Get the inside buzz from graduates at Stephenson Harwood LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"A pleasant place to work with exposure to good quality work."
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...

"During the whole interview process try to show your personality as best you can."

"In my opinion there are not enough firm social events or clubs but the trainees do..."

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

"Associates particularly are very accessible. Partner availability varies, but in..."

"Really lovely offices in a nice location in Finsbury Circus. Dress code is smart...."

"Nobody gets into law expecting a 9.00 am to 5.00 pm job. Hours will vary, but the..."

"There are no bonuses for trainees."

"We get good healthcare benefits and there's support for carers through My Family..."

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

"I was asked: "What do you know about the law?"; "When have you failed at something?";..."

"There are recycling bins and the firm recently switched from plastic to metal cutlery..."

"Good benefits for people with families. There a lot of high-powered senior women..."

"I get very interesting work and felt that I was given the right balance of responsibility..."

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

"Overseas secondment opportunities."

"The firm doesn't have the recognition it deserves outside the legal environment."

"Its size and international opportunities."

"Retention rates vary a lot each year as there's only a few of us per intake."

"The firm's roots go back to 1828."

"Friendly, international and exciting."

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

"Hire more trainees to deal with resources."

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