Vacation Scheme student at Herbert Smith Freehills

Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
London Central London and City
Review Date
Less than £ 10,000

This review was written using a previous version of questions that were updated in 2013


The Role



The Role

Role Description

writing legal research notes
attending internal meetings and taking minutes.
attended a tax tribunal
helped with some filing and copy-checking.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

The work was incredibly varied and high profile, which is exciting. It really reinforced my desire to be a commercial lawyer.


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

They were all really friendly and supporting. They all gave me great advice and some I would consider my friends.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

They were very busy which is to be expected but I appreciated my supervisors talking to me abotu their work whenever they had a minute.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Never felt like I had too much work. I worked through everything at an efficient pace and when I asked for more I was given some, so I was always kept busy and never bored.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

Some of the notes I prepared will be used for the purpose of giving clients advice so that felt quite satisfying. I felt responsible for the tasks I had been given, and felt as if I was contributing and helping my supervisor.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I haev gained an invaluable set of skills: attention to detail from preparing legal research notes; negotiation skills; time mangament which will no doubt help me in the future in the career of a commercial lawyer.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming. Drinks trolleys came out one Friday evening to celebrate the merger, everyone was jovial and it was a really nice atmosphere in the office.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

It really was organised well. Everything happened on time, there were no glitches.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

There were presentations, workshops, socials almost every day; it really was a learning experience, so I would say they did invest quite a lot.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

I feel positive, but it is extremely competitive so I am hoping for the best.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

We all got along really well and we even organised our own social events.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

London is always bound to be expensive, however, Herbert Smith had organised many of the social events so that made it easier.


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

London's nightlife is excellent.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

There were sports opportunities which included matches in the evenings that vacation scheme students could take part in and there was also a shadowing opportunity at Whitechapel legal advice centre on offer.