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|Number of work placements:||24|
|Minimum qualification:||2.1 degree and ABB at A level|
|Start salary:||£35,000 (2013)|
|Sponsorship:||GDL/LPC fees plus grants|
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Application details and method of selection
Please apply online via our website at www.careers.fieldfisher.com/graduates.
You will be asked to complete a verbal reasoning and logical reasoning psychometric test after completing your application form. If successful your application form will be 'blind' assessed by one of our trained fee earner assessors and if successful you will be invited to an assessment centre. This is the same process for vacation schemes and training contracts.
The deadline for our 2018 vacation schemes in London, Birmingham and Manchester is 15 January 2018. The deadline for 2020 training contracts in London is 30 June 2018. Applications for 2018 and 2019 training contracts in Birmingham and for 2019 training contracts in Manchester close 15 January 2018.
Firm description and career prospects
Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technology, finance and financial services, and energy and natural resources.
Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our Beijing, Shanghai and Silicon Valley teams. Among our clients, we count social media sites and high street coffee chains through to pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, banks and government departments.
Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and experience, on time and on budget.
We have more than 600 lawyers across our offices, all providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.
We have chosen University of Law to be our preferred provider of the GDL and LPC. We will pay course fees in full and provide a competitive maintenance grant. For more details please visit our website: www.careers.fieldfisher.com/graduates.
Usually attendees of the scheme will spend the two weeks in one department and will be assigned daily tasks to carry out. The training programme also schedules in-depth departmental presentations – these are interactive sessions, so attendees can collect as much knowledge and information about the firm as they wish. Other seminars and lectures will cover business and technical, communication and presentation skills and afternoon tea with our managing partner!
Fieldfisher rely on the vacation schemes in the recruitment of their trainees. In 2016, over 90% of training contracts were offered to those who attended a vacation scheme.
Training contract programme
The training contract is split into four seats of six months' duration and our range of practice areas enable us to offer outstanding opportunities for training. Trainees are treated as a valued part of the team and sit near their supervising partner or senior associate in our new open plan office. Our trainees benefit from high quality work as they are encouraged to take responsibility at an early stage of their training contracts. Trainees have the opportunity to choose seats within nearly all of our practice areas, popular choices include IP and technology, PI and medical negligence, corporate and commercial, banking and finance, regulatory and real estate. We also offer trainee seats in a wide range of other areas including public sector, litigation, employment and competition. Also popular are our trainee secondments to Viacom, the BBC and our Silicon Valley office. We invest highly in the development and training of all our trainees and provide good quality work within a friendly and a supportive working culture.
In addition to formal external courses, there are a wide range of internal seminars and training events. We believe that this is just one of the reasons that we have such good retention rates. We are proud of our friendly, relaxed and supportive working environment and there are always numerous sporting and social events to take part in throughout the year.
Benefits include: 25 days' holiday, life assurance, season ticket loan, medical insurance, GP service, as well as rooftop yoga and fitness classes. We operate a flexible benefits scheme where you have the ability to flex your benefits according to your lifestyle (for example having more holiday or less insurance cover). We also offer our newly-qualified solicitors four weeks' unpaid leave to mark the end of their training contracts.
Banking and asset finance, commercial IP, corporate, derivatives, dispute resolution, employment and pensions, financial regulation, IP and technology protection and enforcement, personal injury and medical negligence, real estate, regulatory, structured finance, tax, technology, outsourcing and privacy.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial, General Commercial
Amsterdam, Beijing, Birmingham, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, London, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Silicon Valley
i-Probono, London Legal Support Trust (LLST), Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre, Young Enterprise
Diversity access schemes
Aspiring Solicitors, Law Society Diversity Access Scheme, Legal Apprenticeships , Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership