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Stephenson Harwood LLP

Stephenson Harwood is a thriving, international law firm with over 150 partners and more than 900 staff worldwide. Not only do we act for a wide range of listed and private companies, institutions and successful entrepreneurs. We also offer a full range of services in a wide variety of sectors. What’s more, when it comes to delivering sound commercial solutions to complex business challenges, we punch well above our weight.

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

We take just 18 trainees on each year. So you can look forward to a huge amount of individual attention, coaching and monitoring. Your structured programme involves four six-month seats in our contentious and non-contentious practice groups. You can expect on-the-job training complemented by in-house seminars; to share an office with a partner or senior associate; and to benefit from a continuous review of your career development. You could also have the chance to spend one of your six-month seats in Hong Kong, Dubai, Seoul or Singapore and to take advantage of client secondment opportunities. We’ll give you your own caseload and as much responsibility as you can shoulder – not forgetting free language tuition where appropriate.

Benefits

These include subsidised health club membership, private health insurance and 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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