Stephenson Harwood LLP

We pride ourselves on delivering ground-breaking deals across the globe. Our headquarters are in London, and we’ve also built close ties with our nine associated offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. This diverse mix of expertise and culture provides deep, local insight and the capability to provide a seamless international service to our clients. The clients we work with are hugely varied.

Whether they’re corporations, institutions or individuals, we assemble teams of bold thinkers to match our clients’ needs and ensure they receive the right advice, from the right person, at the right time. Our experience encompasses Corporate, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, Employment and Pensions, Finance, Marine and International Trade, and Real Estate.

Trainee profile

Firstly we look for a quick intellect. As well as at least a 2:1 in any discipline plus 320 UCAS points or equivalent, you’ll need strong analytical skills, sound judgement, imagination and meticulous attention to detail.

Also vital are the communication skills to be persuasive and build rapport, plenty of drive and determination, plus a keen interest in business.

Training environment

There’s a lot to look forward to as a trainee at Stephenson Harwood: top quality global work across a range of sectors, an environment that balances cutting-edge work with a respectful, friendly culture, and the chance to prove yourself on an international secondment. We work in small teams, so every person is critical – that’s why we’ll expect you to work to the best of your ability every day.

Our training is not only structured and practical but highly personalised, so you’ll have everything you need to develop along a career path that’s absolutely right for you.

Following a week’s intensive induction and a comprehensive post-induction programme, you’ll complete four seats – each six months long – across different practice areas. We ask for your preferred choices so we can accommodate them wherever possible.

Whatever the practice, you can expect extensive exposure to our clients and stimulating, cutting-edge projects. You could find yourself working on anything from a high-profile, £multi-million financial litigation case to a ground-breaking M&A deal. You could even spend time on secondment at a client’s office, absorbing a totally different business culture first-hand. We also encourage our trainees to apply to gain experience overseas in our Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Dubai or Paris offices.

Benefits

These include online gym membership, private medical insurance, health screening, pension, life assurance, private GP services, critical illness cover, dental insurance, retail vouchers, subsidised cafe, season ticket loan and 25 days’ paid holiday a year.

 
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