Stephenson Harwood LLP graduate opportunities

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8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Open and collaborative. Routinely punches above its weight."
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...

"There's an online application form, a first-round HR interview and a second-round..."

"Everyone is very approachable and willing to help and support you."

"There are frequent practice group talks and trainee training events. These range..."

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

"Relatively formal dress code, men always in suits (some no tie) woman more formal..."

"In my experience, hours are reasonably flexible. You can book in events far in advance..."

"The salary is broadly in line with City firm levels."

"Free concert tickets and two for one art gallery entrance for some exhibitions."

"There are only eight places per intake and two intakes per year. Three vacation schemes..."

"They were interested in my previous work experience and how I thought that experience..."

"I believe that the firm should remove all plastic water cups and cardboard coffee..."

"The firm is very committed to these issues but the real effect has yet to be seen...."

"I am pleased that I get to manage small matters on my own. I have learned a lot about..."

"The firm has a charity of the year and various events are held throughout the course..."

"Getting interesting work and having the ability to work independently. Colleagues..."

"No 24 hour support staff/taxi accounts."

"The quality of work and level of responsibility is high but the firm is also very..."

"Retention rates seem to be quite high."

"Our firm has tier-one practice in many niche areas. One of my favourites is art law...."

"Ambitious, talented, hard-working and humble."

"We have outreach programmes for school children from less privileged backgrounds...."

"The option to do a seat in Paris would be great."

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