Stephenson Harwood LLP graduate opportunities

Get the inside buzz from graduates at Stephenson Harwood LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Thriving, successful and friendly."
8.6 / 10
Formal Training
8.5 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.0 / 10
7.8 / 10
7.6 / 10
8.6 / 10
Pro Bono
8.4 / 10


  • The firm does not have a strong feeling of hierarchy and associates and partners are usually approachable.
  • There is frequent training of a high standard and the professional skills course is spread out to stop it feeling overwhelming
  • Most departments are understanding with hours to help trainees achieve a good work/life balance.
  • Trainees are given a wide variety of responsibilities early on with helpful guidance on their tasks.


  • The salary is not seen as particularly competitive by some and there are no bonuses for trainees.
  • There could be more transparency around seat choices.
  • While hours can be flexible, they are often long and unpredictable too.
  • The café closes early so getting food when working late can be inconvenient.

What insiders say about...

"Be very familiar with your presentation so you can relax whilst giving it off the..."

"There is no macho culture of staying at the office late to look good. That said,..."

"I've had training on networking skills, presentation skills and proofreading skills...."

"I have had some who are fantastic mentors. Generally most are approachable and happy..."

"Stephenson Harwood has only moved to its new office space within the last few years...."

"I have worked longer hours when completing a deal but no all-nighters so far. I can..."

"All trainees in London are at fairly comparative rates."

"The firm has a heavy involvement with arts, and frequently has privileged tickets..."

"Application, English language and maths test for the vacation scheme. Then an interview..."

"I had to provide examples of teamwork, my leadership skills and how I had overcome..."

"More could be done but the firm does make some effort."

"The firm has a diversity champion with various initiatives."

"This varies by practice group. I was able to do high-level research and drafting..."

"There are some opportunities to help out on charitable initiatives."

"Good quality of work; you are treated well as a trainee."

"The hours (though this is perhaps the case at any City firm!)"

"The small intake and international focus."

"This varies from intake to intake."

"The CEO is a woman."

"Friendly, international and exciting."

"We run a mentoring scheme with a London school. Vacation schemes are paid."

"I'd like more trainee social events during the year."

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