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.
Two years, four seats and as much responsibility as you can shoulder; that’s what we’ll offer you as one of our chosen 20 trainees.
At Stephenson Harwood you'll be exposed to top quality international work across a range of sectors, an environment that balances cutting-edge work with a respectful, friendly culture, the chance to prove yourself on a secondment and the opportunity to make a name for yourself from day one. We work in small teams, so every person is critical – that's why we'll expect you to give it your all every day.
What you'll be doing
Whatever practice you join, 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.
Although every seat is a different journey, each is designed to give you a broad balance of commercial awareness and practical legal experience, plus the flexibility to move between projects and pick up new skills. There will be plenty of challenges along the way, but also lots of support. At every stage you'll be coached and mentored by a partner or senior solicitor who'll give you regular feedback, advice and guidance on everything from your day-to-day responsibilities to your long-term career decisions.
Ours is not a one-size-fits-all approach. We'll recognise your individual needs and help you to tailor-make an ongoing training programme that's right for you. Regular development reviews, both formal and informal, will identify your strengths, pinpoint areas for improvement and give you the chance to discuss your post-qualification career objectives. At every stage, a dedicated partner will manage and guide your development. Ultimately, our people are our firm, so investing in your professional development is a priority. The better you perform, the better we will too.
What do we look for?
- Intellectual ability and the ability to quickly assimilate a wealth of information and identify the main issues is critical. That means an excellent academic record (ideally at least a 2:1) and you won't be afraid to question and challenge, or to put forward solutions and ideas that are meticulously thought through.
- Strong, productive relationships with colleagues as well as clients are vital to every area of our work and therefore interpersonal skills are paramount too. You need to be good at expressing yourself clearly and succinctly - both face-to-face and in writing - and you'll know how to tailor your message to your audience, build rapport and be persuasive.
- Ambitious, driven and inquisitive, you'll love a challenge and have the resilience needed to respond well to feedback. As someone who always keeps the end result firmly in mind and is enthusiastic even under pressure, you'll be able to show us you know how to get a job not just done, but done brilliantly – to the very best of your ability.
- We'll want you to have a keen interest in and an aptitude for business. We're known for sound commercial judgement so you'll need the potential to develop the same skill.
Expect a competitive salary from day one, a flexible package of benefits that you can tailor to your specific needs, and much more.
We'll offer you a salary of £43,000 in year one and £47,000 in year two. Our current NQ salary is £75,000.If you're still studying, we'll pick up the fees for your Graduate Diploma in Law and your Legal Practice Course at BPP London and offer maintenance awards of up to £6,000.
Here's a snapshot of the flexible benefits you can choose from:
- Childcare vouchers
- Critical illness cover
- Cycle2work loan
- Dental health scheme
- Employee assistance programme
- Eyecare vouchers
- Give as you earn
- Gym membership subsidy
- Health screening
- Holiday (purchase and sale)
- Information technology scheme
- Life assurance
- Private GP services
- Private medical insurance
- Retail vouchers
- Subsidised staff café
- Travel to work loan
- Wellbeing programme
Who can apply?
Training contracts 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're impressed by your application form, we'll ask you to complete our online 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.
We have implemented the RARE contextual recruitment system into our graduate selection process. By contextualising the performance of applicants, the tool aims to enable us to identify 'stand-out' candidates, regardless of background.