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Freeths’ new recruits praise the ‘fantastic working environment’ at the firm. The staff in its various offices are ‘really nice’ and recruits have ‘great mentors’. Trainees like that ‘everyone at the firm is different and nobody needs to act like the stereotypical lawyer’. There’s ‘support for all employees’ and inclusivity is taken seriously: ‘my voice is heard, listened to and acted upon’ said one respondent. The firm’s approach to social life is also reason to celebrate: ‘there are lots of opportunities for trainees to network’ and accordingly, the firm was awarded a Lex 100 Winner medal. Freeths’ Legal Assistant Programme (available to graduates prior to the training contract) was praised by recruits – ‘the scheme was very good at providing experience while earning’. The training contract itself is ‘enjoyable, relaxed and insightful’ and trainees ‘work directly with senor associates and partners’. ‘Although the hours can be long, the quality of work is brilliant’, and the firm ‘aims for you to have a work/life balance when possible’. ‘Being complimented by a High Court Judge as to the detail and quality of trial bundles I prepared’ was a happy memory for one trainee. Others mentioned ‘completing on a major deal and being invited to the client’s house for a BBQ’ as a particular highlight. The ‘late notice given before moving seats’ bothered recruits: it was ‘highly stressful’ being transferred to a new office in a different city with little warning. ‘The variety of seats could be improved’ as could the firm’s international secondment offerings. Nonetheless, having ‘lots of client contact’ and ‘opportunities for career progression’ make Freeths a firm worthy of consideration.