Get the inside buzz from graduates at Herbert Smith Freehills

8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 28 ratings in 2016)
"An open, exciting and welcoming firm."
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's process involves a short application form (with a few longer form questions),..."

"Socialising amongst trainees = top. Socialising with the rest of the office = mediocre...."

"People try hard to give trainees a wide range of experience and discuss with trainees..."

"We have some strong mentoring programmes and a performance review system which ensures..."

"The offices are nice, well-located and well-equipped. However, some floors are due..."

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

"Salaries are just about the best in the City; second year trainee pay slightly lower..."

"A subsidised canteen providing breakfast, lunch and dinner. A regular social and..."

"I had done a lot of work experience with smaller, local firms, so I was asked why..."

"I think the firm has done pretty well in terms of green initiatives."

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

"I am getting to do a wide variety of work which is increasing my exposure to different..."

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

"The firm offers excellent secondment opportunities."

"The canteen can sometimes be a bit hit and miss."

"The international element of the work. Not a day goes by when I don't speak to someone..."

"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."

"Exciting, intellectual, demanding."

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

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

"Flexibility - being able to be more in control of my workload."

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