• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

The Herbert Smith Freehills First Year Workshop included informative talks from partners, interactive workshops based on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Application Skills, and networking with current trainees.


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • The First Year Workshop overall was an immersive experience into what working at Herbert Smith Freehills is like. Through the interactive Alternative Dispute Resolution Workshop and Corporate Case Study, I was able to learn more about the work the firm takes part in, and the role of trainees.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I have learned various new skills - how to critically analyse case studies, work with others to present ideas, and also how to network in a professional setting.

  • 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?
  • It was a very nice experience to learn more about the firm first hand, as the firm's website only tells you so much. I found out the exact numbers of vacation scheme places available, more about Herbert Smith Freehills' clients and how the firm operates as a business.

  • Please rate how insightful you found the insight
  • 4/5

  • 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 culture was warm and inclusive. I felt very comfortable asking partners and trainees any questions that I had.

  • 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 really enjoyed the insight scheme - I was able to tell how much effort was put into preparing it and I appreciated that. It has urged me to apply for their Winter Vacation Scheme.

  • 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 advise others of the competitiveness, and also that they need to be very prepared for the assessment centre. There are only 30 places on each vacation scheme, which can be daunting to some. Also, the interview process is very vigorous, so it is necessary that you are ready.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Commercial Law

14th April 2021

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