PRINCIPLES

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to help me thrive

By having the right team by my side and encouraging open communication, inclusion and well-being.

Freshfields Experience
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Our Benefits

Empowering tomorrow in a changing world.

Discover the variety of your Freshfields Experience: where career and flexibility come together. This creates space for your individual development.

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Digital detox

As our top priority is to provide our clients with excellent advice, we ensure that there is adequate cover during holidays and that recreation is possible without permanent availability.

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Parent groups

Our internal parent groups actively promote dialogue between mothers and fathers. We are convinced that the dialogue with other working parents offers valuable suggestions for successfully balancing work and family life.

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Paid Parental Leave

Reconciling work and family life doesn’t have to be left to chance. This is why we support parents with additional months of paid parental leave beyond their statutory entitlement.

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Flexible working time models

We have individual working time models at every career level. Part-time lawyers? No exception for us.

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Sabbaticals for Principal Associates

We encourage individual development in your professional life and beyond. Our Principal Associates have the opportunity to take a six-week paid sabbatical after one year.

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Testimonial Stories

With us, you will find fascinating careers across a variety of fields. These illustrate how unique the Freshfields Experience can be and how it becomes a personal Freshfields experience for every employee. You may already be familiar with some of our testimonials – Max, Mario, Katharina or Annabelle. Let them tell you what our benefits and flexibility mean for them specifically.

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Annabelle
Associate, Dispute Resolution, Berlin

My name is Annabelle, I’m French and I’ve been living in Berlin for about ten years. My story with Freshfields also began about ten years ago, even if it was interrupted by a few “breaks”.

My story

After my parental leave, we worked together to find the right working time model for me.

Annabelle
Associate, Dispute Resolution, Berlin
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Annabelle

MY STORY

Annabelle

My name is Annabelle, I’m French and I’ve been living in Berlin for about ten years. My story with Freshfields also began about ten years ago, even if it was interrupted by a few “breaks”.

Freshfields Experience

After my parental leave, we worked together to find the right working time model for me.

Annabelle
Associate, Dispute Resolution, Berlin

Annabelle’s story

My name is Annabelle, I’m French and I’ve been living in Berlin for about ten years. My journey with Freshfields began about ten years ago, even if it was interrupted by a few “breaks”. The first was after my time as a research assistant and the second during my parental leave. I have always been impressed by the flexibility Freshfields offers me. Both part-time and hybrid work were possible at any time – we always found a solution for the relevant challenge.

Women Associate Mentoring, Reverse Mentoring & Parent Groups

The mentoring programmes (Women Associate Mentoring, Reverse Mentoring) that I am fortunate enough to participate in create spaces for dialogue on a variety of issues. These initiatives evolve the firm and our culture on a daily basis. The parent groups founded by parents and actively supported by Freshfields are also perfect examples of specific solutions.

Other Stories

Empowering tomorrow in a changing world.

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Mario
Partner, Global Transactions, Frankfurt
THE STORY
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Katharina
Personal Assistant, Dispute Resolution, Frankfurt
THE STORY
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Max
Principal Associate, Global Transactions, Vienna
THE STORY
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Annabelle
Associate, Dispute Resolution, Berlin
THE STORY
Freshfields

Benefits

Discover the variety of your Freshfields Experience: where career and flexibility come together. This creates space for your individual development.

Supported

Parent groups

Our internal parent groups actively promote dialogue between mothers and fathers. We are convinced that the dialogue with other working parents offers valuable suggestions for successfully balancing work and family life.

Supported

Paid Parental Leave

Reconciling work and family life doesn’t have to be left to chance. This is why we support parents with additional months of paid parental leave beyond their statutory entitlement.

Growth

Learning & Development

Our comprehensive programme offers you personal and professional support in all phases of your career.

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Handling peak workloads

While we are driven by exciting mandates, we take work overload seriously. That’s why we offer individual recreation options after intense work phases.

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Digital detox

As our top priority is to provide our clients with excellent advice, we ensure that there is adequate cover during holidays and that recreation is possible without permanent availability.

Supported

Flexible working time models

We have individual working time models at every career level. Part-time lawyers? No exception for us.

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Mobile working & working from home

We achieve success together, no matter where we are. Flexible working options such as working from home and mobile working have proven successful and are easy to implement. However, that is not to say that we don’t have great social events and team lunches.

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Shaping the future together

We think globally and keep local needs in mind. On each country’s Advisory Board, employees actively participate in shaping decisions and opinions locally. This ensures that we always work in an environment that evolves in line with our colleagues’ needs.

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A clear career path

Transparency is important to us. Our clear criteria for promotions provide tangible prospects for personal career development.

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Top IT infrastructure

Our expertise is first-class, and our way of working, too. Modern technology and IT equipment are a matter of course for us.

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Sabbaticals for Principal Associates

We encourage individual development in your professional life and beyond. Our Principal Associates have the opportunity to take a six-week paid sabbatical after one year.

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Visible appreciation

We succeed as a team and communicate that externally. We acknowledge everyone’s contribution equally in internal and external communication.

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Pro Bono

We offer a growing continental European and German pro bono practice, both for the direct management and handling of mandates and in the promotion of pro bono infrastructure in Germany and Europe.

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Networks & Communities

We promote a diverse and inclusive firm culture through various networks & communities. With more than 17 networks and communities, we promote an inclusive and diverse firm culture. These include: Women’s Network, Halo Network, Black Affinity and Asian Affinity Network, Enabled Network.

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Secondments

Secondments at our offices worldwide or with clients (e.g. Brussels, London, New York, Shanghai) provide our employees with valuable insights into international client work and at the same time strengthen their internal network.