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Freeths LLP

Firm profile
Freeths is one of the UK's leading regional law practices. We offer services to both the commercial and private client across the entire legal spectrum. We operate from offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Oxford and Sheffield.

The firm has a wide range of clients throughout the UK with many clients having strong international connections. We have over 150 partners and more than 900 members of staff in total.

Our client base reflects our nationwide strength and our nationwide service delivery. We are committed to continuous improvement and our increasing success as a business is built on achieving success for our clients. We work in close partnership with clients, providing positive, practical solutions and clear, comprehensive advice.

Our aim is to attract and retain the most talented people, and part of this is providing a great place to work. So, to support fairness and equality and to encourage a healthy work-life balance, we continually monitor and improve our benefits.

We are proud that what we have achieved has been recognised over the past few years, being awarded Best Companies star status on a number of occasions and have featured in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For. We are also a silver standard accredited Investor in People Company, which means we are recognised for our efforts to improve work place engagement, leadership, personal growth, wellbeing, team working and our impact on society.

Specialist work areas
Advertising & marketing; Agriculture & rural issues; Banking & finance; Charities; Civil liberties & human rights; Clinical negligence; Commercial property/real estate; Company & commercial; Competition & EU law; Construction & engineering; Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions; Corporate tax; Dispute resolution; Employment, pensions & incentives; Energy & natural resources; Environment Family/matrimonial; Financial services; Housing/landlord & tenant; Immigration; Insolvency/restructuring; Insurance/reinsurance; Intellectual property; Media & entertainment; Personal injury; Private client; Sports; Technology, media & telecommunications.

Training opportunities
Our Legal Assistant programme allows you to gain grass roots experience of working in a legal environment alongside our talented lawyers. You will provide a combination of administrative and legal support to Trainees, Lawyers and Partners, which means that you get a true picture of what a career in law could offer you in the long term. We are looking for outstanding individuals with excellent academics, first class organisational skills, with the ability to build lasting relationships and have a flexible and can-do attitude to contribute and succeed with us.

Legal Assistant positions are initially for 6 months. We review performance at three monthly intervals; at the 6 month mark we are assessing performance and attitude with a view to offering a second 6 month contract. At the 9 month stage, we make a decision on whether to offer funding for the Solicitor Qualifying Examinations and a further contract to enable you to complete your Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) and this will be delivered through a graduate level Apprenticeship.

Successful Legal Assistants will then enrol onto the Graduate Apprenticeship and this means starting the formal training. This will involve working at Freeths four days a week and studying one day a week at the University of Law to prepare for and take the SQE 1 and SQE 2. You will have the option to make the apprenticeship up to a Masters qualification. The apprenticeship will last 25 months and during that period, you may rotate seats in different areas of law whilst completing your QWE. 

Once you have completed our Graduate Apprenticeship and passed your exams you will be ready to qualify!

Vacation scheme
We offer internships and insight days throughout the year by application at our website

Other benefits
Death in service benefit, workplace pension, cycle to work and tech schemes, gym subsidy, shopping and restaurant discounts, employee assistantance programme.

University law careers fairs 2022
Full list can be found at our graduate recruitment website.

Diversity, inclusion and wellbeing
Freeths are committed to giving everyone an opportunity to succeed, regardless of their background, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion or belief, age, social background or part-time status. We are proud to be as diverse as our clients.

We believe that our inclusive attitude and eagerness to try new things gives us an edge in the legal field. For example, we pick our trainees and graduates based on their talent rather than the name of their university. From finding innovative ways of working to building trust in our varied clients, diversity underpins our success. Our aim is to attract, develop and retain the brightest lawyers in the UK from many walks of life.

As well as having our own Diversity and Inclusion Committee, SHINE Network, NEW Network, Parents and Carers Group and other inhouse initiatives, we also work with a number of partner organisations, including Change100, Stonewall, BSN and Working Families, to ensure that diversity and inclusion is at the heart of everything we do.

We also have an inhouse Wellbeing Committee, wellbeing programme with regular events, resources and bulletins for staff and Mental Health First Aiders programme. We offer regular mindfulness classes and work with Glo Wellbeing and Tommy’s Pregnancy and Parenting at Work programme.

We also have an inhouse Wellbeing programme with regular events, resources and bulletins for staff and Mental Health First Aiders programme. We offer regular mindfulness classes and work with Glo Wellbeing and Tommy’s Pregnancy and Parenting at Work programme.

This Firm's Rankings in
UK Guide, 2023

Ranked Departments

    • Corporate/M&A: £5 million and above (Band 3)
    • Employment (Band 2)
    • Litigation (Band 2)
    • Real Estate (Band 1)
    • Social Housing (Band 2)
    • Corporate/M&A: £10-100 million (Band 4)
    • Family/Children Law (Band 2)
    • Planning (Band 5)
    • Real Estate: £10-50 million (Band 2)
    • Banking & Finance (Band 2)
    • Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant (Band 1)
    • Construction (Band 2)
    • Environment (Band 2)
    • Information Technology (Band 3)
    • Intellectual Property (Band 3)
    • Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant (Band 1)
    • Planning (Band 3)
    • Real Estate Litigation (Band 3)
    • Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 4)
    • Employment (Band 4)
    • Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 3)
    • Family/Matrimonial (Band 1)
    • Corporate/M&A: £25 million and above (Band 3)
    • Real Estate (Band 4)
    • Agriculture & Rural Affairs (Band 1)
    • Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant (Band 1)
    • Corporate/M&A: £25 million and above (Band 1)
    • Employment (Band 4)
    • Litigation (Band 3)
    • Professional Negligence (Band 1)
    • Real Estate Litigation (Band 1)
    • Real Estate: £10 million and above (Band 1)
    • Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 2)
    • Environment (Band 2)
    • Court of Protection: Property & Affairs (Band 3)
    • Healthcare (Band 5)
    • Local Government (Band 3)
    • Retail (Band 4)
    • Tax: Contentious: Fraud (Band 3)
    • Corporate/M&A: £5 million and above (Band 3)
    • Employment (Band 3)
    • Litigation (Band 4)
    • Real Estate (Band 4)
    • Construction (Band 3)
    • Corporate/M&A: £5 million and above (Band 3)
    • Litigation (Band 2)
    • Real Estate (Band 4)
    • Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 3)