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Your training contract From day one you’ll be surprised how much direct contact you have with clients. You’ll feel valued and involved. The hands-on learning we offer will help you understand the legal and commercial context of the advice we give. You’ll quickly experience the satisfaction of going the extra mile for our clients. The sheer variety of work you undertake in

your training contract will help you decide where your future lies. During your two years you’ll move between four seats of six months each. All trainees spend time in the dispute resolution and corporate divisions in London. Seats are also available in the finance and real estate divisions and in specialist practice areas like the advocacy unit, EU and competition, intellectual property, employment, pensions and incentives, tax and trusts. There are numerous international secondment

opportunities across our network of offices, including Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, Moscow, Paris and Tokyo. Bespoke training contracts are available to individuals fluent in Arabic, Japanese or Russian. Secondment opportunities exist at a number

of our high-profile clients, including Credit Suisse, EDF and BSkyB. We also offer placements at the Royal Courts of Justice. Throughout your training we’ll help you

evaluate your strengths and development needs through regular feedback and coaching. You’ll be allocated a partner mentor, with whom you can discuss any matter at any time. 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. On qualification you can apply for a period

of unpaid leave before you take up your position as a solicitor. Then, as an associate, you’ll have ongoing training and development, along with opportunities for international and/or client secondments as your career progresses. The ambition of most of our trainees is to be a partner and this could happen within seven or eight years. However, we also offer our “of counsel” and “professional support consultant” roles as alternative career paths for senior associates and professional support lawyers who want ongoing challenges and interesting work but don’t want to become partners.

Srin Madipalli – Newly qualified associate We’re a very international firm and that’s reflected in the training intake. Lots of people apply but of course there are only a set number of places. The process is fair and open. Be prepared to be put on the spot at interview. If you can take the pressure, it’s probably a good indicator you can do the job.

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