Herbert Smith Freehills Herbert Smith Freehills

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Training Contract

  • Places: 60

Vacation Scheme

  • Places: 100

Firm stats

  • Total employees: 4965




Herbert Smith Freehills – Look at Law differently.

We are a leading, full-service, global law firm working on some of the world’s biggest cases and deals. With an award-winning depth of expertise across a wide variety of sectors, geographies and legal specialisms, our progressive approach sets us apart.

Inclusivity is our defining characteristic: here, you’ll be a part of everything. By combining different perspectives and potential from diverse backgrounds, we’re able to view and practice law differently. This allows us to break new ground, whether it’s a complex international dispute or a billion-pound, cross-border deal. Now, we want to add your expertise to the mix.

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 advise more FTSE 100 clients than any other UK or US-headquartered firm. Our dispute resolution practice is number one in the UK, Asia and Australia 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 to the Bar. And that’s not all. Our other specialist practice areas include finance, competition, regulation and trade, intellectual property, and tax. Herbert Smith Freehills prides itself on being a truly global law firm that brings together ambitious people to achieve the best results for clients.

Training Contract

Our two-year training contract will let you discover yourself and hone your skills in a range of practice areas. With four, six-month seats to choose from, you can tailor your training contract to suit you from your very first seat. Join us as a trainee and Look at Law differently. 

This year, we’ll only be recruiting our future trainees from our vacation schemes and all candidates will have the opportunity at the end of their vacation scheme to interview for a training contract.

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Vacation Scheme

It’s never too early to start becoming a brilliant lawyer. Join us on the Herbert Smith Freehills winter vacation scheme and Look at Law differently.

Explore our firm for yourself, build your connections and find your vocation, with hands-on training from leading lawyers. You’ll have the opportunity to be offered a training contract at the end of the scheme.

Key dates

Spring vacation scheme

·      Scheme runs: 1 – 12 April 2019

Summer vacation scheme

·      Scheme one runs: 17 June – 5 July 2019

·      Scheme two runs: 8 July – 26 July 2019

Apply between: 12 November 2018 – 4 January 2019

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Salary & Benefits

·      Salary: First year £44k, second year £48k, upon qualification up to £93k (including salary and bonus)

·      25 days’ annual leave

·      Cycle to work scheme

·      Medical, dental, travel and gadget insurance

·      Subsidised gym membership, restaurant and café facilities

·      Retail and childcare vouchers

·      Pension contributions from Herbert Smith Freehills

·      Interest-free season ticket loan

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This year, we’ll only be recruiting our future trainees from our vacation schemes and all candidates will have the opportunity at the end of their vacation scheme to interview for a training contract. These schemes have been specifically designed to build and test the unique combination of skills and potential required to succeed at Herbert Smith Freehills. It’s really important to us that you have the combination of skills and potential that we’re looking for: it will enable you to become a better lawyer, build stronger connections with our team and hit the ground running when you start your career here.

It’s a two-way process. The scheme gives you the chance to get to know us and see what life for you would be like at Herbert Smith Freehills before you make a decision about your career.

For those who are unable to attend a vacation scheme, please get in touch with Shaunna Morey at shaunna.morey@hsf.com to discuss your individual circumstances, which we will consider on a case-by-case basis.

For more information on how to apply, head over to the Herbert Smith Freehills graduate site!