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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Applications for training contracts commencing in 2022 and 2023 in Birmingham, London and Manchester are open.
London 2022: 28 May 2021
Birmingham 2022: 28 May 2021
London 2023: 25 June 2021
Birmingham 2023: 25 June 2021
Manchester 2022 & 2023: 25 June 2021
The Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE)
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has announced that the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE), a new route to qualification, will come into effect from Autumn 2021.
Fieldfisher training contracts with a start date of 2021 and 2022 will not be affected and we will continue to offer training contracts through the traditional training contract route. As things currently stand, training contracts with a start date commencing from 2023 maybe affected by these changes.
However, as we learn more from the SRA about the new SQE requirements, we’ll provide updates on how the changes will impact on our process.
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.
New for 2021, the First Steps with Fieldfisher Programme has been designed for penultimate year students or those in their third 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 strategy. You will also attend workshops that will help you develop your personal and professional skillset.
You will also have a number of opportunities to socialise with our Fee Earners through networking events and an evening social.
During day two you'll shadow a Trainee or an Associate, gaining real life experience of a Solicitor in a commercial City Law Firm.
First Steps with Fieldfisher will take place on the 23 and 24 August 2021. Please note that these dates are subject to change.
- Applicants must be a penultimate year student or in their third year of a four year course
- GCSEs including Maths and English ranging from A to C
- On track to achieve a 2:1 in any degree discipline
- Dedicated to a career in the law
- Share the same passion and values as Fieldfisher
- Application form
- Online assessment
- Phone interview
- Assessment centre
Applications for 2021 have now closed.
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.
We are looking for post A-level students dedicated to a career in law to join the firm in Autumn/Winter 2021, 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).
- Online application
- Phone interview
- Assessment centre
- 2 weeks' paid work experience
Applications will close on the 5 March 2021.
We know that a diverse workforce is fundamental to our success as a firm. That does not only mean 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 underrepresented student groups, who are dedicated to a career in Law. During the scheme, you will have an opportunity to gain work experience at a top City Law firm in Manchester, develop your personal and professional skillset and build your network along the way. Underrepresented students 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
• 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 16 and 27 August 2021. Please note that these dates are subject to change.
• Currently be in education; undergraduate or postgraduate study
• Achieved, or be on track to achieve a 2:1 in any degree discipline
• Dedicated to a career in the law
• Share the same passion and values as Fieldfisher
- Application form
- Online assessment
- Phone interview
- Assessment centre
Applications for 2021 have now closed.
Salary and Benefits
Apprentice starting salary
Trainee starting salary
Newly Qualified Salary
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:
- 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
Training Contract Application process
As a Firm, our ability to deliver the quality of advice and service our clients expect relies on the quality of our people and it's important to establish that we're the right fit for each other. Taking this into account, we have introduced a strength-based recruitment process which will allow you to be more authentic throughout the process and demonstrate your skills set. We look for a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (any degree discipline) and someone who shares the same passion and values as Fieldfisher.
We’ve designed our application process to be rigorous, yet fair. It’s with that in mind, that we have introduced a new, slim lined online application format, which is made up of two parts:
Part 1: complete and upload the Word copy of the CV template, which can be download here: Training Contract CV. A guide to accompany this, should you need this can be downloaded here: Training contract CV template guide. Please attach this form when you are asked to upload a copy of your CV within part two of the process.
Please note that we are unable to consider any other attachments or attachments that do not contain all of the necessary information.
Part 2: apply using our online portal and complete the motivational questions here.
We review applications on a rolling basis, so we would encourage an early submission if possible. As highlighted below, there are several stages to our application process, but our dedicated Early Careers Team are on hand throughout the entire process to give you all the help and support you need.
1. Application form
2. Online assessment
3. Phone interview
4. Virtual assessment centre
5. Final stage and Partner Interview
Download our graduate brochure which outlines our training contract programme.Download
School leaver brochure
Download our school leaver brochure which outlines our solicitor apprenticeship programme and selection process.Download
View all the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Fieldfisher's application process for Training Contracts and Apprenticeships.
Culture and Benefits
Fieldfisher is a law firm built around people. We therefore believe in nurturing truly talented and diverse individuals who strike a balance between legal excellence and human qualities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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