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Japan - Our people

Approachable, supportive, inclusive. People make our firm and there’s not one type.

At Freshfields, we’re united in striving for excellence.

A truly international firm with one set of values, we create a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone is empowered to belong, thrive and develop together. We never wait for the challenge tomorrow, we always challenge today.

Our people


Our lawyers come from a range of nationalities and backgrounds. All of our Japanese lawyers (bengoshi) speak both Japanese and English as do a number of our international practitioners. They provide Japanese and international clients legal advice in the world, including Japan, Asia, Europe, United Kingdom, United States, Africa and Latin America.

The legal world is changing. Demand for our skills is growing and we’re always looking for new, world-class legal talent.

Whatever your background, teamwork is important to us. And you must have an appetite for challenging work, a flair for creative thinking, and the organisation and discipline to manage complex deals.

Business services

We highly value people who support us in human resources (HR), IT, administration, finance and accounting, and marketing and business development.

Business service teams support lawyers and play key roles in operating our office, working closely with our colleagues in other offices.

As with our legal teams, we want only the best people to take on business services roles that are so pivotal to our success. We're always interested in hearing from people with the right skills.


To recruit and retain the best lawyers, we offer outstanding career development.

This includes global induction programmes; training sessions with teams and practice groups; residential development programmes; and worldwide conferences (Face-to-face, remote, hybrid, etc., depending on the current situation, the format will be taken into account).

As your career progresses and you take on more responsibility, we’ll help you to develop your team, business and project management skills. It all goes towards helping you fulfil your potential.

Business services

We make sure all employees supporting our fee-earners benefit from comprehensive personal and professional development.

Our learning and development team has designed business services skills workshops to develop capabilities such as influencing and presentation, effective writing, team leadership, management development, facilitation and coaching.

Our tailored development programmes and activities build on existing strengths and respond to development needs.