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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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
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.

New Partner Induction

The induction provides clarity for new partners – helping you to map out your role and future milestones for success. The programme enables our 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

LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT

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.

Benefits - legal professionals

BENEFITS

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package to reward and support you during your career. As part of this, we offer competitive bonus potential and a range of other benefits for eligible employees including paid parental leave, free or subsidised gym access, insurances, and access to corporate discounts on various other benefits. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of social and sporting activities throughout the year.

Current Opportunities

Take the first step towards a rewarding career with us.