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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 28 ratings in 2016)
"Leading, global, diverse."
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...

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

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"Exposure to good work isn't always easy to obtain."

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"Retention rates are among the highest in the City."

"There is a trainee revue each Christmas which is screened to the whole office."

"Dynamic – both the work and the people."

"The firm engages with initiatives such as PRIME."

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