Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
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- Address: Exchange House, Primrose Street, London,
- Phone: 020 7374 8000
- Fax: 020 7374 0888
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: www.herbertsmithfreehills.com/careers/london/graduates
- Applications to: Careers Website
- Method of application: Online application form
- Method of assessment:
Training contract to commence 2020: 06/01/2018 Winter work placement: 31/10/2016 Summer work placement: 06/01/2017 Spring work placement: 06/01/2017
Associate Faria Ali was attracted to Herbert Smith Freehills by its great work and inclusive nature. Read on for her take on life as a corporate lawyer at one of the world’s leading firms.
Get the chance to go above and beyond at Herbert Smith Freehills, a truly international firm that offers exciting work with high-profile clients.
Herbert Smith Freehills’ Emma Clements shares advice on the firm’s vacation scheme, what it looks for in prospective trainees and how to make a stellar application.
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Application details and method of selection
Applications for our winter vacation scheme are open to all graduates and students in their final year of university (all academic disciplines accepted) from 1-31 October 2016.
Our spring and summer vacation schemes are open to all graduates and students in their penultimate or final year at university (all academic disciplines accepted). Applications for the spring scheme are open from 1 October 2016 - 6 January 2017 and for the summer scheme from 1 December 2016 - 6 January 2017.
Applications for our training contracts will be open to all graduates and final year students from 1 October 2016 - 6 January 2017 and 1 June 2017 - 31 July 2017.
To apply, you'll need to complete our online application form and online verbal reasoning test. If we're impressed, we'll invite you to an interview at our offices.
Firm description and career prospects
Deals and mergers. Arbitration and advocacy. Litigation and disputes. We’ve got it all. And because we’re one of the world's leading law firms, we also work with some of the biggest international organisations on some of their most ambitious projects.
We’re truly global. We’re market-leaders with 2,900 lawyers in 26 offices across Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the USA – making us the eighth biggest law firm in the world. Working across borders is a key part of our philosophy. And, thanks to the quality of our international network, we’re able to offer our clients both domestic and cross-border services, meaning you’ll get the opportunity to do truly global work.
Our work is incredibly varied. We provide top quality tailored legal advice to major corporations, governments and financial institutions as well as different types of commercial organisations. Our dispute resolution practice is number one in the UK, Asia and Australia, and includes both our leading international arbitration practice and award-winning in-house advocacy unit – meaning we can offer a complete litigation service and realistic alternative to the bar. And that’s not all. Our other practice areas include finance, competition, regulation and trade and real estate and employment, as well as specialist areas like intellectual property and tax. Plus we lead the market in corporate. Herbert Smith Freehills prides itself on being a world class law firm that brings together the best people to achieve the best results for clients.
Herbert Smith Freehills is a place where you don’t have to choose between global exposure and supportive teams. Between technical excellence and a client led approach. Between pushing yourself and leading the way. So if you’ve got the drive to make the most of the opportunities on offer, plus the ambition to become a brilliant lawyer, don’t compromise. Be a part of everything at Herbert Smith Freehills.
£7,000 pa for GDL maintenace grant outside London.
£8,000 pa for GDL maintenance grant in London.
£7,000 pa for LPC maintenance grant in London.
Payment of all course fees.
Our vacation schemes are a great introduction to life at Herbert Smith Freehills. Not only will you gain first-hand experience working at a leading global law firm, but you'll get paid while you do it.
During your placement, you'll sit in the same room as a partner or an associate and be given real work for real clients. You'll be involved in workshops and presentations from the off - giving you an exciting chance to gain a real insight into the depth and breadth of our practice areas. You'll also work as part of a team on a project related to our pro bono and citizenship work.
On top of that, you'll be invited to a range of formal and informal social events where you'll have the opportunity to network with vacation scheme students, partners, associates and trainees. By the end of the scheme, you should have a good idea of whether a career in law is right for you - and whether you could be a part of Herbert Smith Freehills. And because we're a global firm, we're able to offer you a placement in one of our other offices - such as Sydney, Shanghai, Brussels and Tokyo - if you secure a spot on our London vacation scheme.
You don't need to study law to apply for a vacation scheme. In fact, we take on students and graduates from a whole range of academic backgrounds. The only thing we're looking for is exceptional people with the desire and ability to become truly brilliant lawyers.
Training contract programme
On our two-year training programme, you’ll develop skills across a range of practice areas and get stuck into real work for real clients – giving you the experience you’ll need to make your career with us a success.
The programme itself is extremely varied. Working alongside some of the world’s best lawyers, you’ll rotate through four six month seats in different practice areas and spend valuable time in both corporate and dispute resolution. Over 90% of our trainees go on either a client or international secondment, but you can also choose to experience finance, real estate, or a specialist practice area like employment, pensions and incentives, competition, regulation and trade, tax or intellectual property. Wherever you spend your time, you’ll be doing work of real value and be valued for your contribution.
We view you as the partners of the future, so it goes without saying that your development is incredibly important to us. Unlike many City law firms, we let you have a say in how your training contract is structured, so we regularly give you the opportunity to discuss your seat interests with our HR team. That way, we can make your training contract is perfectly tailored to your particular career aspirations.
You don’t need to study law to be a brilliant lawyer. In fact, we recruit from a whole range of academic backgrounds. The only thing we’re looking for is exceptional people with the desire and ability to become truly brilliant lawyers. And there’s more to that than just a great academic record. There’s fantastic perception skills. There’s confidence. There’s empathy. There’s an international mind set. There’s diligence. And there’s the drive to not only experience everything, but to be a part of it.
Corporate, dispute resolution, finance, real estate and projects, employment, pensions and incentives, competition/antitrust, tax, IP.
Type of practice
Corporate & Commercial
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