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Culture

8.0 / 10

(based on 10 ratings in 2015)

2015

"The firm has a lovely culture; it is friendly without there being too much pressure to socialise. Doors are definitely open for you to ask questions."
First year trainee, London
"Stephenson Harwood has a good work culture. A sense of inclusion and support is felt at all times when working. Out of hours there is good social culture. There are many social activities organised and the trainee social committee really tries hard to organise drinks and events."
First year trainee, London
"Colleagues are friendly across all levels. It would be nice if social events outside of the office were more frequent so that we could get to know them even better."
First year trainee, London
"People are very sociable in and out of the office. They are also realistic in their expectations of you; 'face-time' is not something that occurs."
First year trainee, London
"Generally everyone trusts you to get your own work done and manage your own time but are supportive should you need any extra help. I have a lot of interaction with partners in the practice group, often working directly with them which really makes you feel like you are doing important work rather than just admin."
First year trainee, London

2014

"The culture is great - there is no pressure to socialise but opportunities are there if you want them. There is no hierarchy between the staff socially at all. Lots of teamwork."
First year trainee, London
"In the office the culture is very friendly and familial. Relatively non-hierarchical and open. There are fairly regular team drinks after work and a concerted effort to have drinks every few weeks with other trainees. Client events are also fairly regular."
First year trainee, London
"In my opinion there are not enough firm social events or clubs but the trainees do socialise informally. Partners are generally approachable and I regularly work directly for a partner."
Second year trainee, London
"There is no macho culture of staying at the office late to look good. That said, people work to the job and late finishes are an occasional occupational hazard. The people are generally very friendly and considerate - I am yet to meet anyone I do not get along with at the firm. Social events are sparse but crop up from time to time. The trainees often meet for drinks on Thursday or Friday."
First year trainee, London
"The firm is mostly very friendly. Quite a strong sense of hierarchy - everyone knows what sort of rank everyone else is - but partners and senior associates are very approachable. Some in-fighting for fees but most are good at cooperating. Some teams better than others at socialising. Trainee social events are good."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm has a genuine 'open-door' policy and people are generally very friendly. Some departments are more hierarchical than others. There is a reasonable amount of trainee socialising (we will normally meet up at lunch and for drinks after work on Fridays). There are some, but not many, departmental social events. Firm-wide events (the annual Christmas party and firm quiz) are great fun and inclusive of trainees."
First year trainee, London
"Partners are very accommodating and there are opportunities to get involved with firm-related activities away from the desk."
Second year trainee, London
"The work culture is very healthy in that you don't stay late unless you have to. Because it's small there is minimal hierarchy, in that you will often be working directly with a partner. There's not a huge amount of after-hours socialising though - everyone is keen to go home when they can."
Second year trainee, London
"There is a hierarchy, though if trainees have to interact with partners, the partners are always approachable and amenable. There are a number of sports teams and other outside-firm activities which can boost the after-hours culture. Organised and impromptu trainees drinks and events are also a regular feature of life at Stephenson Harwood!"
Second year trainee, London
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