Herbert Smith Freehills FAQ

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28 March 2019

Does Herbert Smith Freehills pay for a gym membership?

Pros

Modern offices Social events They have employee benefits like subsidised health insurance and gym membership

Cons

Incredibly toxic work culture. All the negative reviews say it all. If the manager doesn’t like you and you’re not part of their circle, they would find ways to performance manage you without warning so you’ll quit. HR is spineless and don’t have employees’ interest at heart. They only exist so the firm does not get sued so don’t ever make the mistake of coming to them if you feel that you are being bullied and gaslighted, they encourage it so they would be very dismissive when you speak to them about it. Do yourself a favour and stay away from this firm! Freehills before the merger was way better. When the merged with Herbert Smith happened, everything went downhill.

They have employee benefits like subsidised health insurance and gym membership

28 March 2019

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2 September 2019

How are the career development opportunities at Herbert Smith Freehills?

Pros

Good job if you have other things going on on the side. Good working atmosphere

Cons

No career progression, boring work

No career progression, boring work

2 September 2019

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10 September 2019

What kind of career opportunities exist at Herbert Smith Freehills?

Pros

The firm has a great welcoming culture, friendly atmosphere and strong sense of teamwork. I feel that my contributions to the team are acknowledged and valued and enjoy the work I undertake. I have personally enjoyed opportunities for advancement, having joined the firm as a legal analyst, received additional responsibilities in this role, successfully applied for a training contract and qualified as a solicitor.

Cons

Since the Belfast office's work is primarily document-based, the main drawback is probably the more limited variety of the types of work available in the context of the litigation team, particularly for new joiners. However, I believe the firm is aware of this and is working to develop new workstreams.

I have personally enjoyed opportunities for advancement, having joined the firm as a legal analyst, received additional responsibilities in this role, successfully applied for a training contract and qualified as a solicitor.

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19 October 2019

Does Herbert Smith Freehills have any sort of mentoring programme?

Pros

You will gain insight into a prominent law firm and absorb relevant legal knowledge.

Cons

Basically no mentoring, you have to learn by yourself.

Basically no mentoring, you have to learn by yourself.

19 October 2019

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14 March 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Herbert Smith Freehills?

Pros

There are some good people there and staff who make an effort to help others and have a bit of fun. Some of the networks have good events (although a lot of it is for insta posts to attract applicants for respond and to win awards). Sometimes there are cake and sweets. The accelerate program is pointless as we don’t get any opportunities to use new skills. Salary is good, but legal analysts are all paid different salaries. Looks good on the cv.

Cons

Staff are only told at the last minute if there is work for the next week. Managers say that it is going to be busy but the work never happens. It’s very difficult to pay bills and rent when you’re only getting paid for 8 hours a week. Certain senior managers are aggressive and unhelpful if you want to work from home or need assistance. Solicitors are little cliques and don’t really like to socialise with legal analysts. Staff turnover means you’ll only have the same colleagues for a few months. Tea breaks and toilet breaks are timed and managers sometimes make passive aggressive comments about them. Grievances aren’t taken seriously and you’re told to put up and shut up. Virtually impossible to get a training contract or a raise.

Advice to Management

Create opportunities for legal analysts not just talk about them

Certain senior managers are aggressive and unhelpful if you want to work from home or need assistance.

14 March 2020

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