London, United Kingdom
Our unique perspective
Are you ready for a future from an exciting new perspective? As one of only 16 select trainees chosen to join Stephenson Harwood, you'll enjoy an up close and personal view of our law firm. From the start, you'll work alongside partners across a range of jurisdictions. Our trainees are listened to, encouraged, coached and stretched. They quickly become central to complex international deals and we make sure they have the tools they need to make an impact. It’s an exclusive proposition, and one you can be part of.
As far as the eye can see
We take on just 16 trainees. So we give them a lot of attention and expect them to play a large part from day one. If we choose you, it’s because we see qualities that make you a potential high-performing associate – possibly even a future partner.
We work in small teams too. So every role is critical. If you’re looking for early responsibility and the chance to progress on merit and personal initiative, you’re in the right place.
A two year view
Two years, four seats and as much responsibility as you can shoulder; that’s what we offer the 16 trainees we take on each year. Our training is not only structured and practical but highly personalised, you’ll be able to develop along a path that’s absolutely right for you.
Your training programme combines practical experience, legal education and soft skills training. Here’s what’s on offer:
A week’s intensive induction
Plus a comprehensive post-induction programme that continues in your first seat. As well as giving you an overview of the firm and how we work day-to-day, the initial induction will allow you to meet other new trainees and existing ones.
Each six months long, across any four of our corporate, commercial litigation, employment and pensions, finance, marine and international trade, and real estate practice groups – and we ask you to give us your top three choices so we can accommodate your preferences where possible. This will help you discover which area of law you want to practise in when you qualify.
An international seat
Trainees can also apply to gain experience overseas in either our Hong Kong, Singapore or Dubai office.
Stimulating, cutting-edge projects
Each seat offers you as much responsibility as you can shoulder. You could find yourself working on anything from a high-profile, multi-million pound financial litigation case to a groundbreaking M&A deal. You could even spend time at a client’s office, absorbing a totally different business culture first-hand.
On-the-job coaching and mentoring
You’ll share an office with a partner or senior solicitor who’ll give you regular feedback, advice and guidance on everything from your day-to-day role to your long- term career decisions.
A programme of legal education and soft skills training – which will see you complete the Professional Skills Course (PSC).
Because our intake is deliberately small, we can be flexible around your personal ambitions and work with you to create the career path that suits you best.
An open, friendly culture
Our open-door policy means you need never be shy of asking questions – someone will always be willing to help.
Monitoring of your career development both during your training contract and after qualification.