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a law firm built around people
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About us… About you…
2014 Trainee retention rate:
Are you ambitious, bright and
entrepreneurial – just like us?
268
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p to 12
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Palo Alto
trainees
9 offices
We are a European law firm that focuses on companies
driven by technology and innovation and it’s our
Brussels
Hamburg
entrepreneurial,
tech-savvy thinking that makes us the law
Dusseldorf
firm of choice for innovators like you!
But it’sLondon
not just about providing
award winning, cutting
Munich
Manchester
edge advice, it’s
about our relationships with our
clients and with each other – we pride ourselves on our
Fieldfisher
We are a caring, sharing bunch
Palo Altocommunity. Shanghai
Paris involved in Corporate Responsibility.
with huge numbers
We promote diversity, encourage innovation and endorse
collegiality every step of the way!
You’ll work with some impressive colleagues too. We
have 121 leading individuals in the Chambers Directory,
28 leading individuals in the Legal 500 and exceptional
teams in diverse sectors such as TMT and Life sciences.
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Telephone
interview
Assessment
centre
Training Contract
Final partner interview
Offered a training contract
Vacation scheme
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Invited to join the scheme
164 partners
268 fee earners
24 total trainees
12 per intake
100%
2014 trainee
retention rate
9 offices
Brussels
Hamburg
Dusseldorf
London
Munich
Manchester
Palo Alto
Shanghai
Paris
Diversity
We aim to recruit the right team for the job and treat all applicants
and employees equally regardless of gender, marital status, race,
colour, nationality, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation,
religion or belief. We are champions for inclusiveness and everyone
in the firm is respected for the role they play and the contribution of
every member of the team is highly valued.
Our Diversity Action Group and Diversity Champions ensure there
are a range of initiatives and networks for our employees to get
involved in:
LGBT Network & Straight Allies Group
Women in law
Black & Ethnic minorities (BEM) and International Group
Our ranking as 15th in the Stonewall Diversity Index 2014 highlights
our commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.
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Our Sectors
Technology, Media &
Telecommunications
Financial
Institutions
Hotels & Leisure
Retail
With a footprint across
Europe to Silicon Valley
and Shanghai, our work is
not constrained to a single
geography.
Financial institutions are a key
part of our national, European and
global economies and account
for a substantial and highly
important, proportion of our
clients.
Our clients range from large
multinationals through to
entrepreneurs, brand owners,
leisure operators, financiers,
investors and hotel and leisure
developers
We support a wide range of
domestic and international
household-name retailers assisting
them in expanding their businesses
into new markets, at home and
abroad, and re-engineer themselves
in turbulent times.
Advising the BBC on
£560m license fee
contract
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Acted for a Californian bank in
connection with syndicated term
and revolving loan facilities of up
to $61m
Advised Manhattan
Loft Corporation on the
development of the Grade I
listed, former Midland Hotel
at St Pancras station, now
refurbished to comprise 67
luxury apartments and a 244
bed five-star hotel.
Advised Agent Provocateur on
the restructuring of its global
franchise interests, including the
reacquisition of licensed rights
in Scandinavia, and expansion
into Greece, Switzerland and the
Middle East.
Energy & Natural
Resources
Life Sciences &
Healthcare
Government &
Public Services
Serious Injury
We’ve been working with energy
companies, governments, NGOs
and investors in the energy sector
for over 50 years helping them
navigate their way through this
constantly changing industry.
We work with pharmaceutical,
medical device and biotech clients,
helping them to grow and operate
their businesses in highly regulated
environments.
We advise a wide range of
government departments and
agencies, local authorities,
regulatory bodies, Royal Charter
bodies and non-departmental
public bodies.
As one of the UK’s leading personal
injury and medical negligence law
firms, over the past 25 years we have
helped thousands of people recover
compensation for their life changing
injuries and illnesses.
Advised BP Exploration on the
sale of the largest onshore oilfield in Western Europe.
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Advised Horizon Discovery
Group on their initial public
offering
We advised the Nuclear
Decommissioning Authority
on the highest value civil
public procurement in
Europe – the Sellafield nuclear
decommissioning contracts
Acting for a father left
hospitalised after drinking beer
containing caustic soda
Future Trainee
Keon
When completing my two week summer vacation
scheme, I saw that diversity was not only reflected in
the backgrounds of the staff but also in the array of work
practised at the firm.
Whilst all the tasks I was involved in were interesting
and challenging, it was the fact that my potential was
recognised and encouraged that won me over. Being
a trainee at Fieldfisher isn’t about fitting a ‘type’ but
receiving the right supervision, skills and support to be
the best solicitor that you can be.
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First Year Trainee
Christopher
The training programme at Fieldfisher appealed to me because of
its unique mix of practice areas, numerous high profile clients and
reputation as an open and friendly firm.
After less than a month in the Public & Regulatory Law Group,
I have already been involved in a variety of high profile cases
and had the opportunity to draft my own legal advice and liaise
directly with clients.
On only my second day in the department, while helping out with
the Hillsborough enquiry, I was invited by a partner to attend a
hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice for the Litvinenko Inquiry –
a pretty exciting start to my role as a trainee!
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Second Year
Trainee
Charlotte
I have been at Fieldfisher for over a year and it’s been
great! So far I have sat within the firm’s Commercial IP
Media team and the Banking and Asset Finance team and
have been given an amazing amount of responsibility and
worked on highly complex and fascinating deals.
In terms of firm culture, I can honestly say that everyone at
Fieldfisher is friendly and approachable. From the support
staff to the Partners, everyone is willing to answer your
questions, no matter how silly! And everyone is a teamplayer, clubbing together across departments to provide
the best sector support to our clients.
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NQ
Sarim
I originally applied to Fieldfisher because it was, and still
is, one of the leading firms in the IP/IT sector. Following
my training, I made the easy decision to qualify into
Fieldfisher’s Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy Group
which is one of the biggest and best in Europe.
My experience as a trainee at Fieldfisher has been an
overwhelmingly positive one. I was given exposure to a
wide variety of work in the Technology, Outsourcing &
Privacy, Dispute Resolution and Media practice groups as
well as spending 6 months on secondment to our Brussels
office working on competition matters.
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Your training with us….
Early responsibility, access to clients and development – as standard!
We believe in real work on real maters with real clients! You will
not find yourself next to the photocopier all day. We expect you
to have regular contact with clients from the beginning. Our client
secondments to Amazon, BBC, MTV and BP will ensure that you
are able to experience deals from the client’s perspective and gain
invaluable commercial awareness!
To support you in developing your skills and experience at speed,
you will have an experienced, well-trained supervisor in each of your
4 six-month seats – usually a partner or senior associate. They will
give you regular feedback on your performance (in addition to the
more formal mid and end of seat appraisals.) as well as identifying
strengths and areas of improvement while giving you plenty of
opportunities to expand your knowledge, skills and experience. Our
new open plan office also allows you to interact and learn from all
members of your team as there are no offices to hide in!
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Your Vacation Scheme with us…
Vacation schemes are an integral part of the two way
recruitment process. That’s why we aim to fill a high proportion
of our Training Contract vacancies from the students who
attend one of our Schemes.
During one of our two week paid placements, at Easter or in
the Summer, you have the opportunity to try us on for size and
see if we fit! In terms of culture, work, career aspirations, etc.
Taking your preferences into account, you will be allocated one
practice area for the full two weeks. With a Senior Associate or
Partner supervising you will carry out real client work and add
value to the department. A Trainee buddy will also be on hand
to answer all your questions.
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Rewards
We offer a salary and benefits package that reflects your
commitment.
Trainee starting salary
Trainee year 2 salary
Newly Qualified Salary
GDL and LPC maintenance grants
GDL
£5,500
LPC
£6,000
£35,000
£38,500
£58,000
All fees fully paid. Kaplan Law School, based near the office, is our
preferred GDL and LPC provider.
Additional benefits
Flexible benefits
- Life assurance/
Travel insurance/
Income protection/
critical illness
cover/dental cover
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Free wellman/
wellwoman
checks
Cycle to work
scheme
Interest free
season ticket
loan
Pension scheme
– matched
contributions up
to 7%
Medical
insurance
Free local GP
consultations
Sports and Social
Work life balance truly exists at the firm and
whatever your interests, there will be something for
you to get involved in.
Our teams and societies include:
Recent events:
sailing,
Summer BBQ
football
Karaoke nights
netball
Fun runs
choir
Charity pub quizzes
hockey
Softball tournaments
music
Wine tastings
Curry evenings
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Diversity Access Scheme
The Diversity Access Scheme in conjunction with Kaplan Law School
aims to help improve access to the legal profession. The scheme
encourages and facilitates GDL and LPC students studying at the
school from under -represented groups to apply for a vacation scheme
with the firm.
As the first generation of my family to attend university, the Diversity
Access Scheme offered an alternative training contract application route.
After submitting my covering letter and CV and a face-to-face interview
at Kaplan, I was invited to an assessment day at Fieldfisher’s offices and
then offered a place on the summer vacation scheme.
I was immediately struck by how friendly people were, at all levels of the
firm - from HR to the Partners. The Managing Partner, Michael Chissick,
even took an hour out of his day to have afternoon tea with us and field
any questions we had. This gave me a real, and very clear, sense of where
the firm was going and how I could contribute.
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CSR
We believe that serving the community is not just a responsibility,
but a privilege.
Our corporate responsibility initiatives are key to our business and
are governed by the same principles of innovation and commitment
to excellence that we bring to all our work.
Our trainees carry out pro bono work at the Queen Mary’s Legal
Advice Centre and also volunteer to act as Reading Partners at a
local primary school. Further afield, trainees sign up to pro bono
projects from around the world via an online portal, iProBono,
initially founded by one of our trainees.
Each year the firm nominates a charity and employees can be
found baking cakes, running marathons, climbing mountains and
volunteering all in the name of charity and fun.
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Application Process
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Online
application
form
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Two
psychometric
tests
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Application form
assessed by
expert assessors
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Telephone
interview
Assessment
centre
Training Contract
Final partner interview
Offered a training contract
Vacation scheme
Invited to join the scheme
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Before you apply
We’re looking for you to show that you would be a great asset to
our community. Impress us with your skills and achievements and
set yourself apart from other applicants. Let us know why you have
chosen Fieldfisher and what interests you about the work that we do.
Online application form
TOP TIP
Submit your application sooner rather than later. High volumes of
applications mean that we often start reviewing applications and
inviting applicants to assessment centres a few weeks before the
deadline closes.
Psychometric tests
TOP TIP
Spend time practising the psychometric tests so you are familiar with
the format
Test1 - Verbal reasoning - measures your ability to understand,
analyse and interpret written information, often of a complex or
specialised nature.
Test 2 - inductive reasoning - measures the ability to work flexibly
with unfamiliar information and find solutions.
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You’ll need good academics with
a minimum of ABB at A Level (or
equivalent) and be on track for a 2:1
degree in any discipline.
Application form reviewed
TOP TIP
Attention to detail is key. Ensure your application is clear, concise yet
informative and checked thoroughly for grammar, spelling and typing
errors.
Telephone interview
TOP TIP
Brush up on your understanding of Fieldfisher as a firm, your
commercial awareness, as well as your communication and research
skills.
Assessment Centre
TOP TIP
Through a group exercise, interview and presentation you will need
to showcase your organisational, analytical, team working and
communication skills.
Good luck!
Timeline
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Your career with us..…..
Once you’ve finished your training
contract you can apply for a newly
qualified position with the firm by
submitting your cv and covering letter.
The recruiting partners will interview
applicants and successful candidates are
offered a permanent position with the
firm.
We are very keen to retain our talented
people, reflected in our 100% trainee
retention rate in 2014. Many of our
trainees take a period of qualification
leave following their training before
starting their new roles as newly
qualified solicitors.
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