Stephenson Harwood

7.9 /10
Opportunities Offered:
Insight / Vacation Scheme (< 4 Weeks)

About Stephenson Harwood

We have 10 offices worldwide, a variety of sectors to explore and unlimited opportunities for you to develop an incredible career. Here, you can expect to work in tight, focused teams alongside associates and partners, where you'll always be right at the heart of the action.

We’re dedicated to helping our clients achieve their objectives and we’re proud of the consistently impressive work we do in every practice area of our firm.
We pride ourselves on delivering ground-breaking deals across the globe. As one of our 20 trainees, you’ll be exposed to high-profile clients and cutting-edge projects. With offices in London and across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, our diverse mix of expertise and culture provides deep, local insight and the capability to provide a seamless international service to our clients.

The clients we work with are hugely varied. Whether they’re corporations, institutions or individuals, we assemble teams of bold thinkers to match our clients’ needs and ensure they receive the right advice, from the right person, at the right time. Our experience encompasses corporate, commercial litigation and arbitration, employment and pensions, finance, marine and international trade, and real estate.

We're committed to being the best and delivering the highest standard possible in everything we do.
That's why we encourage creativity and continuously develop our people, harnessing individual talent to create the most effective teams. Ours is a culture that clients feel the benefit of too, as we work together to forge strong and open relationships. In our experience, relationships based on candour, trust and ease in each other's company are the very best foundations on which to deliver and demonstrate great value on every piece of work.

Whilst it's no surprise that delivering pioneering, influential and complex £multi-million deals is extremely pressurised, we see no reason why performance and enjoyment at work can't go hand-in-hand. Our small trainee intake and open culture means you'll get to know your colleagues at all levels, work shoulder-to-shoulder with partners and have the opportunity to make a huge impact on the future of our progressive firm.

Placement Schemes

There’s no better way to experience the firm than on one of our placement schemes. Sample our culture and the way we work. You'll get a real feel for whether we’re the right firm for you.
Join our placement scheme in London and 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.

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.

Placement schemes are open to anyone in their penultimate year of a law degree or final year of study of a non-law degree. We also welcome applications from postgraduates and individuals who have pursued other careers before committing to the legal profession.

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 which means that you'll take part in a formal assessment day during your placement.

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Stephenson Harwood Latest Reviews

  • Student/Vacation Schemer

    I was given real work and felt like a trainee at the firm. My supervisor, buddy and other lawyers in the department all helped in preparing me for the assessment centre in the second week. ...


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  • Vacation scheme student

    Enjoyable and rewarding, I enjoyed the insight to a significant extent. I think if I was pressed for a single reason, it would be the culture of the firm. It is very rare to go an entire week as tir ...


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  • Vacation Scheme

    I have really enjoyed my time at the firm. Everyone in the department has been very welcoming and willing to talk to me about the legal profession and work at Stephenson Harwood. My favourite part of ...


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UCAS Points Required To Apply

2:1 (Two One)

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Awards and Commendations

[2015] RateMyPlacement Top 100