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  1. About Stephenson Harwood

    Stephenson Harwood LLP is a full service international law firm, with over 150 partners and 900 staff worldwide. We act for a wide range of listed and private companies, institutions and individuals.

    We have nine offices across Europe and Asia: Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Piraeus, Seoul, Shanghai and Singapore. Through our network of offices and strong local law firm relationships, we offer clients commercially-focused legal advice across the globe.

    Specialties

    Aviation, Commercial, Corporate, Employment and pensions, Energy, Finance, Funds, Intellectual property, Litigation and arbitration, Marine and international trade, Private wealth, Projects, Rail, Real estate, Regulation, Restructuring and insolvency, Tax.

  2. Our unique perspective

    Are you ready for a future from an exciting new perspective? As one of only 18 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.

  3. Opportunities - As far as the eye can see

    We take on just 18 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.

  4. Training contracts - A two year view

    Two years, four seats and as much responsibility as you can shoulder; that’s what we offer the 18 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.

    Four seats
    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, Seoul, 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.

    Off-the-job training
    A programme of legal education and soft skills training – which will see you complete the Professional Skills Course (PSC).

    Flexibility
    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.

    Continuous review
    Monitoring of your career development both during your training contract and after qualification.

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