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Freeths is a national law firm. Tracing its origins in the East Midlands back to 1810, the firm has in recent years pursued a dynamic strategy of becoming a pre-eminent regional law firm, with successful offices now established in Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Oxford and Sheffield. While Freeths is a heavyweight commercial firm, serving a wide variety of corporate and institutional clients, there is also a strong commitment to a broad range of legal services, which includes a substantial private client element. This enables us to give a breadth of experience in training which is not always available in firms of a similar size.
Types of work
The firm covers a wide range of work and is organised into four divisions: real estate and construction, commercial services, private client and personal litigation.
To find out what it is like to work at Freeths LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
We offer work experience placements at the end of the spring term, during the summer holidays and in the autumn half term. Opportunities will be advertised through our website careers page as they become available and should be applied for directly through our website.
Our legal assistant programme allows you to gain grass roots experience of working in a legal environment alongside our talented lawyers. You will provide a combination of administrative and legal support to trainees, lawyers and partners, which means that you get a true picture of what a career in law could offer you in the long term. We are looking for outstanding legal assistants with excellent academics, first class organisation, with the ability to build lasting relationships and have a flexible and can-do attitude to contribute and succeed with us.
Legal assistant positions are initially for six months. We review performance at three monthly intervals; at the six-month mark we are assessing performance and attitude with a view to offering a second six month contract. At the nine-month stage, we make a decision on whether to offer funding for the Solicitor Qualifying Examinations and a further contract to enable you to complete your Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) and this will be delivered through a graduate level apprenticeship.
Successful legal assistants will then enrol onto the graduate apprenticeship and this means starting the formal training. This will involve working at Freeths four days a week and studying one day a week at the University of Law to prepare for and take the SQE1 and SQE2. You will have the option to make the apprenticeship up to a masters qualification. The apprenticeship will last 25 months and during that period, you will rotate seats in different areas of law whilst completing your QWE.
Once you have completed our graduate apprenticeship and passed your exams you will be ready to qualify!
We offer funding for the Solicitor Qualifying Examinations.
Freeths are committed to giving everyone an opportunity to succeed, regardless of their background, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion or belief, age, social background or part-time status. We are proud to be as diverse as our clients.
We believe that our inclusive attitude and eagerness to try new things gives us an edge in the legal field. For example, we pick our trainees and graduates based on their talent rather than the name of their university. From finding innovative ways of working to building trust in our varied clients, diversity underpins our success. Our aim is to attract, develop and retain the brightest lawyers in the UK from many walks of life.
We offer funding for the Solicitor Qualifying Examinations.
- Commercial litigation
- Real estate
- Real estate litigation
- Clinical negligence
- Personal injury
- Private client
- General Commercial
- General Practice
- Corporate & Commercial
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
Agriculture & rural issues
It is unsurprising that some of the country's strongest agricultural law practices are to be found in rural regions.
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Civil liberties & human rights
Sponsored by Hodge Jones & Allen. Human rights law broadly refers to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Clinical or medical negligence lawyers advise on instances of injury or death arising from incorrect or inadequate medical treatment or diagnosis.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Sponsored by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Family lawyers deal with diverse issues including marriage, civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation, divorce, financial claims and pre and post-nuptial agreements.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Sponsored by Russell-Cooke. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP. Sports law involves the legal issues at play in the worlds of both amateur and professional sport.
Phone: 034 5009 4028
Email: [email protected]
|Number of work placements:||150|
|Minimum qualification:||We have no grade level entry requirements.|
|Start salary:||London £35,000/Bristol £31,000/Elsewhere £27,000|
|Retention rate:||82% (2021)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
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