Early careers
Our opportunities Whatever graduate pathway you choose, at Herbert Smith Freehills you’ll learn from the very best. Whether you join our Alternative Legal Services (ALT) team or advise blue-chip clients in Competition, Regulation and Trade, you’ll hone your skills under the supervision of expert lawyers and attorneys.
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 strive to reflect the diverse societies we live and work in, and believe that excellent work results from different perspectives and ideas. At HSF, you’ll find a diverse, inclusive culture which truly values you for who you are.


We’re proud to be recognised as leaders in the legal industry. At HSF, you’ll join a driven, talented and globally respected team. 
Global Law Firm of the Year in Europe 2021 The Lawyer
Litigation and Dispute Team of the Year 2021 British Legal Awards
Band 1 Global-wide Litigation Services 2022 Chambers and Partners
M&A Team of the Year 2021 British Legal Awards
Ranked for 10 consecutive years: Africa-wide Power Chambers Global 2020 – 2023
Ranked for 10 consecutive years: Africa-wide Dispute Resolution Chambers Global 2014 – 2023
Band 1 for Africa-wide Oil and Gas Chambers Global 2023
Africa Project Finance Team of the Year IFLR Africa Awards 2021
Band 1 for 5 consecutive years: Africa-wide Corporate and Commercial (OHADA Specialists) Chambers Global 2016-2020
Ranked for 3 consecutive years: Africa-wide Capital Markets Chambers Global 2021-2023
Band 1 for Global-wide Environmental, Social and Governance Risk Chambers Global 2022-2023
Alternative Services Provider of the Year (HSF Johannesburg ALT team) African Legal Awards 2021 and 2022
Band 1 for 12 consecutive years: Africa-wide Mining and Minerals Chambers Global 2012-2023