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7.6 / 10

(based on 16 ratings in 2015)

2015

"Herbert Smith Freehills follows current trends in the market on pay."
First year trainee, London
"It is at the very top end of the market and we have had two raises since I signed up to work for the firm. I still work a lot of hours for what I am paid but that's the same at any top global firm at this level."
First year trainee, London
"Pay and bonuses are good, and provision for trainees on international secondment is also good. One area for improvement would be time off in lieu as it is not applied consistently across departments."
Second year trainee, London
"Our pay is very good. The bonus structure is capped for trainees but it is nice to have your efforts recognised."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Pay is great, although we hope to get a small rise next year to match that given to second seaters at other firms."
First year trainee, London
"I would say that the salary is competitive and the bonus system is fair."
Second year trainee, London
"Salary is high enough to justify the hours worked."
Second year trainee, Hong Kong
"The pay is market level at £39,500. However I think trainees are underpaid across London, (except perhaps at American firms). The bonus share is at a reasonable level and there are many remuneration extras such as gym membership and subsidised theatre tickets."
First year trainee, London
"The salary here is generous. It's nice to have a bonus which is not common at other law firms."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is good for the amount of hours I'm currently working, but it's not as good for others who I know work much longer hours."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is very good, and much better than my friends in other careers. Trainees aren't eligible for the fee earner bonus scheme, although are included in the profit share scheme."
Second year trainee, London
"Salaries are just about the best in the City; second year trainee pay slightly lower than a few of our competitors, but it's a minimal difference."
Second year trainee, London

2013

"Let's be realistic, trainee pay at all of the big firms is amazing. At HSF the bonus is small (if any) and not linked to performance - but that's probably appropriate for trainees anyway."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is market standard for a top British firm. Can hardly complain about that."
First year trainee, London
"Acceptable generally/in line with other firms - although I understand bonus targets for associates are often unachievable."
First year trainee, London
"Pay is at Magic Circle levels, but tends to follow the pack rather than lead it."
Second year trainee, London
"I have yet to receive a bonus, but the pay is above average (for a UK firm)."
First year trainee, London
"Average for a City firm (so, good!). The £2000 interest free loan at the start was extremely useful for bridging the gap between the LPC and the start of the training contract."
First year trainee, London
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