Our inclusive culture

Our inclusive workplace is characterised by openness, respect, equality and nondiscrimination. It’s a key part of our firm’s strategy and a major business imperative at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Our Leading for Inclusion strategy is framed around four pillars based on talent, clients, innovation and values. You can connect, collaborate, excel and lead within the context of our inclusive culture.

DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT

We want you to bring your whole self when you come to Herbert Smith Freehills. We place great value in our people’s life experience and we’re hiring more graduates from diverse backgrounds than ever before.

Working this way, we’re able to attract and retain the very best talent and provide our clients with the most considered and innovative advice. Our approach to diversity encompasses but isn’t limited to gender, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability and social inclusion.

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Networks

Our diversity networks are a key way of engaging our people and our clients in our diversity and inclusion programs.

 

Ability Network

Our Ability Network offers support and guidance in relation to disability to all our people, to increase knowledge and awareness of disability across the firm, and to remove barriers to success.

Gender Equality Matters (GEM)

We have a range of global networks focused on gender equity. Gender diversity is a critical component of our firm’s past, present and future.

We are proud that Herbert Smith Freehills was the first major Australian law firm to appoint a woman partner. We have public targets in relation to women in partnership and leadership positions, ensuring we have a full and robust pipeline of female talent.

IRIS Network (LGBTI)

Our global IRIS (Inclusion Respecting Identity and Sexuality) network connects and engages LGBTI and ally colleagues across the regions. Our network has hosted some wonderful events, which build on the strength of our IRIS programs. The network advised on the development of our Global Transitioning Guidelines.

Multicultural Network

Our Multicultural Network is essential as a global firm operating across international jurisdictions. We aim to enhance the multicultural diversity of our people at all levels of the business.

BUILDING TECHNOLOGY MOMENTUM

We’ve just launched a new initiative that gives our global staff up to 10 days per year working on innovation projects. Our Innovation 10 initiative supports staff working on projects that find new and innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the firm and its clients.

You might be building a legal app, working on AI tools or working on the firm’s blockchain and smart legal contracts project. Innovation 10 is open to you as soon as you start with us. 

“Over the past three years we have embedded a culture of innovation across the firm. This has paid dividends, with a number of achievements including the launch of our global Legal Operations team, the introduction of decision analysis tools in the UK and our work on the Australian National Blockchain.”

ANDREW PIKE,  REGIONAL MANAGING PARTNER, AUSTRALIA

Our locations

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Africa

  • Johannesburg
    Africa
    Johannesburg

    Over the past 30 years, we’ve established a leading position in Africa, with one of the largest teams of common and civil law lawyers dedicated to Africa work, acting on matters in over 50 of Africa's 54 countries.

    Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP
    Rosebank Towers – 4th Floor,      
    15 Biermann Avenue,
    Rosebank,
    Johannesburg,
    2196,
    South Africa

    +27 (0) 10 500 2600

Americas

  • New York
    Americas
    New York

    Our New York office consists of US and UK-qualified disputes lawyers who represent clients in commercial litigation in US courts, and in investigations, cross-border matters, class actions, and international arbitrations. The attorneys in the office have a wealth of experience as advocates at all stages of litigation, including trial and appeal, in federal and state courts in New York and throughout the US. 

    Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP
    450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    USA

    +1 917 542 7600 

Asia Pacific

  • Bangkok
    Asia Pacific
    Bangkok

    Our Bangkok office is an integral part of HSF’s network across the region, advising leading Thai and international clients on dispute resolution and regulatory matters in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Established in 1998, we’re recognised as one of the country's premier commercial litigation and arbitration specialists with lawyers and partners fluent in Thai and English.

    Herbert Smith Freehills (Thailand) Ltd
    Suite 1403 14 FL. Abdulrahim Place
    990 Rama IV Road
    Silom Bangrak​
    Bangkok 10500

    +66 2857 3888

  • Beijing
    Asia Pacific
    Beijing

    Our Beijing office offers access to one of the leading capital markets/M&A teams in mainland China, and a China investment team that advises foreign clients, Chinese state-owned enterprises and corporates. We have an on-the-ground dispute resolution and arbitration team offering international services. We also regularly work with our Hong Kong and Shanghai colleagues to provide cross-border assistance. 

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Beijing Representative Office (UK)
    28th Floor Office Tower
    Beijing Yintai Centre
    2 Jianguomenwai Avenue
    Chaoyang District
    Beijing 100022

    +86 10 6535 5000

  • Brisbane
    Asia Pacific
    Brisbane

    Reflecting the market in which our clients operate, our Brisbane office has a significant focus on energy and mining, as well as advising clients in a broader range of industries including real estate, construction, resources, government and private sector, infrastructure, technology, health and financial services.

    Herbert Smith Freehills​
    480 Queen Street
    Brisbane QLD 4000
    Level 31 – Clients
    Level 29 – Deliveries

    +61 7 3258 6666

  • Hong Kong
    Asia Pacific
    Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is the firm’s Asia headquarters. The office is a full service practice with tier one rankings in the leading legal directories for capital markets (including US securities), corporate/M&A, energy, dispute resolution and regulatory advice. Over 90 lawyers offer expertise in finance, insurance, private equity, project finance, restructuring, turnaround and insolvency, and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT).

    Herbert Smith Freehills
    23rd Floor Gloucester Tower
    15 Queen's Road Central
    Hong Kong​

    +852 2845 6639

  • Jakarta
    Asia Pacific
    Jakarta

    In Jakarta, our team of experienced international counsel practice alongside our affiliate firm, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung (HBT), specialising in the protection of foreign investor interests, both in transaction and contentious situations. In addition to our top tier corporate, finance and projects expertise, HBT also have a specialised dispute resolution practice. This focus provides our clients with high quality, innovative legal services and local knowledge.

    Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung (HBT)
    23rd Floor
    Gedung BRI II
    Jalan Jenderal
    Sudirman Kav. 44-46
    Jakarta, 10210

    +62 21 574 4010

  • Kuala Lumpur
    Asia Pacific
    Kuala Lumpur

    Our team of local and international lawyers in Kuala Lumpur advise both our Malaysian and international clients on transactions, disputes and Islamic finance law. We’re working with business, the legal community and academia to enhance further Malaysia's status as an Islamic finance hub.

    Herbert Smith Freehills
    23A-05, Level 23A, Q Sentral,
    2A Jalan Stesen Sentral 2,
    KL Sentral,
    50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    +60 3 2777 5000

  • Melbourne
    Asia Pacific
    Melbourne

    The Melbourne office was established in 1852. With a team of around 60 partners and over 300 lawyers our expertise spans practice areas such as: capital markets; competition; compliance and regulatory; construction; corporate; dispute resolution; employment, pensions and incentives; energy; environment and planning; finance; intellectual property; investigations; M&A; mining; projects and infrastructure; and tax.

    Herbert Smith Freehills​
    101 Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000

    Level 42 – Clients
    Level 43 – Deliveries

    +61 3 9288 1234

  • Perth
    Asia Pacific
    Perth

    With Western Australia continuing to be at the centre of Australia’s resources growth, our Perth office advises on any scale of project or transaction. Mining, oil & gas, infrastructure and real estate are key industries. We work with leaders in these sectors to provide legal and strategic advice. We also advise on some of the largest and most complex transactions, projects and legal issues for Australian and international companies.

    Herbert Smith Freehills​
    QV.1 Building
    250 St Georges Terrace
    Perth WA 6000

    +61 8 9211 7777

  • Seoul
    Asia Pacific
    Seoul

    Our Seoul office advises local and international clients on international investment activities, including inbound and outbound cross-border transactions, projects and disputes. The team has many years of experience in the energy, natural resources, infrastructure and technology sectors around the world and is trusted by global players in those sectors with their biggest and most complex deals and disputes.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    22F West Tower, Center 1 Building
    26, Eulji-ro 5-gil, Jung-gu​
    Seoul 04539

    +82 2 6321 5600

  • Shanghai
    Asia Pacific
    Shanghai

    Our Shanghai office advises new entrants and long-established clients on investment in the PRC, including the establishment and operation of wholly foreign-owned enterprises and joint ventures. We act for international and Chinese business clients on high profile cross-border work, combining on-the-ground expertise with international reach.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Shanghai Representative Office (UK)
    38th Floor, Bund Center
    222 Yan An Road East
    Shanghai 200002

    +86 21 2322 2000

  • Singapore
    Asia Pacific
    Singapore

    Our Singapore office provides a base for our Indian subcontinent practice. We advise blue-chip Asian and international clients on cross-border and international aspects of complex transactions, disputes and financings. Reflecting the industries of Singapore, our office has built significant reputations in international arbitration, energy and resources, projects and infrastructure, financial services regulatory, and technology, media and telecommunications.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    50 Raffles Place
    #24-01 Singapore Land Tower
    Singapore 048623

    +65 6868 8000

  • Sydney
    Asia Pacific
    Sydney

    Our Sydney office, comprising of a team including 81 partners and over 350 lawyers, is one of our largest Australian offices. Our expertise includes capital markets; competition; compliance and regulatory; construction; corporate; dispute resolution; employment; energy; environment and planning; finance; intellectual property; investigations; investment; M&A; mining; private equity; projects and infrastructure; and tax.

    Herbert Smith Freehills
    ANZ Tower 161 Castlereagh Street
    Sydney NSW 2000
    Australia

    Level 34 – Clients
    Level 33 – Deliveries

    +61 2 9225 5000

  • Tokyo
    Asia Pacific
    Tokyo

    Our Tokyo office advises major Japanese companies and international corporations on inbound and outbound cross-border transactions, energy projects and dispute resolution. We’re consistently recognised as one of the leading law firms in Japan, with one of the largest and most experienced teams of registered foreign lawyers. Our practice centres on multi-jurisdictional matters for Japanese and multinational corporations. 

    Herbert Smith Freehills​
    Midtown Tower, 41st Floor
    9-7-1 Akasaka
    Minato-ku​
    Tokyo 107-6241

    +81 3 5412 5412

Europe

  • Belfast
    Europe
    Belfast

    Herbert Smith Freehills was the first leading global law firm to establish a fully-integrated UK based operation. Since opening the Belfast office in April 2011, our business model has evolved in response to client demand for an expanded offering of legal services. Our offering has extended to the non-contentious areas of corporate, funds, finance and real estate, litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigations.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    3 Cromac Quay
    Ormeau Gasworks
    Belfast
    BT7 2JD​

    +44 28 9025 8200

  • Brussels
    Europe
    Brussels

    Our office in the heart of Brussels has a reputation for delivering results in the most challenging cases. We provide quality advice to clients throughout the world as a seamless integrated competition, regulation and trade service, supported by our colleagues in London, Paris, Madrid and across the network. Our Brussels team works on European Union, trade and competition law. Its proximity to the European Commission means that the team has on-the-ground knowledge and understanding of the Commission's activities.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Central Plaza
    Rue de Loxum 25
    1000 Brussels

    +32 2 511 7450

  • Dusseldorf
    Europe
    Dusseldorf

    Our offices in Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt have leading expertise in corporate, dispute resolution, finance, real estate, competition/regulatory and employment matters and provide local and international clients with advice in these areas. With a major focus on cross-border work we operate seamlessly within our global network to provide clients with the highest level of service.

    Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP
    Breite Straße 29-31
    40213 Düsseldorf​
    Germany

    +49 211 975 59000

  • Frankfurt
    Europe
    Frankfurt

    Our offices in Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt have leading expertise in corporate, dispute resolution, finance, real estate, competition/regulatory and employment matters and provide local and international clients with advice in these areas. With a major focus on cross-border work we operate seamlessly within our global network to provide clients with the highest level of service.

    Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP
    Neue Mainzer Straße 75
    60311 Frankfurt am Main
    Germany

    +49 69 222 282 400

  • London
    Europe
    London

    Our London office provides a distinctive blend of transactional, dispute resolution and projects capabilities to clients, working closely with offices worldwide. Our pre-eminent corporate and dispute resolution practices work alongside our leading teams in EU and competition law, real estate, finance and banking, employment, pensions and incentives, intellectual property and tax. Clients include multinational corporations, investment banks and other financial institutions, governments and government bodies.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Exchange House
    Primrose Street
    London
    EC2A 2EG​

    +44 20 7374 8000

  • Madrid
    Europe
    Madrid

    Our Madrid office has developed a strong reputation for handling complex and innovative transactions. We provide national and cross-border legal advice to IBEX 35 companies and important local and multinational clients with high-profile operations in Spain and the rest of the world. Our team is comprised of more than 90 professionals led by 11 partners, who are responsible for designing, coordinating and managing the teams best suited to each transaction.

    Herbert Smith Freehills Spain LLP
    Calle de Velázquez 63
    28001 Madrid
    Spain

    +34 91 423 4000

  • Milan
    Europe
    Milan

    Our Milan office – our first in Italy – opened in January 2018 and is centered around Intellectual Property. We also advise multinational and domestic clients active in other sectors including design, fashion, technology, media, telecommunications, manufacturing and automotive, on their most important trademarks, copyright, advertising regulation and data privacy matters.

    Studio Legale Associato in associazione con Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Via Santa Maria Valle 3
    20123 Milan
    Italy

    +39 02 00681 350

  • Moscow
    Europe
    Moscow

    Our Moscow office combines the international expertise of around 50 lawyers offering locally based full-service Russian, English and US law advice, with an in-depth understanding of the legal issues arising in Russia. We provide domestic and international investors and financial institutions market-focussed advice on a range of complex matters. We have advised on deals, dispute resolution and projects in Russia since 1992 and opened our Moscow office in 1999.

    Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP
    10 Ulitsa Nikolskaya​
    Moscow 109012
    Russia

    +7 495 363 6500

  • Paris
    Europe
    Paris

    Our Paris office was established in 1964 and remains one of the leading, strongest, full service practices in the French market, helping a large number of CAC 40 and SBF 120 companies to achieve their goals. Our office comprises lawyers trained in civil and common law who offer a range of domestic and international legal advice to help our clients meet their objectives, across a range of sectors, services and jurisdictions.

    Herbert Smith Freehills Paris LLP
    66, avenue Marceau
    75008 Paris
    France

    +33 1 53 57 70 70

Middle East

  • Dubai
    Middle East
    Dubai

    Our Dubai office acts as a hub in the region, offering local, regional and international clients advice in the firm's core practice areas. The office provides the base for our work with clients throughout the Middle East and, with practitioners experienced in working in Europe, Africa, India, Pakistan, Australasia, Asia and North America, we are ideally equipped to assist locally based clients investing in foreign jurisdictions.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Dubai International Financial Centre
    Gate Village 7, Level 4
    PO Box 506631
    Dubai UAE​

    +971 4 428 6300

  • Riyadh
    Middle East
    Riyadh

    The Law Office of Mohammed Altammami in association with Herbert Smith Freehills provides our clients with a full-service office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia​. The team based in Riyadh is comprised of lawyers who have worked on high-profile, complex transactions and disputes for clients in relation to both their inbound and outbound commercial activities.

    The Law Office of Mohammed Altammami in association with Herbert Smith Freehills
    Level 18, Al Faisaliah Tower
    King Fahad Highway
    Riyadh
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    +966 11 484 7138

Alumni

We value the achievements of our people, both past and present and we regularly celebrate them in our Alumni Matters global magazine. Our 2018 edition includes a range of alumni who demonstrate par excellence how their businesses and teams are thinking differently. It is no surprise that these include two of the five global tech companies. Four alumni moved from Australia to Seattle in Washington State to join Amazon, and our cover feature, Yoram Elkaim, is with Google. They provide fascinating insight into the dynamism and ambition of each of these giants and emphasise how the innovation that is the businesses’ lifeblood calls for a wholly new mindset from their lawyers. 

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