You have numerous reasons for choosing us. Several are set out below.

The reason(s) why you choose us may be all, some or none of these. But one thing’s for sure: you’ll never get bored working at Freshfields.

Advice for the world’s biggest companies. We help global corporations navigate their most complex business issues and capitalize on their most significant opportunities. This work could involve executing very complicated cross-border transactions, dealing with the most challenging multijurisdictional litigations and global investigations, handling arbitrations and regulatory issues involving multiple countries and offering flexible financing solutions.

A global firm with global lawyers. Our U.S. lawyers work seamlessly with their peers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. They not only provide domestic U.S. advice of the highest quality but also help clients from a broad range of industries tackle the most challenging cross-border issues. Having been involved in $890bn+ of cross-border deals in the last five years, no wonder we’re the #1 firm for international work. 

Ambitious growth in the U.S. To broaden our capabilities in the U.S., we have recently added to our U.S. team renowned transactional partners who match the quality we are known for in other markets. We now have 37 partners and more than 200 attorneys in New York and Washington, DC and more than 350 U.S.-qualified practitioners across the world.

A well-run and profitable firm. Last year we posted one of the highest revenues of any law firm worldwide.

Work experience with in-built flexibility. As a summer associate, you’ll be paired with a partner mentor, an associate mentor and an office-mate who will help you navigate your way through the firm’s systems and operations. Until you’ve tried the work, gotten to know your colleagues, met the clients and experienced the challenges of working at an international firm, you won’t know which area of law will best suit you. That’s why our U.S. summer program offers you the flexibility to try as many practice areas as you wish, and there are no formal rotations. So keep an open mind for now.

Work experience with a purpose. We give new associates “‘live’” work assignments in every practice area, ensuring their experience is meaningful. For example, one recent summer associate was part of the team that successfully sought a writ of cert to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend a $200m arbitral award rendered against a South American country.

Work experience outside the U.S. We encourage summer associates to spend two weeks in one of our offices overseas, such as Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Madrid, Singapore or Tokyo. Our attorneys love the international nature of their work, not just because it is multifaceted and interesting, but also because ’it helps them get to know people from across the firm.

Find opportunities at Freshfields on our website.

Top of the market for pay and perks. Our recruits get a market-leading compensation and benefits package. First-year associates earn $180,000 plus bonuses. They also get 20 days of vacation a year in addition to the U.S. holidays.

A big-firm feel with small-firm characteristics. We combine the entrepreneurial and collaborative environment of a smaller boutique firm with the top clients, mandates, resources, benefits and training of one the largest firms in the world. Associates say the firm is collegial not stodgy, cutting-edge not cut-throat. The non-hierarchical environment promotes tremendous interaction among partners and associates. People are rewarded for what they can do, not how long they’ve been doing it.

Seeking out the unprecedented. No one matches the breadth and depth of our international experience. But what separates us the most from our peers is that we take on the hardest cases – those where the cross-border challenges crop up for the first time.

Our clients, our work. Our lawyers have advised:

  • ConocoPhillips on its multibillion-dollar case against Venezuela following confiscation of its investments, one of the largest investment treaty cases ever filed;
  • global drinks-can manufacturer Rexam on the $6.9bn cash-and-stock offer by U.S.-based Ball Corporation, which brought together the two biggest players in the sector;
  • Honeywell International on all legal aspects of its $5.1bn deal for the Elster division of Melrose Industries – Honeywell’s biggest deal for 16 years. Elster provides thermal gas solutions for commercial, industrial and residential heating systems and gas, water and electricity meters;
  • New York-listed Sysco Corporation on all legal matters relating to its £2.2bn acquisition of European foodservices provider Brakes Group from affiliates of Bain Capital;
  • the drugmaker Novartis on two multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical sector transactions: the over-the-counter joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Health to create a world leading consumer healthcare business and the sale of its Animal Health business for $5.4bn to Eli Lilly; and
  • Hewlett-Packard on its global business separation, which created two separate publicly traded companies (Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.) with revenues in excess of $50bn. The deal constitutes the largest technology enterprise split in history.

We also:

  • routinely represent clients in investigations regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and economic sanctions; and
  • regularly represent global financial institutions involved in complex transactions, including Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase and UBS.

Read more about recent Freshfields deals on our website.

Recent Awards and Accolades:

Financial News 20th Anniversary Awards (2016)

  • Litigation Law Firm of the last 20 Years 
  • Deal Advisory Law Firm of the last 20 Years 

Financial News Awards for Excellence in Legal Services 2016

  • Equity Capital Markets Team of the Year 
  • Private Equity Team of the Year 
  • M&A Team of the Year 
  • Partner of the Year (Mark Rawlinson) 
  • Deal of the Year (jointly for two deals – AB InBev and BG/Shell) 
  • Law Firm of the Year 

Global Competition Review Awards 2016

  • Lawyer of the Year (John Davies) 
  • Behavioural Matter of the Year (Agency) – Europe (shared) 

IFLR Awards 2016   

  • Equity Deal of the Year (Worldpay) 

The American Lawyer Transatlantic Legal Awards 2016 

  • European Law Firm of the Year: Germany 

Who’s Who Legal 2016

  • Global Competition Law Firm of the Year 
  • Global Competition Lawyer of the Year (Frank Montag) 
  • English Law Firm of the Year 
  • German Law Firm of the Year 

WorldECR Awards 2016 

  • Young Practitioner of the Year (Anahita Thoms)