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The AllAboutLaw perspective on Herbert Smith Freehills

If you're looking for challenging work with a leading global firm, but you also want to take charge of your seat selection, craft your own career and develop the sector expertise and enhanced knowledge you'll need to progress even quicker once you've qualified, then joining Herbert Smith Freehills as a trainee associate might just be the way to go. 

The firm takes on "a roughly equal split of law and non-law students", and successful candidates will be given the opportunity to work with some of the best lawyers in the world on huge projects with high-profile clients. 

Trainees complete four six-month seats, and are able to select their seat preferences ahead of each rotation. During your training contract, you can work in dispute resolution, corporate, finance, competition, regulation and trade, intellectual property, employment, pensions and incentives and tax. 

For legal tech enthusiasts, there is a our Digital Law Group, where you can also complete a seat. What's more trainees can complete a seat in ESG, and pro bono secondments are also offer, where trainees can join the in-house legal teams of charities and NGOs.

Speaking of secondements, more than 84% of the firm's trainees will complete an international or client secondment as part of the programme.

Trainees are given real responsiblilty and each one will share an office with a Senior Associate or a Partner, who will provide consistent feedback and support alongside a partner mentor.

What the firm says

Elevate your ambition.

We’re a leading, full-service, global law firm working on some of the world’s biggest cases and deals at the forefront of the world’s most exciting sectors. With an award-winning depth of expertise across a wide variety of sectors, geographies and legal specialisms, you don’t just watch from the side lines here, you hit the ground running, make a difference and tackle the important issues.

By combining perspectives and potential from diverse backgrounds, we offer our clients pioneering solutions. With our innovative and inclusive culture, we’re building a reputation for excellence across legal disciplines, business sectors and continents. Our progressive approach allows us to continually break new ground; whether it’s a complex international dispute or a billion-pound, cross-border deal. Every day, there’ll be new situations, new experiences and new skills to learn and apply.  

Our work is incredibly varied. We provide top-quality tailored legal advice to major corporations, governments and financial institutions as well as various commercial organisations. We operate at the forefront of many exciting sectors and no other firm has more Chambers rankings. Our dispute resolution practice is widely recognised as number one globally and this includes both our leading international arbitration practice and award-winning in-house advocacy unit. We can therefore offer a complete litigation service and a realistic alternative career to the Bar. We also specialise in finance, competition, regulation and trade, intellectual property, real estate and more. As a truly global law firm, we do this by attracting the brightest minds across the world to collaborate on work which has an international impact. 

At Herbert Smith Freehills, we recognise and appreciate all the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture of inclusion that fosters these differences is fundamental to our business and the diverse clients and communities we work with. Embracing a diversity of backgrounds and views means we attract and retain the best talent and continue to do the pioneering work that offers our clients the most considered and effective advice. 

We provide a number of employee benefits which include: 25 days' annual leave, pension contributions, private medical insurance, life assurance, subsidised gym membership, cycle to work scheme, travel insurance, interest free season ticket loan, access to a mortgage broker and many more.



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