We don’t exist in a vacuum; our work puts us at the centre of world business and our lawyers know the world of business as well as they know the law.
First, we’re unique among our peers in being the leading litigation firm in Europe and Asia and having one of the world’s pre-eminent corporate practices.
Our award-winning in-house advocacy unit – the first such unit in the UK – offers a complete litigation service and a realistic alternative to the Bar. A similar vein of quality runs through our other practice areas, such as finance, competition, regulation and trade, real estate and employment, pensions and incentives.
By choosing to start your career with us you’ll be joining some of the brightest minds in the legal profession, doing the best work for the best clients. Over 70% of our trainees get the chance of a secondment to one of our international offices, or to one of our major clients.
Second, the international nature of our business. We provide a co-ordinated service using the best lawyers across the globe. We deliver this from our own offices in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In the US we work collaboratively with many of the country’s premier law firms.
Our teams in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing have led many of the multi-billion dollar international offerings that have propelled China's former state-owned enterprises onto the world stage.
Our reputation for handling groundbreaking emerging market mandates has been one of the defining features of the firm in recent years. Our long-established full-service capability in Moscow makes Herbert Smith one of the top international firms in Russia. We are doing an increasing amount of South America related work in areas such as energy, finance and arbitration. With our Paris office leading the way, we have been active on the African continent for some 30 years, while our India practice is one of the strongest of any international law firm.
Third, the premium we place on training and developing our people. We enjoy what we do and are passionate about providing the highest level of client service. We believe that a meritocratic and collegiate environment – where lawyers are treated as individuals – will attract and retain the best talent. As a trainee, you’ll have responsibility and exposure to interesting work at an early stage. This will give you an exceptional set of skills and experiences and will help you realise your full potential.
Train at Herbert Smith and you'll be treated as one of the team. You'll work alongside some of the world's best lawyers and you'll contribute directly to the success of our clients - some of the biggest companies in the world.
Working at Herbert Smith offers the chance to expand your experience through international secondments and travel, while providing you with many opportunities to grow as a lawyer.
We offer a unique training programme thanks to the strength of our disputes and corporate practices, alongside depth an quality in finance, real estate, competition, regulation and trade, and employment, pensions and incentives.
We have an enviable reputation as a market leader in many of the world's emerging markets and have ambitious plans for further expansion.
We need to recruit people with the drive and ambition to help the firm meet those goals and we'll offer you excellent financial benefits and a structured career path if you join us.
Our reputation has been earned by recruiting the most clever, driven and rounded people whom are able to work on the most complex cases and highest quality cross-border deals. We value an ability to learn, take on new ideas and push back boundaries.
We look for graduates who have an international mindset, and who want to join our international network, not just one office.
Key among the other qualities we are looking for are strong levels of commercial awareness, motivation for a legal career, organisational skills and interpersonal skills. Strong analytical skills and judgement, as well as lateral thinking and initiative are also extremely important to us.
In return we provide a first class training and development programme and support them in realising their full potential.
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