Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

The Legal Cheek View

If you want top perks, look no further than Freshfields Brukhaus Deringer: there's freshly made sushi every Tuesday and Thursday evening (by an expert chef, naturally), an in-house gym (free, of course), a winter ski trip (generously subsidised, you'll be unsurprised to learn) and theatre tickets (half price, darling). The only hitch for those lucky enough to secure a training contract with the magic circle giant is that they sometimes struggle to find the time to celebrate the above delights -- because Freshfields is uber work hard-play hard territory (with an emphasis on the former).

Hours can be long and grinding, with late evening (or beyond) departures from the office common place. Note how Freshfields only provides free cabs after 9:30pm, rather than the standard 9pm offered by many firms. It's "not unexpectedly bad" one trainee tells us, "but not sure how sustainable it is". Still, you don't get to be the most profitable firm in the magic circle (with the exception, possibly, of Slaughter and May, which doesn't make public its financial results) by clocking off early. Freshfields' profit per equity partner was up 8% this year to a staggering £1.47 million.

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Deadlines

Workshops

13 December 2016; 22-23 March; 7 September 2017

Applications open: 3 October 2016
Applications close: See Freshfields' website

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Training Contract

To commence 2019

Applications open: 3 October 2016
Applications close: 2 January; 17 July 2017

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Key Info

Training contracts 80
Latest trainee retention rate 95%
Offices 28
Countries 16
Minimum A-level requirement No Minimum
Minimum degree requirement No Minimum

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
B
Partner approach-ability
B
Work/life balance
D
Perks
A*
Office
B
Canteen
A
Social life
A
Chances of secondment abroad
A*

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 9:14am
Average leave time 8:57pm
Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 26 days

Money

First year trainee salary £43,000
Second year trainee salary £48,000
Newly qualified salary £85,000
Profit per equity partner £1,470,000
GDL grant £7,250
LPC grant £7,000

Diversity

UK female associates 49%
UK female partners 17%
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed