Open Day Attendee at Herbert Smith Freehills

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
Banking and Finance Law Commercial Law Corporate Law Employment Law


About You
The Organisation
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About You

1. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?

I thought that the Disputes Open Day was very insightful and enjoyable. The information relayed in each session helped me better understand the firm's core practices.


2. To what extent did you feel valued during your time at the company or firm?

I felt very valued. All staff were accommodating and ready to help.


3. How much guidance/support did you receive during the insight?

I received an abundance of support throughout the day and will use what I learned to form a strong basis for my future applications with the firm.


4. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and information you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I will be commencing the GDL soon so learning information on International Law and Constitutional Law in the case studies has put me in good stead. I also took notes on the recommended cases for each topic discussed and have been looking at them in greater detail post-open day.


The Organisation

5. How well structured was the insight?

Very well structured. The sessions were well planned out and delivered in a timely manner. Participants were also given regular breaks throughout the day and great lunch too!


6. How was the general atmosphere during your insight?

Very pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. I had the chance to meet some like-minded students at the event. Staff and students were all very friendly.


7. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

The company invested a lot in this open day. There were very useful and informative presentations, a number of partners and associates came down to talk with us, discussions during and after each session was encouraged.


8. To what extent did the insight help you to understand what it would be like to have a full time role with the company or firm?

I was given a thorough insight into the role of a full-time trainee. Most sessions referred to the role of a trainee in different scenarios.


9. How much did the insight help you in understanding the company culture?

A lot. The networking session at lunch really helped - I enjoyed talking with trainees, graduate recruitment, partners and associates.


10. How valuable was the content in helping you to decide on your future career path?

Invaluable. I learned so much about Disputes and I went away wanting to apply for a training contract knowing that I would get the chance to sit in Disputes as it is a mandatory seat at HSF.


Other Information

11. Were you paid or reimbursed adequately for this experience?

12. Were there opportunities for networking and meeting other employees of the company or firm?

Yes, at lunch and throughout the day at various points.


13. How were the networking/ social event opportunities?

Very good, a range of people representing the firm were present to answer questions and have insightful discussions about a range of topics.


14. Did you find out about activities that employees can get involved in outside of work?

employees talked mostly about their probono work and extra-professional activities they were involved in.


15. Would you recommend this insight to a friend?

Yes, absolutely. It's well worth attending and the team really put in a lot of effort to create an insightful and exciting day for all.