Get the inside buzz from graduates at Herbert Smith Freehills

8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 28 ratings in 2016)
"The firm is inclusive, hard-working and ambitious."
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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"Great location. Offices a little dated and no on-site gym, etc. Dress code varies..."

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"Pay is at Magic Circle levels, but tends to follow the pack rather than lead it."

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"Many women are represented at all levels but there are not enough visible minorities..."

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"The firm offers excellent secondment opportunities."

"The hours can be quite long at times."

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"They seem to be in line with other firms at this level - however it always seems..."

"Chuka Umunna trained at the firm."

"Dynamic – both the work and the people."

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"Probably less stressful than other similar firms since people are so friendly."

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