• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions

Role Description

Three-week insight schemeat the firm. Divided into 2 seats, each in a department tailored to preference. Lots of training sessions, social events with other vac scheme students, chats with members of the firm (virtual).


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • There are daily presentations led by difference departments of the firm, introducing their practice area to us. The work of the day consists of any task/assignment handed by our supervisor in each of our seats (ex: research, drafting, proofreading...). There is also pro bono work and group projects taking place over the 3 weeks. Daily coffee meetings/chats with different members of the firm are usual, and social event organised by GR happen often.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • Significantly developped my skills. Evidently my technical skills (ex: how to draft a memo, undertake legal reearch, present findings concisely...), but also my commercial skills (ex: undertanding clients' strategies and how HSF fits in, how to negotiate with opposing counsel in litigation...), and interpersonal skills (ex: how to address clients and different members of the firm, how to ask for help/advice...). Importantly, received very useful advice from experienced lawyers and members of the firm.

  • 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?
  • Its essential to understand both the client business but also how HSF works as a business itself. Talks from the CEO and PSCs gave important insights on how to strategecially grow the ifrm or a particualr department, the balance between taking on new clients (and how to choose them; pitch to them) and dedicating enough support to existing ones, the role of each member of the firm and their particular focus.

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

  • 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?
  • Friendly, caring, inclusive. But also when needed.

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

  • 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?
  • Incredibly. I could never be bored because of the variety of activities and extent of exposure to different things in such a short timeframe.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Show your personality, it matters to them. Take your work but not yourself too serious. Be confident, proactive and seek out opportunities.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)


2nd July 2021

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