We’re proud of our culture. It’s supportive and it’s non-hierarchical. When you join us as a trainee, you’ll find that your growth is supported at all levels across the firm - whether you’re working on a high-profile takeover, catching up with an overseas client or taking on some challenging pro bono work.

It’s an environment that will give you the skills you need to become a brilliant lawyer. And it’s an environment in which your perspective, ideas and experiences will make a real difference.  


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World-class disputes practice. Market-leading corporate practice. Top-tier specialist teams. As a full service firm, our work is incredibly varied. We are a truly global elite law firm. Thanks to the quality of our global network and world-class Business Services professionals, we work with some of the largest international organisations on some of their most ambitious projects.

Our international presence is demonstrated by over 3,000 lawyers in 26 offices across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA. Working across borders is a key part of our philosophy. Thanks to the quality of our international network, we’re able to offer our clients services across the globe, giving you the chance to work in a truly international way.

We’re organised along six global divisions – Corporate; Dispute Resolution; Finance, Real estate and Projects; Employment, Pensions and Incentives; Competition, Regulation and Trade and Alternative Legal Services. We pull together bespoke teams of experts from across our global network to draw on the right experience and expertise regardless of location. Our multidisciplinary and sector-based approach allows us to deliver value by focussing on the critical issues for our clients.


Diversity and inclusion is a key part of our culture and we celebrate the uniqueness of our people. Wherever you join us, you’ll find talented people with different views, experiences and backgrounds. This breadth of experience and insight adds new dimensions to how we tackle client challenges, drive innovation and attract the best talent.


We’re home to a wide variety of employee-led diversity networks. These provide firm-wide and client networking opportunities, key note speaker events and seminars. Our networks include Women Lawyers, Women in Business Services, HSF Ability, Family, LGBT, and Multiculturalism, which celebrates diverse ethnicity, religion, faith and culture.

Meet some of the people involved on our employee pages.


We aim to increase the number of women in our global partnership to 30%. We were one of the first law firms to commit to global gender targets publicly, and we’re making progress to deliver a greater gender balance in our global leadership team by 2019.

Herbert Smith Freehills will be participating in the 2017 DiversCity LGBT+ event alongside 13 City law firms. The event is a great opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students to talk to representatives from some of the top firms about what it’s like to be out in the City and find out more about the graduate recruitment process. To find about more about this event click here


Our commitment to equality has seen us awarded a number of accolades. In the UK for example, we’ve been recognised by The Times as one of the Top 50 Employers for Women, and we’re immensely proud of our status as a Stonewall Top 100 Employer for LGBT individuals. We were also delighted to receive the BITC Transforming Cultures Award at the Gender Equality Awards 2016 in recognition of our Working Smarter approach to Agile working. In Australia and Hong Kong, we were ranked a Silver Tier Employer for LGBT inclusion by Pride in Diversity and Community Business, and we are ranked Australia’s number 1 legal graduate employer.


Herbert Smith Freehills has signed the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, emphasising our aim to assist individuals from an armed forces background integrate back into civilian life. As part of this, we welcome graduate applications from reservists and all ex forces personnel.


Social Mobility Index
Australian Top 100 Graduate Employers
stonewall top global employer 2017
UK Times Top 100 Graduate Employers
Stonewall Top 100 employers
The Times - Top 50 employers for women 2017
UK BITC Workplace Gender Equality
Australasian Law Awards International Firm of the Year
Singapore Most Innovative International Law Firm
Australia Legal Diversity Champion - The Lawyer
Australia AWEI LGBTI Workplace Inclusion
Hong Kong LGBT Worlplace Inclusion
Hong Kong LGBT Executive Sponsor Award
Australasian Lawyer JLT Health & Wellbeing award


During your training contract you will have a wealth of opportunities to get involved in the firms award winning Pro Bono & Citizenship programme. To find about more about our work in this area click here.

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