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Stephenson Harwood LLP

  • 20 vacancies
  • 40 trainees
  • 180 partners
  • 1100 staff

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Winter placement scheme: 9 December – 13 December 2019

Spring placement scheme: 30 March – 9 April 2020

Summer placement schemes: 15 June – 26 June 2020; 29 June – 10 July 2020; 13 July – 24 July 2020

Open days: 15 January 2020; 12 February 2020; 18 March 2020; 22 April 2020

Training contract: March/September 2022

Apply online at www.shlegal–

If we're impressed by your application form, we'll ask you to complete our critical reasoning test and invite you to a face-to-face interview. Do well and we'll ask you to take part in an assessment day. If we offer you a place on our placement scheme after the face-to-face interview, we'll automatically consider you for a training contract. This means that you'll take part in a formal assessment day during your placement.

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Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • HR-led interview
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Psychometric testing
  • Written exercise

Stephenson Harwood is a full-service international law firm, with over 180 partners and over 1,100 staff worldwide. We act for a wide range of listed and private companies, institutions and successful entrepreneurs.


We have ten offices across Europe and Asia: Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Myanmar, 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.

Areas of work

Commercial litigation; corporate; employment and pensions; finance; marine and international trade; and real estate.

Who should apply

Firstly we look for a quick intellect. As well as at least a 2.1 in any subject area plus 320 UCAS points or equivalent, you'll need strong analytical skills, sound judgment, imagination and meticulous attention to detail. Also vital are the communication skills to be persuasive and build rapport, plenty of drive and determination, plus a keen interest in business.

To find out what it is like to work at Stephenson Harwood LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.

Placement schemes in our international law firm

Here at Stephenson Harwood, we pride ourselves on delivering ground-breaking deals across the globe. Whilst it’s no surprise that delivering pioneering, hugely influential and incredibly complex multi-million pound deals is extremely pressurised, what makes Stephenson Harwood different is the open, friendly and honest culture in which we deliver them. Joining us on a placement scheme is the perfect way to sample our culture and the way we work, so you can get a real feel for whether we’re the right firm for you.

Our placement schemes will give you a taste of life at Stephenson Harwood. We’ll make sure you’re involved in quality work and will try to help you experience the 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 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 the graduate recruitment team to find out why law and Stephenson Harwood are such attractive career options. What’s more, we’ll pay you £370 a week.

The deadline for applications for the winter placement scheme: 11 November 2019.

The deadline for applications for the spring and summer placement schemes: 31 January 2020.

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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.

We’re driven, ambitious, inquisitive and dedicated to always doing our best, so naturally, we’ll expect the same from you.

Have you got what it takes?

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Outside of the office

At Stephenson Harwood we aim to strike a balance between work and life outside of work. During the course of our work we enjoy taking the opportunity to entertain our clients and develop our relationships with them in a variety of settings. We're also active outside of work, and we enjoy subsidised gym membership and firm-wide activities such as cricket, golf, football, netball, hockey, tag rugby, yoga, fun runs and many more.

We also receive concessions to more than 200 galleries and museums, and privilege seats for concerts at the Royal Albert Hall..


Benefits include subsidised membership of heath clubs, private health insurance, pension, dental health scheme, private GP services, critical illness cover, health screening, life assurance, season ticket loan, subsidised cafe and 25 days paid holiday per year.


We offer an excellent salary and benefits package. Your starting salary would be £43,000, rising to £47,000 after one year, and to £75,000 at qualification.

Fees paid for the GDL and LPC, at BPP law school in London and maintenance awards of up to £6,000 (if still studying).

  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate
  • Employment & pensions
  • Finance
  • Marine
  • International trade
  • Real estate
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

1 Finsbury Circus, London, EC2M 7SH
Phone: 020 7809 2812
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 40
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree
Start salary: £43,000
Sponsorship: GDL/LPC plus maintenance
Turnover: £213,000,000 (2018)
Profit per partner: £727,000 (2018)
Starting salary: £43,000
Training contract applications: 1,302 (2019)
Retention rate: 95% (2019)
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Consultancies
  • Energy companies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • Paris
  • Seoul
  • Singapore
  • Beijing
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Myanmar
  • Paris
  • Piraeus
  • Seoul
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • Whitechapel Mission
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Bright Network
  • City Horizons
  • City Solicitors Horizons
  • Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • LGBT Leaders
  • Pathways to Law
  • Pure Potential
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
  • Stonewall
  • Whizz Kidz