Our difference

A truly global law firm is built on a diverse culture, reflective of the societies in which we live and work. That’s why inclusivity is key to our success. Here, you’ll be part of an open working environment where you’ll be valued for what makes you different and accepted for who you are.


We are defined by our inclusivity and our commitment to innovation. We pioneer both in the work we do and the way we do it. That means more than just a statement. We give our people time off to find innovative solutions, our lawyers are involved in ground-breaking developments and the cases we work on shape the future of law.

All our lawyers are able to apply for up to ten days per year to work on initiatives that drive innovation and create lasting benefits for the firm and our clients under our Innovation10 programme. They often involve teams of people including lawyers and technologists to create pioneering solutions that help us provide a better solution for clients.

See more of our latest thinking here

Our locations

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  • Johannesburg

    Over the past 30 years, we’ve established a leading position in Africa, with one of the largest teams of common and civil law lawyers dedicated to Africa work, acting on matters in over 50 of Africa's 54 countries.

    Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP
    Rosebank Towers – 4th Floor,      
    15 Biermann Avenue,
    South Africa

    +27 (0) 10 500 2600


  • New York
    New York

    Our New York office consists of US and UK-qualified disputes lawyers who represent clients in commercial litigation in US courts, and in investigations, cross-border matters, class actions, and international arbitrations. The attorneys in the office have a wealth of experience as advocates at all stages of litigation, including trial and appeal, in federal and state courts in New York and throughout the US. 

    Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP
    450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10017

    +1 917 542 7600 

Asia Pacific

  • Bangkok
    Asia Pacific

    Our Bangkok office is an integral part of HSF’s network across the region, advising leading Thai and international clients on dispute resolution and regulatory matters in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Established in 1998, we’re recognised as one of the country's premier commercial litigation and arbitration specialists with lawyers and partners fluent in Thai and English.

    Herbert Smith Freehills (Thailand) Ltd
    Suite 1403 14 FL. Abdulrahim Place
    990 Rama IV Road
    Silom Bangrak​
    Bangkok 10500

    +66 2857 3888

  • Beijing
    Asia Pacific

    Our Beijing office offers access to one of the leading capital markets/M&A teams in mainland China, and a China investment team that advises foreign clients, Chinese state-owned enterprises and corporates. We have an on-the-ground dispute resolution and arbitration team offering international services. We also regularly work with our Hong Kong and Shanghai colleagues to provide cross-border assistance. 

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Beijing Representative Office (UK)
    28th Floor Office Tower
    Beijing Yintai Centre
    2 Jianguomenwai Avenue
    Chaoyang District
    Beijing 100022

    +86 10 6535 5000

  • Brisbane
    Asia Pacific

    Reflecting the market in which our clients operate, our Brisbane office has a significant focus on energy and mining, as well as advising clients in a broader range of industries including real estate, construction, resources, government and private sector, infrastructure, technology, health and financial services.

    Herbert Smith Freehills​
    480 Queen Street
    Brisbane QLD 4000
    Level 31 – Clients
    Level 29 – Deliveries

    +61 7 3258 6666

  • Hong Kong
    Asia Pacific
    Hong Kong

    Hong Kong is the firm’s Asia headquarters. The office is a full service practice with tier one rankings in the leading legal directories for capital markets (including US securities), corporate/M&A, energy, dispute resolution and regulatory advice. Over 90 lawyers offer expertise in finance, insurance, private equity, project finance, restructuring, turnaround and insolvency, and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT).

    Herbert Smith Freehills
    23rd Floor Gloucester Tower
    15 Queen's Road Central
    Hong Kong​

    +852 2845 6639

  • Jakarta
    Asia Pacific

    In Jakarta, our team of experienced international counsel practice alongside our affiliate firm, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung (HBT), specialising in the protection of foreign investor interests, both in transaction and contentious situations. In addition to our top tier corporate, finance and projects expertise, HBT also have a specialised dispute resolution practice. This focus provides our clients with high quality, innovative legal services and local knowledge.

    Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung (HBT)
    23rd Floor
    Gedung BRI II
    Jalan Jenderal
    Sudirman Kav. 44-46
    Jakarta, 10210

    +62 21 574 4010

  • Kuala Lumpur
    Asia Pacific
    Kuala Lumpur

    Our team of local and international lawyers in Kuala Lumpur advise both our Malaysian and international clients on transactions, disputes and Islamic finance law. We’re working with business, the legal community and academia to enhance further Malaysia's status as an Islamic finance hub.

    Herbert Smith Freehills
    23A-05, Level 23A, Q Sentral,
    2A Jalan Stesen Sentral 2,
    KL Sentral,
    50470 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    +60 3 2777 5000

  • Melbourne
    Asia Pacific

    The Melbourne office was established in 1852. With a team of around 60 partners and over 300 lawyers our expertise spans practice areas such as: capital markets; competition; compliance and regulatory; construction; corporate; dispute resolution; employment, pensions and incentives; energy; environment and planning; finance; intellectual property; investigations; M&A; mining; projects and infrastructure; and tax.

    Herbert Smith Freehills​
    101 Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000

    Level 42 – Clients
    Level 43 – Deliveries

    +61 3 9288 1234

  • Perth
    Asia Pacific

    With Western Australia continuing to be at the centre of Australia’s resources growth, our Perth office advises on any scale of project or transaction. Mining, oil & gas, infrastructure and real estate are key industries. We work with leaders in these sectors to provide legal and strategic advice. We also advise on some of the largest and most complex transactions, projects and legal issues for Australian and international companies.

    Herbert Smith Freehills​
    QV.1 Building
    250 St Georges Terrace
    Perth WA 6000

    +61 8 9211 7777

  • Seoul
    Asia Pacific

    Our Seoul office advises local and international clients on international investment activities, including inbound and outbound cross-border transactions, projects and disputes. The team has many years of experience in the energy, natural resources, infrastructure and technology sectors around the world and is trusted by global players in those sectors with their biggest and most complex deals and disputes.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    22F West Tower, Center 1 Building
    26, Eulji-ro 5-gil, Jung-gu​
    Seoul 04539

    +82 2 6321 5600

  • Shanghai
    Asia Pacific

    Our Shanghai office advises new entrants and long-established clients on investment in the PRC, including the establishment and operation of wholly foreign-owned enterprises and joint ventures. We act for international and Chinese business clients on high profile cross-border work, combining on-the-ground expertise with international reach.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP Shanghai Representative Office (UK)
    38th Floor, Bund Center
    222 Yan An Road East
    Shanghai 200002

    +86 21 2322 2000

  • Singapore
    Asia Pacific

    Our Singapore office provides a base for our Indian subcontinent practice. We advise blue-chip Asian and international clients on cross-border and international aspects of complex transactions, disputes and financings. Reflecting the industries of Singapore, our office has built significant reputations in international arbitration, energy and resources, projects and infrastructure, financial services regulatory, and technology, media and telecommunications.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    50 Raffles Place
    #24-01 Singapore Land Tower
    Singapore 048623

    +65 6868 8000

  • Sydney
    Asia Pacific

    Our Sydney office, comprising of a team including 81 partners and over 350 lawyers, is one of our largest Australian offices. Our expertise includes capital markets; competition; compliance and regulatory; construction; corporate; dispute resolution; employment; energy; environment and planning; finance; intellectual property; investigations; investment; M&A; mining; private equity; projects and infrastructure; and tax.

    Herbert Smith Freehills
    ANZ Tower 161 Castlereagh Street
    Sydney NSW 2000

    Level 34 – Clients
    Level 33 – Deliveries

    +61 2 9225 5000

  • Tokyo
    Asia Pacific

    Our Tokyo office advises major Japanese companies and international corporations on inbound and outbound cross-border transactions, energy projects and dispute resolution. We’re consistently recognised as one of the leading law firms in Japan, with one of the largest and most experienced teams of registered foreign lawyers. Our practice centres on multi-jurisdictional matters for Japanese and multinational corporations. 

    Herbert Smith Freehills​
    Midtown Tower, 41st Floor
    9-7-1 Akasaka
    Tokyo 107-6241

    +81 3 5412 5412


  • Belfast

    Herbert Smith Freehills was the first leading global law firm to establish a fully-integrated UK based operation. Since opening the Belfast office in April 2011, our business model has evolved in response to client demand for an expanded offering of legal services. Our offering has extended to the non-contentious areas of corporate, funds, finance and real estate, litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigations.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    3 Cromac Quay
    Ormeau Gasworks
    BT7 2JD​

    +44 28 9025 8200

  • Berlin

    Our offices in Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt have leading expertise in corporate, dispute resolution, finance, real estate, competition/regulatory and employment matters and provide local and international clients with advice in these areas. With a major focus on cross-border work we operate seamlessly within our global network to provide clients with the highest level of service.

    Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP
    Berliner Freiheit 2 (Beisheim Center)
    10785 Berlin

    +49 30 221 510 400

  • Brussels

    Our office in the heart of Brussels has a reputation for delivering results in the most challenging cases. We provide quality advice to clients throughout the world as a seamless integrated competition, regulation and trade service, supported by our colleagues in London, Paris, Madrid and across the network. Our Brussels team works on European Union, trade and competition law. Its proximity to the European Commission means that the team has on-the-ground knowledge and understanding of the Commission's activities.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Central Plaza
    Rue de Loxum 25
    1000 Brussels

    +32 2 511 7450

  • Dusseldorf

    Our offices in Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt have leading expertise in corporate, dispute resolution, finance, real estate, competition/regulatory and employment matters and provide local and international clients with advice in these areas. With a major focus on cross-border work we operate seamlessly within our global network to provide clients with the highest level of service.

    Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP
    Breite Straße 29-31
    40213 Düsseldorf​

    +49 211 975 59000

  • Frankfurt

    Our offices in Berlin, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt have leading expertise in corporate, dispute resolution, finance, real estate, competition/regulatory and employment matters and provide local and international clients with advice in these areas. With a major focus on cross-border work we operate seamlessly within our global network to provide clients with the highest level of service.

    Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP
    Neue Mainzer Straße 75
    60311 Frankfurt am Main

    +49 69 222 282 400

  • London

    Our London office provides a distinctive blend of transactional, dispute resolution and projects capabilities to clients, working closely with offices worldwide. Our pre-eminent corporate and dispute resolution practices work alongside our leading teams in EU and competition law, real estate, finance and banking, employment, pensions and incentives, intellectual property and tax. Clients include multinational corporations, investment banks and other financial institutions, governments and government bodies.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Exchange House
    Primrose Street
    EC2A 2EG​

    +44 20 7374 8000

  • Madrid

    Our Madrid office has developed a strong reputation for handling complex and innovative transactions. We provide national and cross-border legal advice to IBEX 35 companies and important local and multinational clients with high-profile operations in Spain and the rest of the world. Our team is comprised of more than 90 professionals led by 11 partners, who are responsible for designing, coordinating and managing the teams best suited to each transaction.

    Herbert Smith Freehills Spain LLP
    Calle de Velázquez 63
    28001 Madrid

    +34 91 423 4000

  • Milan

    Our Milan office – our first in Italy – opened in January 2018 and is centered around Intellectual Property. We also advise multinational and domestic clients active in other sectors including design, fashion, technology, media, telecommunications, manufacturing and automotive, on their most important trademarks, copyright, advertising regulation and data privacy matters.

    Studio Legale Associato in associazione con Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Via Santa Maria Valle 3
    20123 Milan

    +39 02 00681 350

  • Moscow

    Our Moscow office combines the international expertise of around 50 lawyers offering locally based full-service Russian, English and US law advice, with an in-depth understanding of the legal issues arising in Russia. We provide domestic and international investors and financial institutions market-focussed advice on a range of complex matters. We have advised on deals, dispute resolution and projects in Russia since 1992 and opened our Moscow office in 1999.

    Herbert Smith Freehills CIS LLP
    10 Ulitsa Nikolskaya​
    Moscow 109012

    +7 495 363 6500

  • Paris

    Our Paris office was established in 1964 and remains one of the leading, strongest, full service practices in the French market, helping a large number of CAC 40 and SBF 120 companies to achieve their goals. Our office comprises lawyers trained in civil and common law who offer a range of domestic and international legal advice to help our clients meet their objectives, across a range of sectors, services and jurisdictions.

    Herbert Smith Freehills Paris LLP
    66, avenue Marceau
    75008 Paris

    +33 1 53 57 70 70

Middle East

  • Dubai
    Middle East

    Our Dubai office acts as a hub in the region, offering local, regional and international clients advice in the firm's core practice areas. The office provides the base for our work with clients throughout the Middle East and, with practitioners experienced in working in Europe, Africa, India, Pakistan, Australasia, Asia and North America, we are ideally equipped to assist locally based clients investing in foreign jurisdictions.

    Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
    Dubai International Financial Centre
    Gate Village 7, Level 4
    PO Box 506631
    Dubai UAE​

    +971 4 428 6300

  • Riyadh
    Middle East

    The Law Office of Mohammed Altammami in association with Herbert Smith Freehills provides our clients with a full-service office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia​. The team based in Riyadh is comprised of lawyers who have worked on high-profile, complex transactions and disputes for clients in relation to both their inbound and outbound commercial activities.

    The Law Office of Mohammed Altammami in association with Herbert Smith Freehills
    Level 18, Al Faisaliah Tower
    King Fahad Highway
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    +966 11 484 7138


Our diversity networks connect employees across the firm. They are the vibrant core of our culture, creating an inclusive atmosphere, and performing an influential, educational role through innovative events and initiatives.


Our Ability Network is focused on supporting our people with long-term health conditions or disabilities, as well as those with caring responsibilities and has specific groups focused on topics such as Mental Health, Dyslexia and Autism.

Hear more from Ali and Rosie on their involvement with the network.


Our Multiculturalism Network is focussed on the firm's commitment to developing cultural intelligence and improving and celebrating ethnicity, race, nationality, religion and faith.

Ask Sid and Jonathan a question about the network.

Women Lawyers and Women Trainee Lawyers

Our Women Lawyers and Women Trainee Lawyers networks aim to celebrate gender equality, running a diverse programme of events both within the firm and with clients.

Talk to Lucy about her work to support female talent at the firm.


Our global IRIS Network (Inclusion Respecting Identity and Sexuality) connects and engages LGBT+ and ally colleagues across the regions, driving change and education across the firm.

Get in touch with James about being out in the workplace.


The Family Network supports parents and carers who are also balancing a City career.

Joanne and Stephen can tell you more about how the firm supports families.


Top 100 UK Employers (Stonewall)
Platinum Award 2017 (Clean City)
Highly Commended Network 2018 (Stonewall)
No.15, 2018 (Social Mobility Foundation Employer Index)

Alumni Magazine

We value the achievements of our people, both past and present and we regularly celebrate them in our Alumni Matters global magazine. Our 2018-19 edition includes a range of alumni who demonstrate how their businesses and teams are thinking differently. It is no surprise that these include two of the five global tech companies. Four alumni moved from Australia to Seattle in Washington State to join Amazon, and our cover feature, Yoram Elkaim, is with Google. They provide fascinating insight into the dynamism and ambition of each of these giants and emphasise how the innovation that is the businesses’ lifeblood calls for a wholly new mindset from their lawyers.

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