• Skills
  • Responsibilities
  • Support & Guidance
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

2 Day Virtual experience HSF, selective application process


  • 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis.
  • 2 Day Workshop. Attended talks and a hands-on case study.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills, or developed your existing skills?
  • Yes, negotiation skills developed during the ADR case study. Team building too, getting accustomed to the solicitor's analytical way of thinking and building a network with similar prospective candidates.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate your development of personal / soft skills during the experience?
  • 3/5

  • Please rate how these skills have helped you in your career development
  • 5/5


  • 3. Were you given much responsibility during your placement / internship?
  • Not so much, and often using the Hopin platform meant we could not ask questions directly, which was really unfortunate and I felt an obstacle to the interactivity of the sessions. Nice to be given responsibility in the ADR exercise though.

  • Please rate how meaningful the work you were doing was
  • 3/5

    Support & Guidance

  • 4. How much support and guidance did you receive during your placement / internship?
  • Great Graduate recruitment team walking us through everything and excellent introductory talks from the lawyers themselves (e.g. legaltech, advocacy,...). Was a great technical level, especially for a non-law student like myself.

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from your line manager?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the support and guidance from the wider team?
  • 4/5


  • 5. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Really friendly and insightful.

  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the social opportunities?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the diversity initiatives?
  • 3/5

  • How would you rate the charity, sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 6. To what extent did you enjoy your placement / internship?
  • Very much so.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on your placement / internship
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at Herbert Smith Freehills
  • 4/5

  • 7. Would you recommend Herbert Smith Freehills to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 8. What advice would you give to others applying to Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Don't be afraid to showcase your genuine personality, which is really valued at HSF. Also, practice logical thinking skills and text analysis; Barney Hinnigan, the partner, really insisted that the assessment day will test these critical thinking faculties.

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Internship (1-4 Months)

Commercial Law

14th April 2021

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