We work worldwide

We have over 2,500 lawyers worldwide who work wherever our clients need us. We can put together tailored, multi-skilled, international teams at very short notice. Our relationships with leading local firms enables us to deliver a truly seamless service. This means you get an unbeatable combination of international experience and understanding, tailored advice, and reliable local knowledge and contacts – whenever and wherever you need it. Find out more about our global network by choosing a country or region

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Building your career at Freshfields

Explaining the culture of a firm is always difficult. But we think ours is special.

Like other international law firms, we have offices in many capital cities, and we have busy, sometimes long, working days. We serve demanding clients, with needs in every possible corner of the world. Big or small, commercial or institutional, what our clients all have in common is the sheer ambition and complexity of what they want to achieve. Put simply, they hire Freshfields when it matters most.

A career at Freshfields carries a few promises. You will not be bored. You will face problems you haven’t seen before. You’ll meet interesting and friendly people, and you’ll always work in teams. Teamwork calls for a genuine interest in other people and acceptances of differences. It also means an exceptional willingness to pitch in to get the job done.

The sections below describe (as far as they can in a few words!) what you might expect from life at Freshfields, and professional opportunities across the firm.

Life at Freshfields : United Kingdom

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Our London office is at the heart of our global network, in one of the most exciting world cities.

London is arguably the world’s greatest financial centre: all of the world’s leading financial institutions have a significant presence here. It’s home to the headquarters of more than 100 of Europe’s largest companies.

Our London team has a reputation that’s second to none.

They’re the team the world’s leading businesses turn to for help with their most challenging problems. They work with colleagues around the world on complex, cross-border deals and disputes.

Whether you join as a lawyer, a recent graduate or in a business services role, London is a great place to work.

You will have the opportunity to work on challenging, engaging work that will give you the opportunity to make your mark and progress your career. We believe there is no better place to work.

Manchester (Freshfields Global Centre (Europe))

Freshfields Global centre Europe

Freshfields wants to be the law firm that clients turn to for help on crucial legal and commercial issues, wherever in the world they may be. We aim to deliver seamless service across borders, cultures and languages, and the launch of the Freshfields Global Centre (Europe) is central to this vision.

The Freshfields Global Centre (Europe) will provide comprehensive support to our lawyers and their clients, as well as to our business services colleagues – around the clock and around the world. 

Our aspiration is to establish two further sites in addition to our first site in Manchester – one in the US and one in Asia-Pacific – giving our lawyers the worldwide 24/7 support they need to deliver excellent client service.

Click here for more on the Freshfields Global Centre (Europe)

Our work

Antitrust, competition and trade

Antitrust, competition, regulatory and international trade (ACT) issues are critical to business in a global economy.

We’ve a leading team of lawyers experienced in ACT matters, located across 15 countries. They’re supported by our litigation practice, making us uniquely placed to respond to global developments.

We advise clients across all sectors, including financial institutions and governments, on the complete range of ACT issues.

These include merger control; licensing and distribution; intellectual property; restrictive practices; abuse of dominance; cartel investigations and damages claims; compliance; state aid; liberalisation; privatisation; public procurement; and trade.

Our people

Freshfields has an exceptional population of professionals working in our London and Manchester offices.

They have a lot in common. They’ve got the people skills that make them good at working in teams – with clients as well as colleagues. They’re hard working and they’re always up for a challenge.

But they’re a diverse group too. They bring a broad range of nationalities, backgrounds and skills to what we do.

That’s important to us. Diversity helps us create an environment where everyone can realise their full potential. And it helps produce the fresh thinking and new ideas that set us apart and keep us ahead.

Read more about our commitment to creating a diverse workplace

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Adaora Oputa
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