Early careers
Our opportunities Join Herbert Smith Freehills for more than just a job. Benefit from training programs, including our Vacation Scheme and Trainee Solicitor Programme, and grow with mentorship and guidance. We're committed to hiring the best and offer a competitive salary, rewards, and opportunities for your professional growth.
Learning and development
Our success as a firm will be defined by your development. Your training programme with us is designed to give you exposure to a varied and interesting set of experiences that will help you reach your potential. As well as day-to-day learning from leading legal minds, we ensure you’re always supported and given the tools to take control of your learning and development.
What diversity & inclusivity means to us
We value diversity and believe in bringing together different perspectives. Join our Belfast team for a culture that values and celebrates your unique identity. Experience warmth, friendship, and collaboration in a workplace that stands out as an employer of choice.

Hear from our people

We strive to reflect the societies we live and work in. We thrive when bringing together those different perspectives. Here, you’ll be part of a diverse culture where you’re valued for who you are and what makes you different.
I'm proud that our team in Belfast remains at the heart of our evolving global practice. Over a decade on from launching in Belfast, we are even more ambitious for the future – and we remain focussed on delivering truly market-leading services for our growing client base. Our reputation for excellence is powered by our people, and sustained through our inclusive, energised culture. Our focus is on the future, and we want you to be a part of it.
Lisa McLaughlin, Managing Partner for the Belfast office
“My unconventional route to HSF meant that I had a big transition to make, made easier when I realised that I was in a meritocratic and supportive environment where performance and culture were what mattered. I felt at home and that I could be myself.”
Lyn Harris, Partner
“The Training Contract was top-tier and a very engaging and rewarding experience, with wide exposure to a variety of high-level work across the firm's Belfast and London offices, mentoring from experienced senior lawyers throughout and a good mixture of vocational and academic learning.”
Jonathan Williams, Solicitor


We’re recognised as leaders in the legal industry. That’s why we look for driven and talented trainee associates ready to take on complex and interesting work.
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