• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

A two week vacation scheme placement. I sat in two seats: DG5 (International Arbitration) and CG4 (Corporate - Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Power). We were provided with sessions discussing areas of the firm, and tasked with work within our groups which was assessed. There were no training contract interviews or assessed presentations.


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • Daily tasks included research, proofreading, contractual interpretation, analysis of legal arguments for supervisors within our groups. Daily calls with supervisors and trainee buddies. Daily talks on various areas within the firm, including pro bono. Pro bono presentations (unassessed) within groups, presenting on access to justice and improving diversity initiatives.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • Improved my research skills, distinguishing between statute law and case law. Learning to read around a subject and go beyond the task to offer your own analysis.

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

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?
  • 4/5

  • 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?
  • I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the firm and the various practice groups.

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

  • How would you rate the structure of the insight
  • 4/5

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


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Very friendly, hardworking, intelligent people. Standards are high, as are expectations but not without support.

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

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your insight?
  • 4/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I loved it! I had a great time.

  • 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
  • Speak honestly about what has motivated you to apply to the firm - their world leading disputes practice is high on many peoples' list but the firm also has an excellent corporate practice. International opportunities for secondment. Inclusive and friendly culture.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)


16th April 2021

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