Herbert Smith Freehills

As one of the world’s leading law firms, we advise many of the biggest and most ambitious organisations across all major regions of the globe. Our clients trust us with their most important transactions, disputes and projects because of our ability to cut through complexity and mitigate risk.

We can help you thrive in the global economy. With 2,800 lawyers in offices spanning Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, we can deliver whatever expertise you need, wherever you need it.

Because technical ability alone is not enough, we seek to build exceptional working relationships with our clients. By doing so, we are able to develop a deeper understanding of our clients’ businesses, provide commercially astute, innovative advice and create better business outcomes for our clients.

Practice Areas:

  • Capital Markets
  • Competition/Antitrust
  • Compliance & Regulatory
  • Corporate
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment, Pensions & Incentives
  • Environment & Planning
  • Finance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investigations
  • Investment Funds
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Projects and Infrastructure
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency
  • Tax

Working here:

Life at Herbert Smith Freehills is stimulating and inspiring. We develop exceptional lawyers through a culture that values everyone’s contribution within a strong team ethic.

From your first day in our graduate programme, you will perform an important role in the success of the firm. You’ll work in several of our practice areas with people who are leaders in their fields, advising our clients on their most critical transactions, disputes and projects.

High performance is expected here, and we will provide you with the support, intellectual challenges and international opportunities to develop your capabilities and career. You’ll also be in an open and enjoyable working environment where your individual strengths and contributions are recognised.

Vacation Clerkship Program

A vacation clerkship is your opportunity to get a taste of life at Herbert Smith Freehills.
Spend some of your summer or winter holidays with us and you’ll gain a thorough understanding of how we go about meeting the needs of our clients as well as finding out what our culture is like. By the end of your clerkship, you should have a good idea of whether a career in law is right for you – and whether that career might be at Herbert Smith Freehills.

A clerkship is the best way to:

  • ‘try out’ a law firm
    Vacation clerkships allow you to experience first-hand the culture and working styles of different law firms – helping you choose a firm that works for you.
  • get real legal experience
    During your vacation clerkship, you’ll spend time in one or two of our practice areas and get involved in real work for some of the world’s largest companies and some of our inspiring pro bono clients.
  • obtain a graduate position
    If you’re serious about a career in commercial law, carrying out a vacation clerkship gives you a significant advantage when applying for a place on agraduate programme. We offer most of our graduate positions to clerkship alumni.
  • make lifelong friends
    Time and again, our vacation clerks tell us about the people they meet: smart, interesting people who welcome, support and challenge them. The relationships that you form during your vacation clerkship can last your entire life.

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