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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 28 ratings in 2016)
"Herbert Smith Freehills is friendly, supportive, ambitious and diverse."
  • The atmosphere created by both other trainees and partner mentors is supportive and friendly.
  • Trainees are given extensive training that allows them to build a broad skill set.
  • Challenging, interesting and often newsworthy work is on offer to trainees.
  • The salary is very competitive and bonuses are offered once qualified.
  • Some of the training can feel repetitive.
  • Parts of the office could do with refurbishment.
  • With such a large firm, trainees can sometimes find the size overwhelming.
  • Working hours can be long and unpredictable during busy periods.
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Formal Training
8.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.5 / 10
7.2 / 10
8.6 / 10
8.7 / 10
Pro Bono
9.0 / 10

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"Being very intelligent should be a given. Other than that, a real keen interest in..."

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"Free private GP service which is very useful since you can get same day appointments..."

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"There are long hours and the firm can sometimes be hierarchical."

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"I think qualification is very competitive and if you are going for one of the most..."

"'Herbert Smith' as a name wasn't the result of a merger (like most firm names which..."

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"More control and clarity around seat allocation and qualification."

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