• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • The two day workshop included participating in an ADR workshop where participants were split into small groups and were given the task of coming up with some terms of agreement for a fictional client. Each group then had a mediation with the group representing the opposite side to negotiation terms. There was also a trainees and practice group careers networking sessions. Participants were given an insight to the roles that partners/associates/trainees do in different practice areas and the opportunities they have been presented with by the firm. The firm also hosted a lovely social event of chocolate making which was great fun.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I developed my negotiating and teamwork skills in an ADR workshop as I had to taken into consideration the interests of both parties but also ensuring that I was able to promote the needs of my client. I also worked well in a team by listening to everyone's contributions, providing suggestions on the type of terms that needed to be included in the mediation and communicating effectively. I also developed my commercial awareness in a headline case study session, learning about the role a trainee will play in this situation and what the outcome of this case meant to the law firm.

  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 3/5

  • 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?
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development
  • 3/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • The firm provided a lot of information about the business of the firm from the beginning to the end of the workshop. The workshop began with an introduction to one of the firm's main practice area by a partner including the type clients they work for and cases they deal with. There was also a practice group careers fair where participants met partners/associates from different practice areas such as disputes, corporate, finance and employment. It was very interesting learning about the business of the firm and what differentiates it from its competitors.

  • 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
  • 3/5


  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • I would describe the culture of the firm as being very connected as the trainees I spoke to during the networking sessions spoke about how well they have been supported and valued by the firm during the pandemic. The culture is also progressive as the firm has been developing some amazing technology services that would be of great support to their clients and staff. The firm also considered the needs of the participants and hosted an amazing chocolate making session to help us meet different people which we have not been able to do because of Covid-19. The firm also sent participants cake and tea which was very thoughtful of them.

  • 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?
  • 4/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the insight?
  • I really enjoyed the insight workshop at Herbert Smith Freehills as it was informative and engaging. The firm provided participants with top application tips on how to make a successful application to the firm which I found extremely helpful. I was also given an insight into the role of a trainee and the high level of case they have the opportunity to work which is useful for their professional development. I also got to participate in an ADR workshop which was really enjoyable especially the client I had to represent and the background information to the case.

  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on the insight
  • 4/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 4/5

  • 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 tips or advice would you give to others applying to Herbert Smith Freehills
  • I would recommend students to research the firm well checking out their website, social media accounts and reviews of other people's experiences of working at the firm. I would also recommend reading the job and skills requirement of a trainee to help you in understanding whether this is a place you want to apply to in the future and also using this information as guidance on the type of skills you should aim to demonstrate in your application. I would also recommend connecting with people who work at the firm on LinkedIn and the graduate recruitment team to seek guidance on how to structure your application answers/ learning about the business of the firm.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Commercial Law

Central London and City

19th April 2021

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