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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 28 ratings in 2016)
"International firm with great range and quality of work."
  • 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.
9.0 / 10
Formal Training
8.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.5 / 10
7.2 / 10
8.6 / 10
8.7 / 10
Pro Bono
9.0 / 10

What insiders say about...

"The firm's process involves a short application form (with a few longer form questions),..."

"Although I think that the social side could be better, there is lots of cooperation..."

"I particularly enjoyed the trainee development centre, which takes place around halfway..."

"Supervisors vary but all of mine have been great. People are generally accessible:..."

"Offices are comfortable and adequate, but are not as slick as some in the City."

"Very variable. A mean average would be around 11-11.5 a day, but it tends to be periods..."

"Salary is high enough to justify the hours worked."

"In-house music lessons - I am learning the harmonica. The only thing that you can't..."

"I was asked about my motivation for a career in law (particularly as opposed to other..."

"The firm does lots of recycling and lights that automatically switch off if no movement..."

"The firm has a strong commitment to various diversity aspects. There are numerous..."

"Working for someone senior means I get great work from her - think it's luck of the..."

"There are opportunities to help out in large pro bono cases e.g. Sierra Leone, or..."

"Good office atmosphere, interesting work, potential for reasonably high levels of..."

"Occasional working at the weekend/late nights."

"Herbert Smith Freehills is the top firm for litigation, which is what I have always..."

"The retention rates are strong and the qualification process is very clear."

"There is a trainee revue each Christmas which is screened to the whole office."

"Client-focused and high quality."

"Lots of schemes take place throughout the year to appeal to applicants from all ..."

"A combination of tight deadlines and general first-seat trainee ineptness does not..."

"More secondments to Australia (they are currently very competitive)."

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