Freshfields is ideal for associates seeking exciting international work. The firm is in an expansion phase, which means lots of opportunity for early hand-on experience—plus strong mentorship and a friendly culture are additional perks. In the U.S. specifically, the firm works across more than a dozen industries, including automotive, chemicals, consumer goods, energy and natural resources, financial institutions, financial sponsors, government and public sector, infrastructure and transport, manufacturing...
Total No. Attorneys (2021)
No. of Partners Named (2021)
No. of 1st Year Associates Hired (2020)
No. of Summer Associates (2021)
Freshfields gravitates toward candidates from top law schools, but personality is crucial, and international experience is a big plus. This is a firm where colleagues care about one another at every level and are a social bunch. Partners are respectful of and invested in associates. Information about firm performance and finances is shared freely, but specifics about promotions are reportedly a bit vague. There is no billable-hours requirement, which most view as a positive, and a new coordinator is making progress toward more-even work distribution. Associates are very pleased with compensation, which is market and has matched recent special bonuses. The work—much of it cross-border—is interesting, and associates are given assignments as challenging as th...
For more than 250 years, Freshfields has remained a constant at the top of the U.K. and European legal market. With 27 international offices, the firm has expanded its reach around the globe and recently has become a player in the United States with growing offices in New York; Silicon Valley; and Washington, DC. Its U.S.-qualified team is now 380 strong, with roughly a third of the U.S. partnership and associate team having joined since the start of 2019.
Established Name, Modern Growth
Founded in 1743, Freshfields just might be the oldest international law firm in the world. Its first client was the Bank of England, which remains a firm client to this day. In 1801, the first Freshfield, James William Freshfield, joined the firm as a partner. Successive g...
Hours & Compensation
Who We Are
More than 2,800 lawyers who work in 150+ countries and speak over 70 languages. Freshfields combines the entrepreneurial and collaborative environment of a boutique firm with the top clients, scale, mandates, resources, benefits and training of one of the oldest and largest international firms in the world.
With top-tier lawyers in the U.S. in M&A, corporate governance, securities and shareholder litigation, antitrust, white-collar defense and investigations, restructuring, technology and CFIUS, we offer clients the ability to work with the world’s first “jurisdictionally agnostic” firm, capable of delivering elite legal advice in every major practice area and in every corner of the world. We help clients navigate their most complex business issues and capitalize on their most significant opportunities. This work involves executing complex cross-border transactions, dealing with the most challenging multijurisdictional litigations and global investigations, and handling arbitrations and regulatory issues involving multiple countries.