On our vacation schemes, you won’t be watching from the side lines. You’ll hit the ground running, taking on real work for real clients. You’ll work directly with colleagues who are experts in their fields, and happy to share what they know. You’ll get to choose your two seats so your experience is tailored to you. And you’ll have a trainee buddy at every step to support you.  

Alongside workshops and presentations, you’ll get to explore our practice areas and join a team on a pro bono project. Plus you’ll network with other vacation scheme students, Partners, Associates and Trainees. In your first seat, you’ll get verbal feedback to take with you and work on in your second seat. You’ll also be set written pieces of work by your supervisors in each of the two seats, which will be assessed. At the end of the scheme we look at a combination of those things before making our offers for the Trainee Associate Programme. 


Important information

We only recruit trainees from our vacation schemes. This is because a vacation scheme enables you to build stronger connections with our team and hit the ground running when you start your career.

To be eligible, you must be a graduate, or in your penultimate or final year at university. You’ll also need to be able to work for a minimum of 35 hours per week. We’re looking for consistent 2:1s throughout your degree but we’ll always take mitigating circumstances into account – please include as much detail as you’re comfortable with in the additional information box on the online application form. If you’d prefer to have a phone call with the graduate recruitment team, please email: graduates.uk@hsf.com and a member of the team will get back to you.

We value inclusivity, equality and fairness, which we embed throughout our assessment process. If you have any disability-related queries or would like to have a conversation with our experienced team regarding adjustments, please contact Aveer Pnag at Aveer.Pnag@hsf.com. To find out about the support we provide to disabled students during the application and recruitment process, and within the workplace, please view our profile on MyPlus Students’ Club.

If you’re unable to attend a vacation scheme, please get in touch with Aveer Pnag to discuss your individual circumstances.

Please note we recruit our trainees two years in advance of starting at the firm. If you are successful at securing a Trainee Associate Programme with us, your start date will be 2024.


Key dates


Winter (finalists and graduates): 13 September – 1 October 2021

Spring and summer (penultimate year students, finalists and graduates): 13 September – 3 December 2021


29 November – 10 December 2021

4 – 14 April 2022

13 June – 1 July 2022 and 4 – 22 July 2022




£450 per week salary

£450 per week salary

Advice on accommodation

We're able to provide you with advice on where to stay during your vacation scheme.

Trainee buddy

You'll have two trainee buddies, one from each of the two practice groups you sit in. They are on hand to support you during the scheme.

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