• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

Attending the HSF First Year Scheme and partaking in a variety of activities and events.


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • During our 2 day scheme, we participated in many activities that facilitated our understanding of the work, people, and ethos of HSF. From networking with trainees and partners, to completing a dynamic negotiations exercise, we developed the skills that are fundamental for trainee solicitors. Moreover, there were plenty of socialising activities (such as a fun chocolate making workshop!) that allowed all of the participants to collaborate and network with each other.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I have developed my insights into what is expected and required of a trainee solicitor. From developing my negotiation skills to learning how to communicate with key personnel, my skills have definitely been enhanced by attending the HSF First Year Scheme. I have also learnt much more about FinTech and the use of legal AI in allowing law firms like HSF to provide the best client service possible in the most efficient manner.

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

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development
  • 5/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • The graduate recruitment team and speakers all made it very easy to understand what is required in the role of a HSF solicitor, particularly what is expected of a trainee. Through an in depth trainee networking session, I developed my understanding of the daily structure of a trainee's working day, as well as how they utilise their skills in their work.

  • Please rate how insightful you found the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the structure of the insight
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate business leader involvement during the insight
  • 5/5


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • The HSF culture and general atmosphere was very friendly and approachable - I felt very comfortable asking questions and getting to know the firm in a much more detailed and insightful way. The socialising sessions also showed me how key HSF values establishing and developing relationships with those you collaborate with.

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

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your insight?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the HSF First Year Scheme! It was an amazing way to learn more about the firm in a friendly and approachable environment in which I could learn a lot about HSF's work and culture from people who work there every day. It was also a great experience to meet and collaborate with like-minded individuals, as well attending amazing social events too.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on the insight
  • 5/5

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

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

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

  • 8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Herbert Smith Freehills
  • I would recommend for people to thoroughly research the firm, and make sure that you portray your unique personality and experiences across is a good fashion.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Commercial Law

14th April 2021

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