Your growth. Our ambition

People who join our firm tell us they quickly notice a difference. The breadth of perspectives. The curiosity to learn from each other. The drive to excel. The kindness and friendship too.

What’s at the heart of this? Shared ambition.

At Herbert Smith Freehills, we align your growth and ambition with ours. We make your personal and professional growth our business. And as part of the team, our ambition is yours too. As you grow, our firm will change with you and be changed by you. It’s our ambition.


Among our peers we’re recognised for our insight and diverse perspectives. We’re highly ambitious — for the firm, and for all our people. We’re working together to be the leader in our markets and practices; to foster ambition, diversity, high performance and collaboration; to seize the opportunities created by technology, and to see profitable, sustainable growth globally.

Takeovers and mergers. Arbitration and litigation. Finance and real estate. As a full-service firm, our work is incredibly varied. Thanks to the quality of our global network and world-class Business Services professionals, we work with some of the biggest international organisations on some of their most ambitious projects.

We’re organised globally into eight practice group areas: Disputes, Corporate, Finance, Real Estate, Projects, Employee Pensions and Incentives, Competition Regulation and Trade, and Alternative Legal Services.

We pull together bespoke teams of experts from across our global network to draw on the right experience and expertise regardless of location. Our multidisciplinary and sector-based approach allows us to deliver value by focusing on the critical issues for our clients.


We foster a culture of respect and belonging, where we encourage you to be yourself and contribute your perspective. In return, we ask you to be open and curious, respecting others' views and embracing different perspectives – and help us create an inclusive culture.

Working for systemic change

We’re known for our powerful commitment to diversity and inclusion, and our many ‘firsts’ and awards. Our people run a wide variety of diversity networks, providing firm-wide and client networking opportunities and events. Our networks include Women Lawyers, Women in Business Services, HSF Ability, Family, LGBT, Military, and Multiculturalism, which celebrates diverse ethnicity, religion, faith and culture. We were one of the first law firms to commit to global gender targets publicly, and are among the top-five international firms for proportion of women in the partnership.

Our future is about continuing to work so that our firm – and the legal profession – is more inclusive and representative of broader society. This means reflecting the diversity of our clients, ensuring inclusion is innate in our mindsets and how we lead – and using this to foster innovation, collaboration, and personal and business and success.


As one of the world’s leading law firms, we engage with the most important challenges and opportunities facing our clients. As a signatory to the UN Global Compact, we work with our people, clients and wider society to address needs in our communities.

Leading together for impact

Being a responsible business is about more than the firm’s ambition and influence – it's about fulfilling your hunger for a more profound sense of purpose and growth. There are many ways you can make a positive impact as part of Herbert Smith Freehills:

Pro bono legal work: we assist people experiencing, or at risk of, marginalisation, under-representation or disadvantage. Pro bono work is a great way to hone your skills – and give back.

Diversity and inclusion: we foster a culture where everyone feels respected and valued – and ask you to help us build and nurture that.

Social impact: we support the communities where we live and work: increasing social mobility in law, partnering for Indigenous Reconciliation, and supporting charities, for example. You can grow by giving your time and talents to help others grow.

Sustainability: as part of our work to minimise our environmental impact and tackle climate change, we were the first law firm to adopt science-based targets in pursuit of halving our carbon emissions by 2030 – and we're the global law firm partner of The Earthshot Prize. There are many ways you can help us protect and repair our planet to make a better future.

Current Opportunities

Take the first step towards a rewarding career with us.