’d find in the more gentrified parts of Hackney.
Fieldfisher – which has enjoyed a very good run of financial results over the last four years – also scored well for quality of work, the supportiveness of its young lawyers, social life, office (especially the fancy London one on the banks of the Thames) and perks (which are often food-based).
A typical gesture was the strawberry tarts that lawyers were given to cheer them up after the Brexit result. Free brownies, cakes and ice cream are also regularly disseminated around the firm.
Split between London and Manchester in the UK, Fieldfisher also has a host of offices in mainland Europe alongside outposts in the Silicon Valley and Shanghai. Secondments are available to some of these locations. Legal Cheek understands that around 15% of Fieldfisher trainees have spent time abroad with the firm.
Practice area-wise, dispute resolution is a key area – with the firm doing well lately out of instructions from Russia. Finance, technology, tax and regulation (which may explain those Brexit strawberry tarts) are also big.
The pay is OK but not exactly stellar for the City, with London trainees starting on £37,000, rising to £62,000 on qualification. Those who manage to make it up to partner level stand to earn over half a million a year.