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Herbert Smith Freehills has again been voted as the most desirable law firm to work for in a survey of legal professionals across Australia.

The firm’s first place ranking is a result of the Lawyers Weekly Employer of Choice Survey 2016 which asked participants to name the firm they would most like to join if they were to leave their current employer. Nearly twenty percent of participants named Herbert Smith Freehills as their preferred employer of choice. This follows the firm’s first place ranking in the same survey in 2015.

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Regional Managing Partner Sue Gilchrist attributed the result to the firm’s exceptional culture and to its continued investment in its people around the world.

“One of our  five strategic pillars is centred around people, performance, and leadership. It’s about building a culture of high performance and high engagement to deliver a distinctive experience to our clients and our people. Through this focus we can achieve an excellent balance between a commitment to excellence and a supportive and rewarding culture.”

Ms Gilchrist went on to say: “We consistently work at an exceptionally high standard and have a diverse range of very high-calibre clients. Our lawyers get to work with some of the best legal minds in the world on some of the most complex deals and transactions in the market. This helps us provide a very compelling career opportunity and allows us to attract the brightest and most talented lawyers in the profession.”

“I also think this result is related to our people’s very high levels of engagement across the firm, and to our ongoing efforts to proactively develop an environment where people can be their true selves at work, through initiatives such as our LGBTI network, unconscious bias training and flexible working arrangements. Fostering this inclusive culture remains a key part of our strategic approach.”


About Herbert Smith Freehills

Operating from over 26 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape providing premium quality, full-service legal advice. We provide many of the world’s most important organisations with access to market-leading dispute resolution, projects and transactional legal advice, combined with expertise in a number of global industry sectors, including energy, natural resources, infrastructure, technology and financial services.

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