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.

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

  • 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 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 LLP
    Breite Straße 29-31
    40213 Düsseldorf​

    +49 211 975 59000

  • Frankfurt

    Our offices in 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 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.

    Herbert Smith Freehills Studio Legale
    Via Rovello 1
    20121 Milan

  • 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.

We’ve teamed up with PurpleSpace to build disability confidence within the firm and beyond by offering a networking and professional development hub for individuals within our Ability group. We recently hosted a 'Recruitment Roundtable' with Autism Forward, focused on helping autistic people find paid or voluntary employment and reach their full potential.

Visit our profile on MyPlus Students' Club for more information. Or find out more by applying to our disability open day, here.


Our Multiculturalism Network (MCN) supports our commitment to driving racial and cultural diversity in the firm and the legal sector more broadly. The network supports a number of initiatives throughout the year, as well as hosting religious and cultural celebrations, which in the past have included Africa Day, Chinese New Year, Ramadan and Black History Month. 

In London, the network also supports the recruitment and retention of individuals from diverse backgrounds. The network provides a forum for regular and constructive dialogue and is integral to the firm’s drive to create a more inclusive environment related to ethnicity, faith and culture. The network has recently facilitated discussion groups around race and structural racism in the wake of the renewed attention being given to the Black Lives Matter movement, contributed to NOTICED's pioneering "Best Practices Report" and established its own mentoring scheme. 

Members of the MCN have also been reverse mentoring our UK Executive team, and we’ll be looking to expand the programme this year. 

Alongside the work of the MCN, we’re also very proud to be one of the founding members of the Race Fairness Commitment. We’re dedicated to following concrete steps and a data-driven approach that will help drive real change in the ethnic diversity of the firm.

Despite many years of valuable work and progress, the tragic killing of George Floyd in May 2020 made us realise that we were not where we wanted to be as a firm, nor where we should be, in our ethnic representation or our progress in dismantling systemic racism.

After consulting across the firm, we established 10 action areas to improve representation, support and experience for its Black, First Nations, Asian and minority ethnic colleagues.

Our aim is to become an anti-racist organisation, and are committed to confronting the deep-seated inequities from which no society or business is exempt.

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Regional Executives are responsible for ensuring these new commitments are acted upon across the firm’s offices. Each Action is backed by a plan and interpreted locally and regionally to reflect local challenges, cultures and legal nuances.

Women Lawyers and Women Trainee Lawyers

It’s more important than ever to have a partnership of diverse skills and talents, to help our clients navigate an increasingly complex business and legal landscape. So, in 2019, we reset our bold and ambitious targets – by 1 May 2023, women will comprise 35% of partner and partner leadership roles. We’re also committed to increasing gender diversity, as of May 2019, 27% of our global partnership are women.

In April 2020, we were proud to announce our largest promotion since our merger in 2012, of 26 new partners, with a 50:50 gender balance. Justin D’Agostino, CEO Elect said at the time: “I am particularly delighted that half of our new partners are women, a clear demonstration of the firm's ongoing commitment to gender diversity within the legal profession.”


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. The network is chaired by the firm's CEO, Justin D'Agostino and has supported a number of key achievements, including: re-launching our trans and non-binary guidelines, supporting pro bono efforts to decriminalise homosexuality and promote LGBT+ rights throughout the world and partnering with LGBT+ organisations and charities to better support LGBT+ communities.

Listen to Scott Warin, an associate at Herbert Smith Freehills, as he talks us through a case he had on the criminalisation of adult consensual same-sex activity:

Find out more by applying to our LGBT+ open day here.


The Family Network exists to support all those with caring responsibilities in its widest sense – from parents, grandparents, guardians to carers of children or others. The network aims to provide awareness and education surrounding some of the common challenges faced by those with caring responsibilities, such as: work/life balance, mental health and families, and organises bring your child to work days.

The network have most recently provided seminars on social media on topics including, raising resilient children and supporting older people throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Social mobility

We want our people to be proud of their background. We have a dedicated Social Mobility Partners Steering Group and have recently established a Social Mobility Network. Our Social Mobility Network is focused on supporting individuals from all socio-economic backgrounds to progress through the firm and promoting diverse and visible role models. We’re proud to be ranked 19 in the top 75 UK employers by the Social Mobility Employer Index 2019.

Find out more by applying to our Social Mobility Foundation open day here.


Our UK Military Network raises awareness of the unique skills of those who have served in the military and is focused on trying to recruit people from a military background and influencing the firm's policies to support those who continue to serve as reservists and their families. They collaborate with our clients’ similar networks, strengthening relationships and sharing best practice in this space.

We’re proud to be recognised by the Ministry of Defence with the Silver Award in the 2020 Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. This award was granted in recognition of our outstanding support of the UK’s armed forces and acknowledges the support we provide for defence personnel and their families.


Top Global Employer 2020 (Stonewall)
5th in terms of ethnicity UK (Law.com)
Gold Standard Certification 2019 (Women in Law Empowerment Forum) - UK
Ranked 7th 2020 (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 latest edition includes a range of alumni who explore the profound and exciting changes at play in the global workplace. You’ll find Hon Ng and Fiona McKenzie talking about the exciting landscape of law at Uber, from opposite sides of the globe. David Willis (former joint CEO) reflects on his life post-retirement, as well as his not-for-profit endeavours, and in our lead cover feature, Sally Capp (alumna and Melbourne Lord Mayor) talks to us about ‘purpose and people, not politics’. Each story provides a unique and fascinating insight into the future of work and how businesses and individuals are approaching these changes in a myriad of different ways.

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