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Francesca R

Associate | Herbert Smith Freehills

Profile Highlights:

  • First Generation Lawyer
  • Diversity Ally


I studied Scots Law with French at the University of Glasgow. Due to financial constraints, I stayed at home during my degree, save for an ERASMUS year in France. I found that the experience of studying abroad broadened my horizons, introduced me to a wider range of people, and encouraged me to look beyond my home city for career opportunities. However, when it came to applying for jobs, I lacked the insight that comes with having a family background in law or professional services. The application process seemed opaque, with many London firms seeking evidence of previous vacation scheme experience before they would consider offering a work placement. So I approached local Scottish firms for summer work experience, where I got to grips with general office etiquette and learned about how different types of law firm operate in practice. Later that year, I took part in HSF’s winter vacation scheme and obtained a training contract. HSF then sponsored me to study the parts of the GDL that were necessary to convert from Scots Law, as well as the accelerated LPC, before I joined the firm. During my training, I worked in banking, litigation and corporate teams and was seconded to Sky plc. In March 2017, I qualified into a commercial litigation group with a focus on energy and technology disputes, where I continue to practice now.

If you have any questions about becoming a lawyer in London, I’d be happy to answer them

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