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.
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.