Our expertise

As global leaders in our field, we work with the world’s biggest organisations on their most important cases and deals. We maintain our position at the cutting edge of the industry through an organisation-wide commitment to innovation, a trailblazing expertise in dispute resolution and corporate, and a pioneering approach to client’s issues. The work we do and the way we do it mean we continue to shape the future of law.

Virgin Atlantic: The acquisition of Flybe

Hear how Herbert Smith Freehills’ Corporate team helped Virgin Atlantic land an unusually complex acquisition of struggling airline Flybe in a case that led the national news. Our partner and trainee give you the insider’s perspective on this exciting case as it happened.

The GDPR Notification Tool: Bringing an idea to life

A growing part of Herbert Smith Freehills’ work is creating proactive digital solutions for clients’ legal challenges. GDPR’s combination of potential for large fines and unclear policy on when a company is liable presented a challenge that could be solved digitally. Find out from our associate and trainee how they took the idea from paper to prototype.

Costa Rica: Defending an ecosystem in a landmark ruling

Step inside Herbert Smith Freehills’ Disputes team’s approach to successfully defending the Costa Rican government against a group of American investors taking them to international arbitration over a property development. Hear everything, from where they started, to how they cross-examined witnesses as they won a landmark decision that will shape environmental protection globally.

Pro bono & citizenship

Pro bono initiatives represent some of our most interesting and impactful projects, covering individuals, charities and national governments. Whether it’s a multi-jurisdictional pro bono legal matter, fundraising for a worthy cause, or improving our supply chain, you’ll have a wealth of opportunities to get involved in projects that mean something to you.

We treat pro bono as equal to billable client work: to find out more about our work in this area, case studies on our impact and our latest thinking visit our Pro Bono & Citizenship pages.

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Trainee Case Study: BEAM

BEAM is a social enterprise that matches homeless people with donors to help fund employment training. Our Associate, Warren, worked with them from the idea through to launch, playing an integral role in helping them set up and succeed. Hear how he found the experience:


Corporate Team of the Year - The Lawyer Awards 2019
More Chambers rankings than any other firm - Legal Evolution 2019
Best for commercial dispute resolution - The Times Best Law Firms 2018
One of the best employers for race - Business in the Community 2018