We view you as the partners of the future, so it goes without saying that your development is incredibly important to us.

Our full service practice and extensive work for international clients means that you’ll enjoy numerous areas of our New York-based disputes practice.

As well as getting exposure to a huge breadth of work, you’ll be supported to grow your career and reach your goals with flexible training and development plans. Individually designed, these plans will allow you to gain experience in all areas and help you find what's best for you and your career.


As an associate, you’ll have ongoing training and development, along with opportunities for international or client secondments as your career progresses. We develop our lawyers’ skills in business development, client interviewing and client contact. Specific training is provided for each practice area, including formal and informal knowledge sharing and language training according to individual needs.

All our lawyers attend a further development centre after they have been qualified for two years.


This is a two-day workshop which incorporates the management course stage one.

The programme aims to develop your skills and abilities in project management – incorporating sessions on project management methodology, managing finance, client relationship management and managing others.


As a senior associate, your ongoing training and development will continue and may include modules such as supervisor training. If your goal is to become a partner you may also attend the potential partner development centre.

The ambition of most of our associates is to be a partner and this could happen within seven or eight years. However, we also offer ‘of counsel’ and professional support consultant roles as alternative career paths. These are suitable for senior associates or professional support lawyers who don’t necessarily want to become partners.


This development centre is aimed at those who are considered by the global practice leaders to have the potential in due course to be partners. Candidates attend the development centre approximately two years ahead of the potential promotion and complete a series of activities typical of those undertaken by partners. The intention is to help candidates identify their strengths and development areas and produce a bespoke development plan to work on as they progress in the promotions process.


All new partners attend a tailored induction to support them in their transition to partnership. What’s more, we continue to develop your people, business and practice management skills as well as your leadership and business development skills on an ongoing basis.


The induction provides clarity for the new partners – helping them to map out their role and future milestones for success. The programme enables the partners to share what is different about being a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills and to take ownership for building the future of the firm.


Becoming a brilliant lawyer takes a lot of work. And while you’re focussing on your workload, we’ll focus on making sure you’ve got all the support you need to succeed. We’ll pay your bar exam fees and be on hand to offer any help and advice you need. We’ll ensure you get excellent practical training and we’ll be there if you need advice about moving to New York.

You will be assigned a senior associate before you officially join. Once you start, as well as continued support from our dedicated HR team, a partner mentor will advise you throughout your transition to the firm.

We know that understanding how you're doing is key to your development. That's why we make sure you get regular feedback from the people you work with as you progress through your seats. In addition you'll have formal regularly scheduled performance reviews.


Some of our most rewarding work comes from the individuals, NGOs and developing country governments who make up our pro bono clients.

Working with these diverse groups offers you the chance to develop your professional knowledge and make a positive impact on issues close to your heart and ours.

All of our trainees are automatically signed up to participate in our Whitechapel Legal Advice Clinic. 

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