Herbert Smith Freehills

Takeovers and mergers. Arbitration and litigation. We’ve got it all. And because we’re one of the world’s leading law firms, we also work with some of the biggest international organisations on some of their most ambitious projects.

Thanks to the quality of our international network, we’re able to offer our clients both domestic and cross-border services, which means you get the chance to work in a truly global way.

Our work is incredibly varied. We provide top quality tailored legal advice to major corporations, governments and financial institutions as well as different types of commercial organisations. We’re proud to be a full-service firm and we’re proud to be able to do more for our clients.

Herbert Smith Freehills is a place where you won’t just experience everything, you’ll be a part of it. So if you’ve got the drive and ambition to become an exceptional lawyer, we’d like to hear from you.

We’re organised along five divisions – corporate; dispute resolution; finance, real estate and projects; employment, pensions and incentives; and competition, regulation and trade.

Our practice areas

  • Asset management and investment funds
  • Capital markets
  • Competition, regulation and trade
  • Compliance and regulatory
  • Corporate
  • Corporate crime and investigations
  • Corporate governance and head office advisory
  • Crisis management
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment, pensions and incentives
  • Environment, planning and communities
  • Finance
  • Intellectual property
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Projects and infrastructure
  • Real estate
  • Restructuring, turnaround and insolvency
  • Tax

A rich and diverse culture

Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to promote a culture of fairness, equality and inclusion. We believe that having a diverse and open workplace adds new dimensions to how we tackle client challenges and drives innovation forward. Wherever you join us, you’ll find talented people with different views, experiences and backgrounds.

In Australia, we have focused our efforts on fostering inclusivity. Through a series of initiatives, we’ve worked hard to affirm our commitment to equality in the workplace. For more information on our diversity and inclusion program visit: herbertsmithfreehills.com/about-us/diversity-and-inclusion.

Clerkship program

Finding the right fit for you is key to deciding where to start your legal career. Since working together is a good way to get to know each other, we offer a range of summer and winter clerkships in each of our Australian offices. We encourage students to participate in our vacation clerkship program and we fill the majority of our graduate positions through this program.

As a vacation clerk, you will be given extensive training on all aspects of the firm, drafting and research skills. Current lawyers and partners will speak to you about what they do and the nature of work in each of the legal sections of the firm. You will have the opportunity to work with our lawyers as a member of our legal team, attend professional development seminars and briefing sessions on business development strategies and information technology.

Of course, there is also a variety of social events organised for the clerks.

For more information visit our website: careers.herbertsmithfreehills.com/au/grads/