Our firm shares a vision: to become the number one international law firm; the firm that is widely recognised as standing apart, for the quality of our advice and for our unswerving commitment to our clients.
But itâ€™s not just our legal advice and client service that set us apart.
Itâ€™s the way we work with our clients, other firms and each other, our character and our values.
Our values capture a shared sense of whatâ€™s important to us and what you can expect from us, whether youâ€™re a client or colleague.
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
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
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
- 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
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.
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.