Early careers
Our opportunities When you join Herbert Smith Freehills, you’ll learn from the very best. From day one, you’ll hone your skills on high-profile cases and deals, gaining valuable experience in a dynamic, international environment.
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
Different perspectives make us innovative, and a diverse culture is crucial to collaboration in a global, fast-moving world. At Herbert Smith Freehills, we’re proud to have created a warm, inclusive environment in which everyone can be their best - and truest - selves.

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.
HSF offers well-balanced and all-rounded training in both contentious and transactional matters. I also take pride of our open and inclusive working environment where everyone is approachable and willing to teach, which always make me feel that I am part of the team.
Samuel Au, Associate, Corporate
HSF has a culture that embraces diversity which makes everyone feel comfortable being and expressing themselves. It allows us to see things from different perspectives and creates a sense of togetherness by encouraging mutual understanding.
Charles Chan, Trainee Solicitor
When I was a trainee, I had the chance to work directly with clients from various sectors including TMT, energy, infrastructure, and banking and engaged in a wide range of disputes, corporate and business development work. I am encouraged to take ownership of my work and to put forward my opinions and analysis.
Yat Yi Lung, Associate, Disputes

Our awards

We’re proud to have been formally recognised across the world for our commitment to inclusion, equality and diversity. Here are some of the global awards we’ve won:
Top Global Employers for LGBT inclusion (2015 - 2022) Stonewall
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion – Amal Bouchenaki (2021) Women, Influence and Power in Law Award
Gold Award 2021 Defence Employer Recognition Scheme UK Ministry of Defence (2021)
Equal Opportunity Employer Recognition Scheme (2021) Hong Kong - Gold Award 2021
Ranked 7th UK Social Mobility Index (2022)
Asian Diversity Initiative of the Year Award Asia Legal Awards (2020)
Best workplace mental health initiative (2019) Australian Minds Count Award
Top 100 LGBT+ Executives – Justin D’Agostino (2013-2019) Outstanding in Business