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Early Careers

Our clients choose us for our expertise, our understanding, and our insight. Without the fresh perspectives of our Trainees and Apprentices, this would be impossible. That’s why we take a deep interest in your development, you will be learning from day one.

At Fieldfisher, people are vital to our success. We don’t make products. Our clients choose us for our expertise, our understanding, and our insight. Without the support and fresh perspective of our Trainees and Apprentices, this would not always be possible. That’s why we take a deep interest in your professional and personal development and provide ongoing support so that you will be learning and developing, not just from day one, but throughout your career.

Our offering is unique.  Yes, you will get to work with some amazing clients like the BBC or may be seconded to one of our international offices, but you will also work with some incredible people who are industry experts in their field. These are the people who will guide and nurture you and inspire you to achieve great things.

With Trainees and Apprentices based in our Birmingham, London and Manchester offices, we can assure you that you will join a network of hard-working, diligent and professional employees.

We believe in giving you maximum exposure and a variety of experience which is essential if you are to become the lawyer of tomorrow and be a trusted advisor to your clients. We encourage all Fieldfisher employees to bring their real selves to work, so there’s a place for every background, interest and degree discipline at our firm. We have a number of programmes and opportunities available for students who are interested in a career in law. Scroll down to find out more.

Our Programmes

Before you start your training contract at Fieldfisher, we will support you through your GDL and your LPC.  We will keep in touch with you all the way through these two years, through a range of events and seminars.  These include insight talks, regular socials and involvement in firm wide charity and sports events.

During your training contract, you will complete four six-month seats which will be determined based on your preferences as well as business need. You will be able to choose from a diverse range of seats from Corporate to Finance to Regulatory to Technology, we don't have any compulsory seats but we do encourage trainees to experience the departments that make the firm who we are today.  You will also have the chance to get seconded to a number of our clients on exciting project work, or to our Silicon Valley office.

In every seat, you can look forward to working with a supervisor who will be a Senior Associate, Director or Partner with a huge amount of legal experience.  It’s their job to make sure you get the best experience in every seat, by providing you with a variety of client work and being on hand to offer all the support and guidance you need.

You’ll also be assigned a “buddy” - a Newly Qualified Solicitor (NQ) who will have been in your position not long ago. They’re there to answer all your questions – so don’t feel shy – they’ll know exactly how you’re feeling.

If that isn’t enough, your dedicated Graduate Team will be on hand to support you through your training contract journey.

Deadlines:

  • Training Contract 2020 and 2021 – Birmingham: Friday 31 January 2020
  • Training Contract 2021 and 2022 - Manchester: Friday 31 January 2020
  • Training Contract 2022 – London: Friday 31 January 2020

We offer Solicitor Apprenticeships and Apprenticeships within our Business Support functions, such as HR and IT. For more information on our Business Support apprenticeships please go to the Business Services section of our Career pages.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking for an alternative to university.

A solicitor apprenticeship allows you to earn whilst you learn, combining paid work experience and training at a law firm with part-time study for a professional qualification. It is an alternative path to going to university that offers the same career destination, but avoids the expensive fees.

Our apprenticeship is a level seven programme and is six years in length, during which you undertake seat rotations around the firm, quite similar to those doing our training contract, alongside your studies. All of your tuition fees will be paid for as you will study towards an LLB (Hons) in Legal Practice at the University of Law.

Working with the University of Law and through direct applications to our Graduate Recruitment Team, we operate a Summer Scheme for students from underrepresented groups who are dedicated to a career in the law.
 
We know that it is irrefutable that a diverse workforce is fundamental to our success as a firm. That doesn't just mean financial success, but success with our people, all feeling comfortable and valued in their roles; success with our clients, knowing that we have a team of people capable of looking at their issues from every angle, bringing a broad range of ideas and experiences to the table and success with society, with the market knowing that diversity is real for Fieldfisher, that we take it seriously and live our values every day.
 
We also know that diversity comes in many forms and that for those from underrepresented groups it might be helpful if we de-mystify the people, the place, the expectations and the process which can lead you to us. We know you have a huge amount to contribute to our firm and we would like to give you the opportunity to see what we could do for you. The Scheme provides spaces in our Birmingham, Manchester and London offices for a 2 week paid scheme in June during which we will equip you with the information and tools to go into our training contract application process with knowledge and confidence.
 
So, if you meet many of the following criteria and would like to get to know more about Fieldfisher and the Diversity Access/Summer Scheme programme, please contact the Graduate Recruitment Team. Applications for the 2021 summer scheme close on 31st January 2020.
 
Criteria

  • BAME students
  • LGBTQ + students
  • Students with a disability
  • State educated students
  • First generation to attend university
  • Requirement for financial assistance, not available to you through any private means, in order to be able to continue your education
  • Currently studying an undergraduate degree on track to achieve a 2:1 or above
  • Dedicated to a career in the law
  • Share the same passion and values as Fieldfisher

Salary and Benefits


  London  Birmingham  Manchester
Apprentice starting salary  £18,750 £28,000 £16,500
Trainee starting salary £39,500 - £28,000
Newly Qualified Salary £70,000 £42,500 £42,500

GDL and LPC maintenance grants. The University of Law is our preferred GDL and LPC provider and all fees are paid on your behalf. We offer the following maintenance grants:      GDL£5,500             LPC £6,000

Additional benefits

  • Flexible benefits - Life assurance, Travel insurance, Income protection, Critical illness cover, Dental cover
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Pension scheme - new employees receive 4% matched contribution by default. You can increase contributions, and the firm will match to 5%.
  • Medical insurance

As a firm, our ability to deliver the quality of advice and service our clients expect relies on the quality of our people. With this in mind, we look for a minimum of (or to be on course for) a 2:1 in your degree (any discipline) and at least A, B, B, in your top three A-levels or the equivalent examinations.

We've designed our application process to be rigorous, yet fair. It's important to establish that we're the right fit for each other. We review applications on a rolling basis so would encourage an early submission if possible.