Get the inside buzz from graduates at Herbert Smith Freehills

8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 28 ratings in 2016)
"A global all-rounder."
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


  • 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.

What insiders say about...

"The firm has an online application form, verbal and logical reasoning tests then..."

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"There is a contract law series given by a rather engaging professor, to keep us updated..."

"Every trainee shares an office with either a senior solicitor or partner supervisor..."

"The location is excellent (Liverpool Street), really convenient and with lots of..."

"The firm is quite flexible depending on the workload. If it's quiet, we are encouraged..."

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

"Under-rated: free access to private GP/medical centre a five-minute walk away; retail..."

"I was asked the normal questions e.g. "Why do you want to be a lawyer", "Why this..."

"There are bins for recycling batteries."

"I think it depends what stage of your career the diversity stats look at. For example,..."

"Client interaction depends on the departments you are in. In transactional seats,..."

"As a trainee, we are auto-enrolled in pro bono work. I have been heavily involved..."


"Occasional working at the weekend/late nights."

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"The retention rate is high and there is plenty of support. It makes me feel as though,..."

"Chuka Umunna trained at the firm."

"An open, friendly but challenging place to work."

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