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In this section you can find all the advice and guidance you need as you apply for jobs and prepare for interviews.
In the Recruitment section there is a wealth of information about completing applications forms, online tests, and the various stages in the recruitment. Whilst the Disability section provides advice on how to manage your disability during the recruitment process including information on how to inform an employer of what you require and referring to your disability during an interview.
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The Organisations section is where you can find out about various organisations, the opportunities they offer and their individual approach to disability.
Profiles / Stories
It’s always great to hear from those who have been successful.
This section profiles many individuals, working across different industries, at various stages of their careers. Their interviews demonstrate that is possible to have a successful career regardless of whether or not you have a disability. They also illustrate the adjustments that can be made in the workplace.
For partner Daniel Hudson, encouraging greater diversity in the workplace is an open and shut case.
“Our clients expect us to have diversity in our firm so we can understand the issues they are facing,” he says. “The better we reflect our client base, the better we can meet their needs.” He speaks from personal experience – a bicycle accident some years into his career with HSF left him with disabilities.
Ensuring that applicants and employees with disabilities get the support they need from the start is a key part of its remit. That includes sending out a strong message to potential recruits.
As Network co-chair Alison Matthews puts it, “Talent goes across the board, whether you’ve got a disability or not. It’s about making opportunities accessible to whoever is the best person for that particular role – and then making sure we create an environment where people feel comfortable to tell us what they need.”
Fellow co-chair Sarah Ries-Coward – who herself has dyslexia – believes that people with disabilities often have something extra to contribute to the firm.
“If you have a disability the chances are you won’t have had an easy life. People with disabilities are tenacious and determined. In this working environment, that refusal to give up is a valuable quality to have.”
HSF is now in the process of developing an adjustment policy to cover any changes people need at work, whether permanent or temporary.
“We recognise that to get the best out of our staff we need to work with them,” says Daniel. “You can’t help someone to reach their potential unless you really understand the barriers they face.” Sarah agrees. “I’m happy to ask for what I need. We sort it out and we move on. As a result, my disability isn’t an issue for me or the people I work for. That’s what we want to achieve for everyone.”
Daniel believes the Ability Network is also having a positive impact on attitudes across the company. “The awareness campaigns and events we’ve run are definitely having an effect,” he says. “People are more willing to talk about their issues. We now have a really positive culture for people with disabilities.” This is borne out by results from the annual staff survey, which show a significant increase in the number of people disclosing a disability.
Personal stories have proved a particularly powerful tool for increasing understanding and stimulating discussion.
“We’ve had colleagues volunteer to talk to a group of their peers about their disability, what it is, how it affects them and what adjustments they need,” says Alison. “I know of one group of colleagues who attended one of our awareness raising sessions. They’d been having lunch together for years but it was only after that session that they realised three out of the four of them had a hidden disability. The impact really has been phenomenal.”
Daniel Hudson has some advice for potential applicants:
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is one of the world’s biggest law firms, with 26 offices spanning Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the US. HSF prides itself on offering world class professional services, supporting its wide client base in their most important transactions, disputes and projects.
Diversity and inclusion is a critical component of the firm's past, present and future and is one of the values which shapes us. In return, a strong diversity and inclusion programme helps us to attract and retain the very best talent, engage with our people, foster innovation and meet the needs of our diverse clients.
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 a brilliant lawyer, we'd like to hear from you.The graduate recruitment team work with the HSF Ability Network across the year. For example, for the annual disability mooting competition in partnership with Oxford University and in building links with Ability Networks at universities across the UK.Visit our graduate recruitment site to find out more information about opportunities with HSF: https://careers.herbertsmithfreehills.com/uk/grads/Follow us on Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn
Our clients expect us to have diversity in our firm so we can understand the issues they are facing. The better we reflect our client base, the better we can meet their needs.
At Herbert Smith Freehills we recognise and appreciate all of the differences that make each of us unique. Upholding a culture of inclusion that fosters these differences is imperative for our business and the diverse clients and communities in which we live and work. Embracing a diversity of views and experience means we attract and retain the best talent and provide our clients with the most considered and innovative advice.
Recognised in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers Index consecutively since 2008. In 2017 Herbert Smith Freehills was ranked 21st 2017: Times Top 100 Graduate Employer2016: The Times Top 50 Employer for Women
Have a look on the Herbert Smith Freehills websites to see more hints and tips for applying - https://careers.herbertsmithfreehills.com/uk/grads/join-us#hints_and_tips
You don’t need to study law to be a brilliant lawyer. In fact, we recruit from a whole range of academic backgrounds. The only thing we’re looking for is exceptional people with the desire and ability to become truly brilliant lawyers. And there’s more to that than just a great academic record. There’s fantastic perception skills. There’s confidence. There’s empathy. There’s an international mind set. There’s diligence. And there’s the drive to not only experience everything, but to be a part of it.
Talent goes across the board, whether you’ve got a disability or not. It’s about making opportunities accessible to whoever is the best person for that particular role – and then making sure we create an environment where people feel comfortable to tell us what they need.The below are the typical examples of reasonable adjustments that we have made in the past. We recognise that different people need different types of reasonable adjustments and we encourage you to speak to us about your individual needs. You may like to refer to the following webpage telling you about our assessment process, including the test and the assessment day, here: https://careers.herbertsmithfreehills.com/uk/grads/join-us
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Our success depends on your skills, knowledge and ideas. That is why we will invest heavily in your development. Through formal training, pro bono opportunities and the chance to work with inspiring people who are leaders in their fields, we will help you grow personally and professionally. You will be part of a working environment that is supportive and open, and allows you to be yourself.
A key part of our approach is our employee networks. We have a range of networks, including our Women Lawyers network, Women in Business Services network, Multiculturalism network (which celebrates diverse ethnicity, religion and faith and cultures), LGBT network (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender), Family network and Ability network.Our Ability network focuses on making the entire firm more confident in its understanding of disability. We run awareness-raising events, socials and provide networking opportunities – both internally and with our clients. For example, we recently hosted a panel session on dyslexia in the work place.