Herbert Smith Freehills

The Legal Cheek View

Life right now for Herbert Smith Freehills is pretty good. The firm has put in its third consecutive year of strong financial results – most recently boosting turnover by 6.7% to £870 million and profit per equity partner by 5% to a whopping £840,000. And Herbert Smith Freehills is sharing the bounty with its young, upping pay for its newly qualified solicitors this year to a bonus-linked package worth between £82,000-£90,000.

All this happy financial information is a strong signal that the 2012 merger between elite London-based global firm Herbert Smith and Australiasian powerhouse Freehills has worked rather nicely, with the notoriously difficult assimilation period having been completed to leave a megafirm serving 20 countries across 26 offices.

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Deadlines

Winter Vacation Scheme

5-16 December 2016

Applications open: 1 October 2016
Applications close: 31 October 2016

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Spring Vacation Scheme

27 March-7 April 2017

Applications open: 1 October 2016
Applications close: 6 January 2017

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Summer Vacation Schemes

19 June-7 July 2017; 10 July-28 July 2017

Applications open: 1 October 2016
Applications close: 6 January 2017

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Training Contracts

To commence 2019

Applications open: 1 October 2016
Applications close: 6 January 2017

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First Year Workshops

23-24 March 2017; 12-13 April 2017

Applications open: 1 January 2017
Applications close: 31 January 2017

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Campus Manager

To commence autumn 2017

Applications open: 1 March 2017
Applications close: 21 April 2017

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Key Info

Training contracts 70
Latest trainee retention rate 94%
Offices 26
Countries 20
Minimum A-level requirement No minimum
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A*
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
B
Perks
A*
Office
B
Canteen
A
Social life
A
Chances of secondment abroad
A*

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 9:16am
Average leave time 8:01pm
Annual target hours 1,700
Annual leave 27 days

Money

First year trainee salary £44,000
Second year trainee salary £48,000
Newly qualified salary £82,000
Profit per equity partner £840,000
GDL grant £8,000
LPC grant £7,000

Diversity

UK female associates 50%
UK female partners 21%
UK BME associates 21%
UK BME partners 3%

32% of Herbert Smith Freehills' current trainees are BME.

Universities Current Trainees Attended