Herbert Smith Freehills

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8.8 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 28 ratings in 2016)
"Herbert Smith Freehills: Where it's always a "G'day mate!""
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...

"There's an online assessment followed by an assessment day consisting of a group..."

"There's a really good social culture, especially among trainees. This is helped by..."

"I am in my first seat so I haven't had much exposure to the training programme yet...."

"I do not get much feedback on a regular basis but solicitors are, on the whole, very..."

"The underside of the building is interesting, but otherwise the offices are nothing..."

"My team is flexible - if you say you want to leave early to e.g. to play football..."

"Not quite at the level of American firms but otherwise pretty much top of the pack...."

"I got free concert tickets last year. The international secondment uplift is awesome...."

"I was asked for an example of a time when I did not perform well at something."

"In terms of reducing the firm's carbon footprint, I read things about it every now..."

"Fantastic diversity programme and overall the firm is leagues ahead of other firms...."

"I have had a chance to draft advice and undertake research but equally there has..."

"All trainees are enrolled in the firm's legal advice clinic initiative when they..."

"The people. They are intelligent, supportive, and, importantly for a first-seat trainee,..."

"Six-month seats mean that a bad seat wastes a lot of time. However you do get to..."

"The firm's reputation for excellence; the variety in the spheres it excels in, disputes..."

"Those who want to stay, and who are prepared to work hard, stay. Leavers are either..."

"Despite its global reputation for litigation, HSF represents more FTSE 100 companies..."

"An open, exciting and welcoming firm."

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

"Sometimes, very stressful when tasks have to be done to an unrealistic deadline!..."

"More international secondments (while there are more than at many firms, a few more..."

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