Get the inside buzz from graduates at Herbert Smith Freehills

8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 28 ratings in 2016)
"Diverse and forward-looking."
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.

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"Unpredictable. But without fail I'm pretty much first in last out every day."

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"Free meals up to £15 are provided if you stay in the office past dinner time. There..."

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"We still use a great deal of paper – the same as any law firm."

"There are very active multicultural, women's and LGBT networks as well as events..."

"Gradually increased responsibility as you progress in your training contract, large..."

"I have worked on the firm's flagship project at the Whitechapel legal advice centre...."

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"The distribution of workload amongst trainees is sometimes not very even."

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

"Chuka Umanna, the shadow business secretary, trained and worked here."

"A down-to-earth and open firm."

"Runs several specific promotion schemes, as well as lots of work in the community..."

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