Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Salary and Benefits |

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

The human resources and leadership teams at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP are outstanding, and my experiences with the firm have been overwhelmingly positive.
Our experience with Meg Girton was nothing but exceptional - she was professional, responsive, and made a great impression on our staff.
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Salary & Benefits

Salaries at Freshfields are based on a set lockstep system and first-year associates earn salaries starting at $160,000 per year. A pay freeze was initiated in its non-US offices in 2009 by the firm which was soon lifted in February 2010. There are tiers of associate compensation based on performance and bonus amounts are said to match the market too. Spring bonuses were announced in 2011 making Freshfields one of the first firms to pay spring bonuses outside the Vault's top 15 firms. Freshfields Bruckhaus's profits per equity partner were $1,108,000 in recent figures, placing the firm in the 78th percentile.

Title Branch/
Exp. year Period Avg Base
Associate Washington 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 
Associate New York City 1st Year Yearly $190,000.00 


  • 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan Bar Association Fees Business Casual Dress Code CLE Dental Insurance Domestic Partner Benefits Employee Assistance Program Family/Dependent Care Leave Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option Life/AD&D Insurance Long-term Care Insurance Long-term Disability Insurance Medical Insurance Short-term Disability Insurance Sick Leave Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.) Vacation Leave

Benefits Package:

The firm currently provides full company paid medical, dental, short and long term disability, and life insurance plans; 5 weeks paid vacation pery year; maternity/paternity leave; 401 (k); discounted gym memberships.

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