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Salary and benefits

As well as solving some of the world’s most complex legal issues, you will also be rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits package.

There are many reasons graduates choose to join us, including our flexible eight-seat trainee associate programme, a competitive salary and benefits package, and the chance to work internationally.

We pay trainees a £50,000 salary in the first year, rising to £55,000 in the second year, as well as offering a range of lifestyle benefits and other perks. If you stay on as a newly qualified associate, you’ll earn £125,000.

As a trainee, you can also have:

  • 26 days’ paid holiday per year;
  • Optional four weeks’ paid leave after the trainee associate programme;
  • £2,000 interest-free loan when you join;
  • season-ticket loan (if appropriate)
  • progressive family policies;
  • emergency care for children and adults;
  • numerous employee networks and clubs;
  • private medical insurance;
  • dental insurance (self-paid);
  • on-site GP; and
  • mental health and wellbeing focus.


We offer a range of lifestyle benefits, including:

  • an office 60 seconds from Liverpool Street Station;
  • agile working;
  • insurance options;
  • range of services and discounts;
  • confidential support;
  • bike racks, lockers and shower rooms;
  • Cycle to Work scheme;
  • subsidised on-site restaurant and wine bar;
  • offset personal carbon emissions;
  • a range of social and sporting activities; and
  • regular social events.

Before you arrive at Freshfields

We'll pay all your tuition and examination fees for the Law Foundations Course (PGDL) if your degree discipline is non-law, and the City Consortium Solicitor Training Programme (CCP).

We’ll also give you a £10,000 maintenance grant to study the Law Foundations Course (PGDL), and £20,000 to study the CCP course (pro rata if you’ve already started the course when you accept our offer) to cover your living costs while you study.

We offer a discretionary grant up to £2,500 to support you while you’re doing a legal internship.

We also offer mentoring support and coaching to some of our future trainees who come from under-represented backgrounds, to help them to hit the ground running when they start their career with us.

     Apply now*

*Applications open 10 October