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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 28 ratings in 2016)
"Dynamic – both the work and the people."
  • 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...

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"The hours can be very long and unpredictable. However, when you don't have any work..."

"I would say that the salary is competitive and the bonus system is fair."

"Heavily subsidised sailing club and a great Burn's Night dinner."

"Why commercial law? Why HSF? I was also asked about my previous work experience."

"There are bins for recycling batteries."

"Herbert Smith Freehills is very forward-thinking and sets the trend among City f..."

"Client interaction is very supervisor dependent, but you can expect to be at the..."

"There are so many pro bono projects, from working at the legal advice clinic in Whitechapel..."

"Everyone is bright and engaged. The work is very exciting and varied."

"Working hours can be difficult at the firm."

"Excellent reputation; offered good training; an opportunity to succeed on merit."

"We have had really high retention rates over the past few years so I am optimistic..."

"Chuka Umunna trained at the firm."

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"A shorter induction week."

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