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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 28 ratings in 2016)
"Global corporate law firm."
Pros: 
  • 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.
Cons: 
  • 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.
Culture
9.0 / 10
 
Formal Training
8.2 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
7.5 / 10
 
Hours
7.2 / 10
 
Salary
8.6 / 10
 
 
Diversity
8.7 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.0 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"I believe that the firm values commercial awareness above all else - so get cultivating..."

"The Corporate Team I am currently in is very open and everyone is approachable. There..."

"The firm has a Learning and Development team who can offer you training on just about..."

"Every trainee gets assigned a Partner mentor at the start of their first seat. Other..."

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

"Hours are sometimes long, and you may be working until the early hours of the morning..."

"Herbert Smith Freehills follows current trends in the market on pay."

"Our trainee ball at the V&A museum was pretty cool."

"What are assets and liabilities? Why have you applied to this firm?"

"I have seen posters around the office and know that the firm met an environmental..."

"I know that HSF is definitely committed to diversity with respect to women. I think..."

"As a first-seater there are obviously limits to what I can be given, but managing..."

"I am currently working for a Ugandan charity reviewing their policies, such as safeguarding..."

"Great atmosphere, challenging work."

"The unpredictability of the hours."

"I chose HSF for the inclusive atmosphere, the strong reputation in corporate and..."

"High retention rates. I get the impression that you will only not be kept on if you..."

"James Bond's 'Skyfall' was filmed at our offices and Brad Pitt was also decapitated..."

"Hard on the outside, soft on the inside - a real smart cookie."

"The firm runs a mentoring/scholarship programme for talented high school students..."

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

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

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