Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Main office 65 Fleet Street, | London | LONDON | EC4Y 1HS
Phone 44-20-7936-4000 
Fax 44-20-7832-7001 
Year of establishment 1743
Number of offices 27
Largest office London
Number of attorneys 2225


We are an international law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world's leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on ground-breaking and business-critical mandates. Our 2,500 plus lawyers deliver results worldwide through our own offices and alongside leading local firms. Our commitment and business know-how means our clients rely on us when it matters most. The material on this page is provided by the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (a limited liability partnership organised under the law of England and Wales) (the UK LLP firm) and the offices and associated entities of the firm UK LLP practising under the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer name in a number of jurisdictions, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, together referred to in the material as ‘Freshfields’

Areas of practice

  • Competition and antitrust
  • Crisis management
  • Critical contracts
  • Disputes
  • litigation and arbitration
  • Financing and capital raising
  • Governance and risk management
  • Intellectual property and brand protection
  • Investigations
  • Investment fund services
  • M&A and similar transactions
  • People
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory
  • compliance and public law
  • Strategic decisions
  • Tax

  • Consumer products
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Financial institutions
  • Financial investors
  • Governments
  • Health
  • Infrastructure and transport
  • Leisure
  • Manufacturing
  • industrial and services
  • Media
  • Pro bono
  • Real estate
  • Retail
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

Notable cases

  • A joint team of British and American lawyers from Freshfields carried out the internal investigation for Oxford University Press (OUP), which resulted in the publisher's subsidiaries paying

Awards and recognitions

Global Law Firm of the Year (Who's Who Legal Awards 2012)
M&A team of the year (IFLR European Awards 2010)
M&A team of the year (British Legal Awards 2009 and 2008)
Germany law firm of the year and UK law firm of the year (Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2009)
Most innovative law firm (Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards 2009)
Law firm of the year (The Lawyer Awards 2008)
International law firm of the year (PLC Which Lawyer? Awards 2008)
Who's Who Legal's Commercial Arbitration Law firm of the year award in 2010 for the fifth consecutive year
Chambers Global's Arbitration Law firm of the year award in 2008 for the third consecutive year
Ranked first in the Global Arbitration Review's GAR100 in 2010 for the third consecutive year
Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2011
Private Equity Team of the Year (Legal Business Awards)
Internal Communications Team of the Year (The Lawyer HR Awards)
'European Law Firm of the Year' at 2010 Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence.
Voted 'Global Law Firm of the Year' by Who's Who Legal in 2010.
Named 'China Foreign Firm of the Year' by PLC Which Lawyer?
Won Best Partnership Project at the 2010 National Recycling Awards

Hiring criteria

As the firm continues to grow within the US, Freshfields is increasingly becoming selective and stringent in its hiring process. The firm is always in the lookout for candidates who have strong resumes and are passionate about international law.

Applicants are not required to have a law degree and more than a-third of the law firm employees do not have a legal career background. Many arts and languages students are interested in the international nature of the firm. The firm even hires students who are into music, construction management and psychology too.

Here are some of the competences and skills that the firm would love in a hired candidate:

Analytical ability and new innovations to problem solving
Determined trainees
Curious to ideas and willing to take up challenges
Belief in teamwork and willing to adjust
Strong organized sense and sensibility
Strong commercial sense


Freshfields believes in nurturing an environment of mutual respect and belongingness. The firm attributes its success to its ability to highlight the diversity of its clients and the societal structure. Freshfields believes that each of its lawyers should make it big in the world irrespective of gender, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion or background. Diversity is embedded within the firm's systems, processes and culture in all of its offices. Freshfields hires from among the widest talent pool available and everybody is given a chance to attain their maximum potential. The firm actively consults experts and organizations to implement best practices, establish priorities and to become a leader in diversity initiatives in the near future.

Summer associate program

Freshfields' summer associate program gives students a taste of what it is like to work at a large "City" law firm. The program provides an opportunity to get involved in many different aspects of transactions, from assisting a deal team as it constructs an offering document to helping to draft an underwriting agreement.

The firm believes that the very best way to learn about the law is to practice the law. So the firm provides summer associates opportunities to interact one-on-one with partners, counsel and associates while you are actually working with them.

Recognizing the importance of formal training, Freshfields also offers summer associates the chance to participate in a range of seminars every year which include topics such as an overview of their corporate practice, the anatomy of a CDO, ethical issues in transactional representation, basic drafting, avoiding common pitfalls - what every lawyer should know about legal ethics, conducting due diligence on people, anywhere in the world, before doing business with them, trends in electronic discovery etc.

Freshfields organizes a range of social events every year designed to help summer associates get to know both the city and the people in the law firm better.

The summer program at Freshfields is unique in a number of ways. Summer associates get to design their own personal summer experience with the guidance of the work allocation partner. Summer associates receive assignments from partners and associates across different practice areas, but are personally responsible for tracking their own work and providing weekly progress summaries. When assignments are completed, they receive feedback from the relevant associate or partner. Summer associates are formally assessed twice: at the halfway point and again at the end of the summer. However, all supervising lawyers endeavor to provide continuous feedback, advice and encouragement throughout the program.

Salary & benefits

Salaries at Freshfields are based on a set lockstep system and first-year associates earn salaries starting at $160,000 per year. A pay freeze was initiated in its non-US offices in 2009 by the firm which was soon lifted in February 2010. There are tiers of associate compensation based on performance and bonus amounts are said to match the market too. Spring bonuses were announced in 2011 making Freshfields one of the first firms to pay spring bonuses outside the Vault's top 15 firms.

Freshfields Bruckhaus's profits per equity partner were $1,108,000 in recent figures, placing the firm in the 78th percentile.


  • 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
  • Bar Association Fees
  • Business Casual Dress Code
  • CLE
  • Dental Insurance
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family/Dependent Care Leave
  • Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Long-term Care Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Short-term Disability Insurance
  • Sick Leave
  • Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
  • Vacation Leave

Benefits Package:

The firm currently provides full company paid medical, dental, short and long term disability, and life insurance plans; 5 weeks paid vacation pery year; maternity/paternity leave; 401 (k); discounted gym memberships.

Working for the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    Freshfields is always known to bring clients who are always caught up with huge, complex deals, disputes and problems which are of international nature. The staff at the firm has a reputation for being open minded, big thinkers and strategists who go the long way to clinch deals and resolve disputes. Freshfields believes in teamwork and hence clients are given realistic commitments only based on a team's performance. The firm has a long history of trust and hence clients confide in them the way they would do in family members. Freshfields strongly believes in sharing professional know-how across the firm and investing in the right people.

    Freshfields is one of the world's best legal firms since it boasts of an unrivalled variety of work globally across a variety of industries and sectors. The firm does not believe in any short cuts either and encourages each and every lawyer to work hard for success.

Pro bono

    Freshfields has initiated two themed programmes on the rule of law and the Millennium Development Goals (adopted by the UN for tackling international issues of poverty, child mortality, disease and environment). The firm promotes human rights and strives to deliver justice to those who otherwise would not have it.

    The firm's pro bono clients include individual asylum seekers and non-governmental organizations. The firm advises the "Save the Children International" in matters related to global restructuring. Freshfields was jointly awarded Pro Bono Team of the Year for its work on asylum support appeals. Freshfields helps out asylum seekers in tribunal hearings and for defending their rights. The firm's Frankfurt Partner DietmarKnopp received the European Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Development of Pro Bono Culture as he helped mobilize legal professionals to establish and expand pro bono practice in many parts in Germany.

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