London office: Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Exchange House, Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EG

Tel: 020 7374 8000



Size & Geographic Coverage

Number of Partners: 161 in the UK, 489 globally

Total number of trainee solicitors: 109

UK offices: London & Belfast

Location of overseas offices: United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia

Application criteria

Training contracts vacancies: 60

Vacation scheme places: 100

Minimum degree grade: 2:1 – however mitigating circumstances are taken into consideration

Application deadline for vacation schemes: Winter: 1st October 2021 | Spring: 3rd December 2021 | Summer: 3rd December 2021

Salary & Benefits

Starting salary: £47,000

Second year salary: £52,000

Qualified salary: Up to £107,000

Holiday entitlement: 25 days


GDL grant: £10,000 within London and £9,000 for outside of London

Herbert Smith Freehills – Elevate your ambition

We’re a leading, full-service, global law firm working on some of the world’s biggest cases and deals at the forefront of the world’s most exciting sectors. With an award-winning depth of expertise across a wide variety of sectors, geographies and legal specialisms, you don’t just watch from the side lines here, you hit the ground running, make a difference and tackle the important issues.

By combining perspectives and potential from diverse backgrounds, we offer our clients pioneering solutions. With our innovative and inclusive culture, we’re building a reputation for excellence across legal disciplines, business sectors and continents. Our progressive approach allows us to continually break new ground; whether it’s a complex international dispute or a billion-pound, cross-border deal. Every day, there’ll be new situations, new experiences and new skills to learn and apply.

Our work is incredibly varied. We provide top-quality tailored legal advice to major corporations, governments and financial institutions as well as various commercial organisations. We operate at the forefront of many exciting sectors and no other firm has more Chambers rankings. Our dispute resolution practice is widely recognised as number one globally and this includes both our leading international arbitration practice and award-winning in-house advocacy unit. We can therefore offer a complete litigation service and a realistic alternative career to the Bar. We also specialise in finance, competition, regulation and trade, intellectual property, real estate and more. As a truly global law firm, we do this by attracting the brightest minds across the world to collaborate on work which has an international impact.

At Herbert Smith Freehills, we recognise and appreciate all the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture of inclusion that fosters these differences is fundamental to our business and the diverse clients and communities we work with. Embracing a diversity of backgrounds and views means we attract and retain the best talent and continue to do the pioneering work that offers our clients the most considered and effective advice.

We provide a number of employee benefits which include: 25 days’ annual leave, pension contributions, private medical insurance, life assurance, subsidised gym membership, cycle to work scheme, travel insurance, interest free season ticket loan, access to a mortgage broker and many more.