Two years, four seats and as much responsibility as you can shoulder; that’s what we offer the 20 trainees we take on each year. And because our training is not only structured and practical but highly personalised, you’ll be able to develop along a path that’s absolutely right for you.
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 you’re all every day.
Whatever the practice, expect stimulating, cutting-edge projects. You could find yourself working on anything from a high-profile, multi-million 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. Trainees can also apply to gain experience overseas in our Dubai, Paris, Hong Kong, Seoul or Singapore offices.
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 to pick up new skills. There will be plenty of challenges, but also loads 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 role 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.
We want you to feel valued so 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. We offer a range of flexible benefits, these include; child care vouchers, critical illness cover, cycle2work loan, dental health scheme, give as you earn (GAYE), online gym membership, 25 days' paid holiday a year, private health insurance and screening, life assurance, pension, private GP services, retail vouchers, subsidised café, and a travel to work loan.
What we look for
Firstly we look for a quick intellect. As well as at least a 2:1 in any degree subject area, plus 320 UCAS points (128 points in the new tariff) 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.