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
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. 

Of Counsel

The 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’. Meetings of our ‘Of Counsel’ discussion group take place every six months.


As a partner, you’ll be invited to attend a tailored induction to support you in your transition. We’ll continue to develop your people, business and practice management skills as well as your leadership and business development skills on an ongoing basis.


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.

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’ and professional support lawyer and consultant roles are opportunities to apply your legal skills in a different way and help you maximise your potential.

Your development
Associate Development Centre

This is a two-day workshop which incorporates the management course stage one.

The programme aims to develop your skills and abilities in project management – incorporating 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 and may include modules such as supervisor training. If your goal is to become a partner you may also attend the potential partner development centre.

Potential Partner Development Centre

This development centre is aimed at those who are considered by the global practice leaders to have the potential in due course to be partners. Candidates 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 candidates identify their strengths and development areas and produce a bespoke development plan to work on as they progress in the promotions process.

Partner Level

All new partners attend a tailored induction to support them in their 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.

New Partner Induction

The induction provides clarity for the new partners – helping them to map out their role and future milestones for success. The programme enables the partners to share what is different about being a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and to take ownership for building the future of the firm.

Learning and development - Legal professionals


We will give you all the tailored training and development you need to underpin future success. Our fully-integrated modular programme of legal and business skills training will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to reach your full potential.

From key milestone programs, to flexible learning options, we’ve developed a practical and interactive development program to allow you to enhance your market leading skills in areas such as negotiation skills, drafting, client relationship development and leadership. 

Benefits - legal professionals


We offer a fantastic benefits package to reward and support you during your career. Alongside a market leading base salary, we offer competitive bonus potential, 27 days’ annual leave, a generous range of benefits such as allowances for housing, school fees, gym membership, Japanese language lessons, medical insurance, life assurance and disability insurance coverage. Packages may differ depending on your role.

Current Opportunities

Take the first step towards a rewarding career with us.