Herbert Smith Freehills is involved in numerous competitions and community projects across India. These offer you the chance to both develop your professional knowledge and abilities, and to make a positive impact on issues close to your heart and ours. Learn more about these opportunities here.


The Herbert Smith Freehills' Community Engagement Awards Programme invites entries from individuals or teams of students across all law schools to showcase outstanding contributions they are making in their communities.The Herbert Smith Freehills' Community Engagement Awards Programme invites entries from individuals or teams of students across all law schools to showcase outstanding contributions they are making in their communities.

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Herbert Smith Freehills' Bridge (HSF Bridge) provides a link between students at Indian law schools and socially relevant projects, and provides students with the necessary support to be a force for good in society. HSF Bridge is currently being piloted with the following Indian law schools NUJS, NLS, NLU (Delhi), NLU (Jodhpur) and NALSAR.

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As a part of our Indian practice, Herbert Smith Freehills has a significant focus on supporting legal education in India.

In 2008, the firm launched its “Indian University Support Initiative” as part of this wider commitment to India.

Under this initiative, the firm has organised a number of international training programmes and educational events in association with leading law schools in India.

Each event provided an opportunity for Indian law students to interact and learn from, some of the world's leading lawyers and academics such as Edward Walker-Arnott,Chris Parsons, Justin D'Agostino, partners at Herbert Smith Freehills; Professor Timothy Endicott, the Dean of Oxford Law; and Professor James Edelman, Barrister, Fellow at Keble College and lecturer and Professor of the Law of Obligations in the Faculty of Law.


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Lecture Series: NLS, Bangalore Moot Court Competition: NUJS, Kolkata Lecture Series: NUJS, Kolkata Presentation: NLU, Delhi and NUJS, Kolkata Presentation: GNLU, Gandhinagar


Essay Competition: NLS, Bangalore Lecture Series: NALSAR, Hyderabad Lecture Series: NLS, Bangalore Lecture Series: NLU, Jodhpur Lecture Series: NUJS, Kolkata Lecture Series: Nandurbar


Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and the National Law University, Delhi jointly organise the HSF-NLU Delhi International Negotiation Competition (INC), which is usually held during the second weekend of September every year in Delhi.

INC was conceptualised by HSF and started in 2014 as an invitation-only competition, and within a short span of a few years it has gained the unique distinction of being the first competition of its kind in India (and probably in Asia).

INC aims at providing an opportunity to law students of top universities across the globe to practice and improve their negotiation skills. The competition provides a platform for students to compete in a truly diverse and an international environment. It is carefully structured to simulate legal negotiations particularly for students desirous of becoming international lawyers.

Students participating in the competition assume the roles of international lawyers in negotiating a series of legal problems. The problems are based on real life examples and comprise a common set of facts known to all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side. To ensure that the negotiations are more real-life like, the competition is typically judged by transactional lawyers with international exposure.

INC sees participation from top universities from countries such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Germany, South Africa and India.

It has received widespread acclaim for its well-drafted negotiation simulations, quality of judging and overall standards of participation.

If you or your university is interested in participating in the competition in the future, please contact the competition coordinator at hsf.nc@nludelhi.ac.in.

NUJS-HSF National Corporate Law Moot Court Competition

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP together with the WB National University of Judicial Sciences (NUJS) organise the annual NUJS-HSF National Corporate Law Moot Court Competition (NUJS HSF Moot). The NUJS HSF Moot is now in its tenth year and has become one of the foremost corporate law moot competitions in India. The moot problem is based on contemporary issues in corporate and commercial law in India and will see participation from twenty Indian universities.

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International Lecture Programme

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Oxford University jointly organise the International Lecture Programme (ILP) every year in India.

ILP is a one week course conducted by Chris Parsons (Chairman, India Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills) and Professor Timothy Endicott (Professor of Legal Philosophy, Oxford University, and ex-Dean of the Faculty of Law, Oxford University) covering topics, such as, Cross-border M&A, Negotiation, Constitutional law, English Public law and Common law and Corporate Insolvency law.

It was officially launched in 2010, and over the number of years has become very prestigious and sought after.

ILP is organised at different Indian law schools every year and in the past it has been held at the National Law Schools in Bangalore, Jodhpur, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Delhi and Jindal in Sonepat.

It is usually attended by 100-150 students, which includes a large portion of students from the host law school and a few meritorious students from select top Indian law schools (on invite only basis). In addition, law students supported by diversity organisations (such as, IDIA) are also invited to attend ILP.

As a part of HSF's wider commitment to India and in addition to ILP, HSF also runs Edward's Lecture Series at different Indian law schools covering aspects of corporate laws. The lectures are delivered by Edward Walker-Arnott, who was a senior partner at the firm between 1992 and 2000 and is an honorary QC and a visiting professor at the University College London. 

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