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Are you ambitious, bright and entrepreneurial – just like us? Join any one of our Early Careers Programmes and you will get a greater understanding of our breadth of services, our expertise and insights and why our clients choose us.

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At Fieldfisher, people are vital to our success. Our clients choose us for our expertise, our understanding, and our insight. Without the support and fresh perspectives of our Trainees and Apprentices, this would not be possible. 

But it’s not just about providing award winning, cutting edge advice, it’s about our relationships with our clients and with each other – we pride ourselves on our Fieldfisher community. We are a caring, sharing bunch with huge numbers involved in Corporate Responsibility. We promote inclusiveness and diversity, encourage innovation and endorse collegiality every step of the way.

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.

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.

Whether you're in school, or in your first or final year of University, we have something for you.

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.

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Our Programmes

Applications for Training Contracts commencing in 2024 in Birmingham, London and Manchester are now open. Apply Now! 

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)

The route to qualify as a solicitor is changing. From September 2021, every graduate no matter what they studied will need to pass the Solicitor's Qualifying Examination (SQE).
 
SQE 1 is an assessment of your legal knowledge and SQE 2 assesses practical legal skills. You’ll also need to successfully complete two years of qualifying work experience.
 
We are proud to be working with the University of Law to deliver our bespoke and innovative SQE programme, which will prepare our future trainees with the academic aspects of the SQE, as well as the fundamental skills required to develop a long lasting career working as a lawyer at Fieldfisher.
 
Postgraduate Law Conversion Course (PGDL)
Talented lawyers come from all academic disciplines. If you studied a subject other than Law at university, you will need to study the PGDL before commencing your SQE.

Training with Fieldfisher

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 work on real work with real clients - you will not find yourself next to the photocopier all day. Over the two years, you will complete four seats each six-months in length, from a diverse range of departments from Real Estate to Personal Injury to Finance to Technology. We do not 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 be 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 Early Careers Team will be on hand to support you through your training contract journey.

Our First Steps Programme has been designed for first year students or those in their second year of a four year course. The programme will give you an insight into a career at Fieldfisher and put you in a strong position to apply for any other Early Careers programme in the future.
 
On day one, you'll learn more about us, our culture, work and our strategy. You will also attend workshops that will help you develop your personal and professional skillset.

During day two you'll shadow a Trainee or an Associate, gaining real life experience of a Solicitor in a commercial City Law Firm.
 
You will also have a number of opportunities to socialise with our Fee Earners through networking events and an evening social.
 
First Steps with Fieldfisher will take place in London on 12 & 13 April 2022 and in Manchester on 19 & 20 April 2022. Please note that these dates are subject to change.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a first year student or a student in their second year of a four year course.
  • On track to achieve a 2:1 in any degree discipline
  • Dedicated to a career in the Law
Recruitment process:
  1. Application form
  2. Online strengths assessment

We have designed our application process to be rigorous, yet fair. We don't review applications on a rolling basis, however we would encourage an early submission if possible.

As with all application processes, there are several stages but our dedicated Early Careers Team will be on hand throughout the entire process to give you all support you need. 

​Applications for the 2022 programme in Manchester and London are now open.
 

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.

Applications for Solicitor Apprenticeships commencing in September 2022 are opening soon. Please do refer back to this page or follow us on our social media channels for more updates.
 
We are looking for post A-level students dedicated to a career in law to join the firm in September 2022, with a view to complete the Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme and qualify as a Solicitor.
 
This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone looking for an alternative to university and offers an alternative route to becoming a qualified lawyer in England & Wales outside of our Training Contract.
 
Our solicitor apprenticeship allows you to earn whilst you learn, with a structured programme, which is approximately six years in length. It combines paid work experience and training at a law firm with part-time study for a professional qualification. 
 
The apprenticeship is an alternative path to going to University that offers the same career destination, but avoids the expensive fees.

What we offer

  • Permanent employment; we want you to join us for a long-term career at Fieldfisher.
  • Sponsorship of your qualification.
  • Continuous learning and development in a supportive environment surrounded by leading lawyers and exciting clients.
  • A range of sports teams, clubs, committees and networks to ensure you have fun along the way.

Key Skills & Experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication.
  • Good planning and organisation skills.
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • Keen to learn, resilient and adaptable.
  • 5 GCSEs, including Mathematics & English, grade C or above (or equivalent).
Recruitment process
  • Online application
  • Phone interview
  • Assessment centre
  • 2 weeks' paid work experience
We have designed our application process to be rigorous, yet fair. We review applications on a rolling basis so would encourage an early submission if possible. As with all application processes, there are several stages but our dedicated Early Careers Team will be on hand throughout the entire process to give you all support you need. 

​Applications will close on the 5 March 2021.

Apply today.

We know that a diverse workforce is fundamental to our success as a firm. That means not just financial success, but success with our people feeling comfortable and valued in their roles.
 
It also means success for our clients, knowing that there is a team of people capable of looking at their issues with a broad range of ideas and experiences.
 
This two-week programme is aimed at applicants from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the legal profession, who wish to pursue a career in law.
 
During the scheme, applicants will have an opportunity to gain work experience at a top City Law firm, develop personal and professional skillsets and build networks along the way. You will also hear from the in-house legal team at Peloton, one of the firm's clients, who will share insights about what clients look for and expect from their lawyers and give you a snapshot into their day-to-day lives.
 
Students who are accepted into the Diversity Access Scheme will be invited to apply for an additional two weeks of work experience at Peloton, where they will work closely with Peloton's in-house legal team.
 
Underrepresented students and graduate groups accessing the legal profession include, but are not limited to:
 

  • Students from a minority ethnic community
  • LGBTQ+ students
  • Students with a disability
  • State educated students
  • Neuro-diverse 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
 
The Diversity Access Scheme will take place between the 20 June 2022 – 1 July 2022. The Peloton in-house work experience will take place from 4 July 2022 -15 July 2022 for those accepted. Please note that these dates are subject to change.
 
The Summer 2022 Diversity Access Scheme is part of the recruitment process for training contracts commencing in 2025. For candidates looking to start their legal career in 2024, please apply directly for a Training Contract via the Early Careers website. 
 
Requirements:
 
  • Be on track to achieve, or have already received, a 2:1 in any degree discipline
  • Be dedicated to a career in law
  • Be from a background that is underrepresented in the legal profession as listed above
 
Recruitment process:
 
  1. Application form
  2. Online strengths assessment
  3. Phone interview
  4. Virtual Assessment Centre

 
We have designed our application process to be rigorous but fair. We review applications on a rolling basis so would encourage you to apply as early as possible. As with all application processes, there are several stages but Fieldfisher's dedicated Early Careers Team will be on hand throughout the entire process to give you all support you need.
 
​Applications for 2022 in Manchester, Birmingham and London are now open.

Our Summer Vacation Scheme is a paid opportunity open to final-year students of all degree disciplines, as well as penultimate year law students.
Across the two weeks you will get a good understanding of what it’s like to work here, experience our culture and a real-life insight into the type of work you may be asked to support with as a Trainee.
 
You will attend an induction with other Vacation Scheme participants from the other offices, attend workshops, team-building events and social events organised by our Social Committee.
 
Your supervisor will be a qualified lawyer and one of our current Trainee intake will be your buddy for the scheme.

Salary and Benefits


 

London

 Birmingham

 Manchester

Apprentice starting salary

 £19,747

£18,525

£18,525

Trainee starting salary

£43,500

£29,500

£29,500

Newly Qualified Salary

£77,000

£45,000

£45,000

GDL and LPC maintenance grants. 
All our future trainees attend The University of Law for their GDL and LPC studies. If you haven’t yet completed a law degree, you will study for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), before moving on to the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

These qualifications can be taken at any branch of The University of Law, but most of our trainees join a cohort of fellow Fieldfisher trainees at the Moorgate campus.

We cover the fees for both qualifications and 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

 

Graduate brochure

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School leaver brochure

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Testimonials

Throughout my training in Manchester, I felt supported to take on new challenges which were entirely outside my comfort zone. A career in law requires you to be resilient, and learning in this environment teaches you to constantly develop and grow. It was a steep learning curve – which was great fun, and the feeling when you get great feedback or a good result makes it all worthwhile. Training at Fieldfisher not only strengthens your knowledge and experience, but helps you to develop your wider skill set to equip you to handle a whole range of new situations as they arise.

Solicitor, EPIC (Employment)

Rachel Rigg

Fieldfisher appealed to me because as well as having a good reputation in solid traditional areas such as property, company/commercial and technology, they also dealt with claimant side Personal Injury/ Medical Negligence and had a strong Regulatory Practice which are less common in City Law Firms. I thought they were also an indication of the Firm's general approach and social conscience – there is room for all.

I really enjoyed my time as a trainee – I was given a broad range of experience and made some great friends who I still see regularly - many are still at the Firm. I qualified into the Real Estate Team in 1994. The learning curve was steep, but my colleagues and the clients were really nice…so nice in fact, that when I left the Firm in 1996 to travel, I kept in touch with colleagues and clients alike, and was delighted to be able to re-join when I came back to the UK in 1998. What I do is tangible - I see and visit properties I have bought, sold and let every day – wine bars, restaurants, shops, hotels, offices, new developments... I tend to act for occupiers of properties, whilst other colleagues in the team act more for landlords or deal with property related disputes, planning, construction, property finance and energy. We deal with single properties and transactions involving hundreds of properties. We also work closely with other teams in the Firm (such as tax, corporate, franchising and employment) as most businesses have property interests. Since becoming a partner in 2002 I have also had the pleasure of looking after new trainees who join our team.

Partner, Real Estate

Ramatu Banga

I was drawn to a career at Fieldfisher because of the quality of the training, the culture of the firm and the strong emphasis on diversity. I secured a vacation scheme through the Diversity Access Scheme, and after that I accepted a training contract at the firm. As a trainee, the work can often be challenging. However, Fieldfisher has a great culture which means everyone is happy to help you when needed, your contributions are genuinely appreciated and you are valued not just as a professional, but as an individual too.

Trainee Solicitor

Minhaal Datoo

I joined Fieldfisher as a solicitor apprentice to study and work on a six year apprenticeship with no previous legal experience. Throughout my apprenticeship at Fieldfisher my knowledge and confidence has grown through the support of fee earners who take the time to understand the apprenticeship and assist on any queries I have. With work-based learning I am able to gain real life experience as well as being able to match the studying with everyday work tasks. As an apprentice you must be able to find the right balance of work and study. At Fieldfisher you are well supported in everything you do and the firm is one that truly invests in your future as a qualified solicitor.

Solicitor Apprentice

Ellen Austin

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