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About Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
With thousands of lawyers across 26 global locations, Herbert Smith Freehills is a global legal force. The firm’s main practices include corporate; dispute resolution; finance, real estate, and projects; employment, pensions, and incentives; and competition, regulation, and trade, as well as its Alternative Legal Services division.
U.K. & Aussie Roots with a Growing Big Apple Presence
In 2012, U.K. law firm Herbert Smith combined with Australian firm Freehills, creating what is known today as Herbert Smith Freehills. In that same year, the firm opened its New York office. The firm continues to grow its presence in New York. Today, the firm’s midtown-based office has nearly 50 lawyers who mostly focus on commercial litigation, international arbitration, and investigations—much of its work is cross border in nature. The New York office is home to the firm’s Latin America practice and also boasts a cross-border M&A practice.
While the firm is spread across continents, it subscribes to a “one-firm” mentality. Lawyers can take advantage of international secondments, gaining experience in other offices.
Herbert Smith Freehills is known for its litigation strength, with lawyers leveraging the firm’s international reach to handle complex, cross-border matters. In particular, the firm frequently handles commercial litigation, class actions, financial services litigation matters, and products liability matters.
The firm has a strong international arbitration practice, with experience working in more than 100 countries. Many of the firm’s lawyers have served as arbitrators themselves, providing an insider perspective on the process, and have handled arbitrations under civil law, common law, and public international law. The firm has arbitrated cases involving myriad industries, including energy, manufacturing, financial, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, mining, insurance, real estate, and more.
The firm also has a busy pro bono practice, including its New York office’s work on domestic violence maters. The firm was honored for its work with Sanctuary for Families at the Above & Beyond Awards.
Standing Up for Diversity
Herbert Smith Freehills doesn’t merely talk about diversity and inclusion—it has a strategy in place. The firm’s “Leading for Inclusion 2018-21” strategy is a comprehensive plan to attract talent, serve its diverse client base, innovate by bringing together various perspectives, and creating a path that enables those in the firm to create an inclusive culture. Among the firm’s diversity networks and committees are Ability, Flexibility, Family, Gender Equity, Iris (Inclusion, Respecting Identity and Sexuality), Multiculturalism, and Veterans. The firm has set specific gender targets to increase the proportion of women in its partnership. And in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in 2020, the firm took steps to create 10 actions for change.
Herbert Smith Freehills New York (HSF NY) is committed to providing an environment that prioritizes the health and safety of our people. Our New York office continues to support remote working, whilst ensuring all members of the office remain connected as a team.
Our 2020 summer program was fully remote and candidates got to experience real case work and received substantive legal training as well as networking and presentation skills training. We also held virtual social events to ensure summer associates were able to network with members of the firm and each other, to ensure they felt fully embedded within the firm. The well-being and mental health of all our people, including summer associates, remains a high priority for the firm, and we supported them more with regular check-ins as well as access to our mental health champions.
We have also attended numerous networking events at various law schools throughout the U.S. and will be participating in OCI for select schools to build out a robust 2021 summer class. HSF NY also supports law school affinity groups and will continue to attend upcoming virtual networking events and panels for this academic year.
We are committed to growing our New York office and we will continue to engage with candidates remotely. If you would like to monitor our career opportunities, please visit our careers portal.
Why Work Here
As one of the world’s leading law firms, we advise many of the biggest and most ambitious organizations across all major regions of the globe. Our clients trust us with their most important transactions, disputes and projects because of our ability to cut through complexity and mitigate risk. Our clients include BHP, BP, Chevron Corporation, Credit Suisse, Dyson, Jefferies, Kingdom of Spain, Marriott International, Republic of Italy, Russian Olympic Biathlon Team and Uber.
450 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (917) 542-7600
NY Managing & Hiring Partner: Scott Balber
NY Hiring Partner: Peter Behmke
Total No. Attorneys (2021):
2K - 2.5K
1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer Associate: $3,653.84/week
Recruiting and Professional Development Specialist
No. of U.S. Offices: 1
No. of International Offices: 26
New York, NY I Bangkok
NY practice areas: Disputes-Litigation, Disputes- International Arbitration and Projects/Finance.
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.