Get the inside buzz from graduates at Stephenson Harwood LLP

8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2018)
"Hard-working, friendly and varied."
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...

"Take part in the firm's vacation scheme - you will understand the firm's culture..."

"Partners are very accommodating and there are opportunities to get involved with..."

"The training programme is very comprehensive with mid- and final-seat reviews. The..."

"Partners have generally been very supportive and available to discuss not just work..."

"The London office is the biggest office and it has an amazing location and facilities...."

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

"The pay is fair compared to peers in other mid-tier firms but increases have not..."

"Perks include: privileged tickets to the Royal Albert Hall, season ticket loan, gym..."

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

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

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

"Our firm is one of the very few law firms in the City with a female leader."

"Main responsibilities include document management, drafting security documents and..."

"The firm has a charity of the year, and runs a programme of events throughout the..."

"The high level of responsibility given to trainees and variety of work."

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

"The size, my experience on the placement scheme, the people I met and the international..."

"We have a small intake here so retention rates are usually very good."

"The firm has an enthusiastic mixed tag-rugby team!"

"International and friendly."

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

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

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