Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

A ‘strong record in dispute resolution’ was one of the main reasons trainees applied to Herbert Smith Freehills. The vacation scheme, which has earned the international firm a Lex 100 Winner award, convinced potential recruits that ‘the firm reflected [their] personality and values’. What’s more, ‘the people were friendly and I could see myself being in a team with them all of the time’. There is a ‘real focus on trainee development’ at HSF and ‘fee earners are all compassionate and want you to succeed in a sustainable way’. It follows that the firm has amassed ten Lex 100 Winner medals this year! The ‘excellent international secondment opportunities’ can be thanked for one of those awards, with one trainee describing ‘my secondment to Tokyo’ as a highlight. Work/life balance is one category in which HSF is certainly not a winner; ‘the hours can be gruelling’ and ‘at times it can feel like you have no life outside of work’, in particular in the corporate department. There can be a ‘great disparity between departments’ too. Nevertheless, trainees relished ‘being trusted to research a very significant pitch for a large fund client’ and ‘completing a major task and receiving positive feedback’. ‘Being involved in the core team on a public takeover which received a lot of press coverage’ was also a proud moment. Quite the reverse was felt after ‘multiple all-nighters in a week ahead of a deal completion’ and ‘my computer crashing as I was updating a prospectus and not being able to recover any of my changes’. To train at a firm where the quality of work is extremely high and where ‘people genuinely care about your welfare’, research Herbert Smith Freehills.