When you join us, we’ll give you all the opportunities you need to grow your career – whether you’re looking to transition into a new specialist area, become a partner or develop your current expertise.

Supported to reach your goals with flexible training and development plans, you may have the opportunity to work internationally to further your career as you become an integral part of our business.

Career opportunities
Partners

Partners at Herbert Smith Freehills are leaders of our business and experts in their field. They are closely involved in the firm's strategic decisions and the leadership of the firm. Outstanding client management skills and technical excellence are pre-requisites for our Partners and in return we offer a collegiate and supportive structure allowing your practice to thrive.

Of Counsel

This role is designed for senior lawyers with recognised expertise in their field. The role offers many interesting challenges and gives you the opportunity to develop your expertise in a particular area.  We run an annual induction for newly promoted Of Counsel. 

Associates and Senior Associates

You’ll play a vital role advising on complex and critical matters for some of the world’s biggest and most respected organisations. We’ll develop your skills in business development, commercial understanding and client contact. We'll provide you with the technical and skills training required for your practice area.

When you qualify, and again at two and five years post-qualification, you will attend a development centre, where you’ll have the chance to enhance your people management, delegation, financial management, business development and client relationship management skills.

As your career progresses, you will be offered opportunities for international or client secondments. Once you have five years post-qualification experience, you’ll be eligible to be promoted to senior associate in recognition of your experience.

Professional Support Consultants

Professional Support Consultants are involved in client and internal training, providing technical advice to client teams, internal and external briefings on developments in their practice, know how management and business development for the group.

Professional Support Lawyer (PSL)

As a PSL, you will be expected to be at the forefront of law and practice in your specialist area and to use your knowledge and communication skills to advise, support and train our lawyers. We might also ask you to assist in marketing relevant practice areas by producing briefings and articles and by speaking at conferences. We offer bespoke training opportunities to PSLs, including presentation skills development.

Alternative career paths

While the ambition of many of our legal professionals is to be a partner, we support flexible career development for talented people as we appreciate not everyone follows the same path. Ongoing and open dialogue with your relevant practice group partners and HR is encouraged to discuss and track your career aims. Alternative career paths such as Of Counsel, legal project managers and professional support lawyer and consultant roles are opportunities to apply your legal skills in a different way and help you maximise your potential.

Paralegals

Exceptional paralegals in both temporary and permanent roles are important members of our legal teams, providing support to partners, associates and professional support lawyers on a wide range of legal and administrative work. We’ll encourage you to broaden your knowledge and experience, which may include attending workshops with the trainees on legal topics or skills development.

Note that working at the firm as a paralegal won’t necessarily be a route to securing a training contract. You will however be welcome to apply for a training contract via the standard application process, as with all potential future trainees.

YOUR DEVELOPMENT
Associate Development Centre

This programme aims to develop your skills and abilities in project management. It includes sessions on project management methodology, managing finance, client relationship management and managing others.

Senior Associate

As a senior associate, your ongoing training and development will continue with a focus on personal leadership, managing teams, developing juniors, financial awareness and business development. 

Potential Partner Development Centre

This programme is aimed at those who are considered by the global practice leaders to have the potential in due course to be partners. You’ll attend the development centre approximately two years ahead of the potential promotion and complete a series of activities typical of those undertaken by partners. The intention is to help you identify your strengths and development areas, and to produce a bespoke development plan to work on as you progress in the promotions process.

Individual coaching is also available for associates – to support you at key transition times and enable you to plan and reflect in order to achieve your full potential.

Partner Level

All new partners attend a tailored induction, to support you in your transition to partnership. What’s more, we continue to develop your people, business and practice management skills as well as your leadership and business development skills on an ongoing basis.

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

You will have the opportunity to receive leading and bespoke training and development to support your future success. Our fully-integrated modular program of legal and business skills training will enable you to develop the capabilities, mind-set and acquire the knowledge you need to reach your full potential at Herbert Smith Freehills.

RELOCATION SUPPORT

To help facilitate international moves, the firm offers a range of relocation support services. While you’ll receive our help in moving wherever you go, the benefits and allowances you’re eligible for will depend on the structure and type of package attached to your secondment.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Working with the diverse groups that make up our pro bono client base around the world offers you the chance to develop your professional knowledge and make a positive impact on issues close to your heart and ours.

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