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Stephenson Harwood is a law firm of over 1000 people worldwide, including more than 170 partners. Our people are committed to achieving the goals of our clients – listed and private companies, institutions and individuals. We assemble teams of bright thinkers to match our clients’ needs and give the right advice from the right person at the right time. Dedicating the highest calibre of legal talent to overcome the most complex issues, we deliver pragmatic, expert advice that is set squarely in the real world. Our headquarters are in London, with ten offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In addition we have forged close ties with other high quality law firms. This diverse mix of expertise and culture results in a combination of deep local insight and the capability to provide a seamless international service.

 

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Statistics and facts

Firm type
  • International
  • City
Practice Areas
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Property
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Banking & Finance
  • Employment & Pensions
  • Energy
  • Infastructure
  • Competition & EU
  • Insolvency
  • IP
  • Tax
Head quartersLondon
Number of Offices10
Office Locations - Overview
  • International
Location of Major UK Offices
  • London
Location of Major International Offices
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • China
No of Partners170
No of Lawyers400
Average Trainee Salary£41,000 - £45,000
NQ Salary£73,000
Managing PartnerSharon White

Training Contracts

Here at Stephenson Harwood, we take on just 20 trainees per year. Join us and not only will you be a valued member of our diverse, global team, you’ll have a real opportunity to make your mark on the future of our firm. There’s a lot to look forward to as a trainee at Stephenson Harwood: top quality global work across a range of sectors, an environment that balances cutting edge work with a respectful, friendly culture, and the chance to prove yourself on an international secondment. We work in small teams, so every person is critical – that’s why we’ll expect you to work to the best of your ability every day.

Our training is not only structured and practical but highly personalised, so you’ll have everything you need to develop along a career path that’s absolutely right for you. Following a week’s intensive induction and a comprehensive post induction programme you’ll complete four seats – each six months long – across different practice areas. We ask for your preferred choices so we can accommodate them wherever possible.

Whatever the practice, you can expect extensive exposure to our clients and stimulating, cutting edge projects. You could find yourself working on anything from a high-profile £multi-million financial litigation case to a ground breaking M&A deal. You could even spend time on secondment at a client’s office, absorbing a totally different business culture first-hand. We also encourage our trainees to apply to gain experience overseas in our Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Dubai or Paris offices.

 

No of Trainees / Yr20
Average Retention Rates90%
Location
  • London
  • Dubai and Hong Kong
Degree class2.1
A levelsABB
Sponsorship - LPCYes
Sponsorship - GDLYes
Sponsorship - AllowanceYes
Sponsorship - CommentsMaintenance grant of £6,000 per annum.
LPC / GDL Provider
  • BPP
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • Graduate Recruitment Interview
  • Partner Interview
  • Written Exercise
  • Case Study Interview
  • Online Critical Reasoning Test
Vacation Scheme Requirement?
  • No (not a requirement of TC application)
Number of Seats4
Overseas SeatsYou could spend time on secondment at a client’s office or do an international seat in our Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Dubai or Paris offices.

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Vacation Schemes

Our winter, spring and summer placement schemes will give you a real taste of life at the firm. We’ll make sure you’re involved in quality work and will try to help you experience any areas of law you’re particularly interested in. Typically you’ll spend one or two weeks in our offices, sitting with qualified lawyers and tackling some case work. You’ll also benefit from an organised programme of interactive sessions, talks and social events.

On your first day, we’ll assign you a buddy – a current trainee who’ll help you settle in, answer your questions and give you an honest overview of what it’s like to work for us.

A placement gives you a great opportunity to talk informally to existing trainees, lawyers, partners and support teams to find out just why the law and Stephenson Harwood are such attractive career options. What’s more, we’ll pay you £370 a week.

 

No of Vacation Schemes / yr5
Location
  • London
Degree class2.1
A levelsABB
Training Contract Interview included?Yes
Training Contract Interview included? Additional commentsYou will take part in an assessment centre during your placement scheme.
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • Graduate Recruitment Interview
  • Partner Interview
  • Written Exercise
  • Case Study Interview.
  • Online Critical Reasoning Test

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Open Days

Come along to an open day in January, February, March or April and get a good feel for what a career at a mid-sized international law firm is really like. You’ll meet partners, associates and trainees as well as the graduate recruitment team. We’ll outline what to expect as a trainee and explain the type of work we do. You’ll also take away helpful information about our training contract plus answers to all your questions and the confidence to make the right career decisions.

 

Number of Open Days4
Location
  • London
Degree classPredicted a 2.1
A levelsABB
Assessment Process
  • Application Form

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Apprenticeships

Our paralegal apprenticeship offers a great opportunity to kick start your career in the legal profession. We’ll provide you with exciting opportunities to work on deals with international clients and you will also study towards a Level 3 Paralegal Apprenticeship Standard. For the academic side of the scheme you will gain lots of useful knowledge relating to the structure of the law which you will be able to use in your everyday work. BPP Law School will teach the course through a combination of online and face-to-face learning and you will have one day a week to dictate entirely to your studies. You will spend the rest of the week as part of a team of paralegals; you can expect to be helping our lawyers with a variety of tasks. It will be a challenge but we will provide you with lots of support with a dedicated supervisor and buddy/mentor and lots of opportunities for training and development.

No of Apprenticeships2
Location
  • London
GCSEs8 GCSE grades A*-C (including English and Mathematics, or equivalent)
A Levels3 A-level grades totalling 112 UCAS points (BBC)
Assessment Process
  • Application Form
  • Telephone Interview
  • Partner Interview
  • Written Exercise
Partner Law School
  • BPP

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Diversity Opportunities

Bright Sparks work experience programme

Bright Sparks provides an insightful opportunity to gain work experience and be mentored through the business of the legal world. It is suitable for those who want to pursue a career in law, but also provides valuable experience for those interested in human resources, IT, marketing & business development, and accounts.

What you’ll be doing

During your time with us, you can expect to take part in a variety of workshops, a 1:1 CV clinic and a mock interview – all of which will help you develop your skills and take ownership of your future.

You’ll also take part in a group project during your time with us, working together with other students on the Bright Sparks work experience programme.

You’ll be finding out what you do well and learn what you can do better whilst boosting your CV and career prospects.

Lunches will be provided and reasonable travel expenses will be paid.

What we look for

We’re looking for enthusiastic and open-minded students to join our Bright Sparks programme. Students who want to get stuck in and try new things. To be eligible, students also need to meet the following criteria:

  • Attend a state (non-fee paying) school;
  • Are school age students in year 12;
  • Are eligible to work in the UK; and
  • Are or have been eligible for free school meals (or where this information is difficult or sensitive to obtain, the participant attends a school that is significantly above the regional average in terms of number of students eligible for free school meals); or
  • Would be of the first generation in their immediate family to attend university
No of Opportunities10
Aimed as those:
  • At a Non Fee Paying School
  • Eligible for Free School Meals
  • In year 12 to year 13 (England and Wales)
  • In Lower/Upper Sixth (Northern Ireland)
Location
  • London
Assessment Process
  • Application Form

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