• Skills
  • Business Insight
  • Culture
  • Your Impressions


  • 1. Please give an overview of the insight and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • I had an opportunity to conduct research and help draft documents for the firm on a daily basis. I was also able to observe how the firm operated and learn more about the legal industry.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • The vacation scheme taught me how to think about the wider commercial picture while completing tasks and to communicate in a clear and effective 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?
  • It was really interesting to get an inside look into how law firms operate as businesses and add commercial value to its clients. This exposed me to a wide variety of roles which help to contribute to the firm in various ways, which was an eye opening experience.

  • 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?
  • HSF has an incredibly welcoming and supportive culture that helps its people feel supported, enabling them to maximise their potential. It is also a great environment to work in because your colleagues are very friendly and helpful, creating fun and cohesive working relationships with a high level of trust.

  • 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?
  • HSF's vacation scheme went far above my expectations with regards to engagement and enjoyment. Being able to work in a supportive and inclusive environment helped me to really engage with the work and contribute in a meaningful way. Beyond that, the people at HSF are all incredibly nice and willing to get to know you on a personal level.

  • 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
  • HSF really values people as individuals so just do your best to show your personality through your application and during your interview. It's also important to demonstrate a genuine interest in the firm and show an understanding of why HSF is different to other firms.

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Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

Commercial Law

Central London and City

23rd July 2021

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