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Spring placement scheme: 27 March – 7 April 2023
Summer placement schemes: (1) 12 June – 23 June 2023 (2) 26 June – 7 July 2022 (3) 10 July – 21 July 2022
Virtual open days: 23 November 2022; 7 December 2022
In-house open days: 18 January 2023; 15 March 2023
Training contract: March/September 2025
Apply online at www.shlegal-futuretalent.com.
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 a written case study and then an assessment day. If we offer you a place on our placement scheme, 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 applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- HR-led interview
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Video interview
- Written exercise
Stephenson Harwood is a full-service international law firm, with over 190 partners and over 1,200 staff worldwide. We act for a wide range of listed and private companies, institutions and successful entrepreneurs.
We have seven offices across Europe and Asia: Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Piraeus, Seoul 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, pensions and private wealth; finance; marine and international trade; and real estate and projects.
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 £390 a week.
The deadline for applications for the spring and summer placement schemes: 31 January 2023.
Apply online at: www.shlegal-futuretalent.com.
Here at Stephenson Harwood, we take on just 26 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, multimillion pound 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 or Dubai 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?
Apply online at: www.shlegal-futuretalent.com
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 £46,000, rising to £51,000 after one year, and to £90,000 at qualification.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority has announced that it would be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) as a mandatory route to qualification for all future solicitors from 2021. Whilst our preference for those who are successful in applying for a training contract commencing in March or September 2024 is to proceed with the new route to qualification through the SQE, we would be happy to consider individual circumstances for those looking to qualify under the transitionary arrangements.
Our vision is to be known as an inclusive and diverse firm, where all our people feel they can be themselves and thrive at work.
Our people are our biggest asset. We want Stephenson Harwood to be a place where colleagues can do their best work in a team that values the unique contributions that they bring. That is how we unlock our entrepreneurial spirit.
We partner with a range of organisations who help us to create an inclusive workplace. Our partner organisations include Stonewall, The Business Disability Forum, The Valuable 500, Aspiring Solicitors, Rare Recruitment and many more.
We are committed to ensuring that our recruitment processes are barrier-free and as inclusive as possible to everyone. This includes making adjustments for people who have a disability or long-term condition. If you would like us to do anything differently during the application process, please do get in touch via email or telephone.
Fees paid for the SQE preparations and assessments and maintenance awards of up to £12,000 (if still studying).
- Commercial litigation
- private wealth
- Marine & international trade
- Real estate & projects
- Corporate & Commercial
Aviation lawyers provide commercial, regulatory and insurance advice and litigation services to the world's airlines, manufacturers and financiers.
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Sponsored by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Sponsored by Shakespeare Martineau LLP. The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
The life sciences sector combines a range of legal practice areas, demanding expert advice from lawyers with detailed knowledge of the relevant trends and innovations in areas including food, healthcare, MedTech, veterinary and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Outsourcing has grown increasingly more prevalent in the public and private sectors since it emerged in the 1980s.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
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Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Sponsored by HFW. Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
|Profit per partner:||£727,000 (2018)|
|Training contract applications:||1,475 (2022)|
|Retention rate:||90% (2021)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
- Hong Kong
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau
- TrustLaw Connect
- Whitechapel Mission
- Aspiring Solicitors
- Black Lawyers Matter
- Breaking Barriers
- Bright Network
- Business Disability Forum
- Disability Confident Leader
- InterLaw Diversity Forum
- Law Society Diversity Access Scheme
- Legal Apprenticeships
- LGBT Leaders
- MyPlus Consulting
- Pathways to Law
- Pure Potential
- Rare Recruitment
- Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
- The Valuable 500
- Whizz Kidz