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Stephenson Harwood LLP

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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 9 ratings in 2019)
"Hard-working, friendly and varied."
8.3 / 10
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.1 / 10
6.9 / 10
7.3 / 10
7.9 / 10
Pro Bono
6.2 / 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.
  • While overseas placements are offered, some trainees would have liked more.

What insiders say about...

"Know what you've done, know your application form, be ready to explain decisions..."

"There's a friendly and open culture. Everyone is very approachable from the senior..."

"The firm regularly hosts seminars and training on particular topics."

"The partners I have worked with are very engaged and invested in trainees' development...."

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

"Hours are mostly good, I have had occasional late nights but they've been the exception..."

"There are no bonuses for trainees. I think we could be paid better."

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

"The application process consists of a phone interview with HR and an assessment day..."

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

"The firm makes separating recyclable and non-recyclable waste really easy and also..."

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

"I have been given a lot of responsibility in both practice groups that I have worked..."

"As trainees we can use our annual corporate social responsibility day on a variety..."

"Good culture. People are smart, good at their jobs, and friendly. Hours better than..."

"Overseas secondments are available, but are not guaranteed."

"It has a strong art law practice, which is fairly rare for a firm of this size and..."

"They are generally very good but this may change as the firm expands its trainee..."

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

"Modern, collegial and commercially minded."

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

"Increase the number of extra-curricular and sporting events organised by the firm...."

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