Vacation Scheme Student at Herbert Smith Freehills

Duration
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)
Region
London Central London and City
Review Date
Salary
Less than £ 10,000
Roles
Legal/Law

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

8.1/10

The Role
8.0
Organisation
9.0

Socialising

7.2

The Role

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

They were an incredibly friendly firm and both the work, social events and presentations were all really enjoyable.

9/10

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

Everyone was happy to answer my questions, from trainees to senior partners, and I felt that the firm really valued their vacation scheme students.

9/10

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

I sat in two departments and in each my supervisor was fantastic. They answered all my questions, and were really keen to help with any problems or particular interests I had.

10/10

4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

Not always busy enough.

6/10

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

I got to do some work connected to a case for a client, but realistically they could not give us that much responsibility.

5/10

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

I learnt a lot about commercial law and what life as a trainee would be like.

9/10

The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Really friendly and good fun. There was an open-door policy and as a whole the firm seemed to have quite a relaxed atmosphere.

9/10

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

Really well organised and everything ran very smoothly.

10/10

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

Lots of presentations on different departments along with a negotiation skills workshop and individual work within the departments.

9/10

10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events
9/10

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

Waiting to hear back on the results of my interview.

8/10

Social

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

A really great mix of people. We went out for lunch together most days as well as drinks after work when there wasn't anything organsied for us by the firm.

9/10

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

London prices meant that things were often quite expensive.

6/10

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

Lots of nice bars and places to grab a drink after work.

7/10

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

Some opportunities to get involved with sports or pro bono activities. after work

7/10