Our teams of talented individuals work with energy and commitment to achieve our clients' goals.

About us


Stephenson Harwood is a law firm with over 1100 people worldwide, including more than 180 partners. Our people are committed to achieving the goals of our clients - listed and private companies, institutions and individuals.

We assemble teams of bright thinkers to match our clients' needs and give the right advice from the right person at the right time. Dedicating the highest calibre of legal talent to overcome the most complex issues, we deliver pragmatic, expert advice that is set squarely in the real world.

Our headquarters are in London, with 10 offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In addition we have forged close ties with other high quality law firms and an integrated local law capability in Singapore and the PRC. This diverse mix of expertise and culture results in a combination of deep local insight and the capability to provide a seamless international service.

Stephenson Harwood: an award winning firm

Key facts and figures






People worldwide



Top rankings for individuals



Offices worldwide



Of our people are based in Asia



Languages spoken by our staff



Countries in which our clients are based



Revenue growth in the last 5 years

Our work  

We assemble teams with the right expertise to meet our clients' needs and draw on the highest calibre of talent to overcome the most complex issues.

Particular areas of strength include:

  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate
  • Employment and pensions
  • Finance
  • Marine and international trade
  • Real estate

Our clients

We advise a wide range of listed and private companies, institutions and individuals. Our recent client survey demonstrated that clients value our pragmatic, commercial advice.

Our clients include the following:

  • Abellio
  • Acadia Healthcare
  • Bowmark Capital
  • BTG plc
  • China Development Bank
  • Circle Holdings plc
  • Duff & Phelps
  • DVB Bank
  • easyHotel
  • ENGIE        
  • Henderson Global Trust plc
  • Hotel Chocolat Group plc
  • Lavendon Group plc
  • Meggitt plc
  • Myanmar Investments International Limited
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Samuel Tak Lee
  • Schroder European Real Estate Investment Trust plc
  • Shield Therapeutics plc
  • Transportation Partners
  • Tristan Capital
  • TyraTech
  • Vietnam Enterprise Investments Limited
  • Woodford Investment Management LLP

You can find out more about the work we do for our clients by looking at the deals on the services and sectors pages.

Our values

Four deeply held values govern our behaviour and the quality of service we deliver for clients.

Encourage creativity and develop talent.

Be the best and deliver the highest standards.

Work together to build close, long-term relationships.

Straight talking
Say what you mean and do what you say.

Diversity and inclusion

We are committed to encouraging and maintaining a culture of inclusivity where everyone feels supported to meet his/her full potential as well as inspire people across diverse backgrounds to access the full range of opportunities available to them in a professional law firm.


Our approach

Creating a culture of inclusivity is at the core of our business strategy. We want to be a place where our people feel challenged, engaged and supported to fulfil their potential and perform at their best.


Widening access to the legal profession

We aim to attract and inspire the best people to the legal profession, developing and empowering people from all backgrounds and at all levels to use their initiative and make things happen. 


Inclusive career progression and work practices

We are committed to ensuring a consistent diversity mix through our career development programmes and networks.

Corporate social responsibility

Our corporate social responsibility programme aims to build a sustainable, responsible and diverse working environment which reflects our values and aspirations for the future. It reflects our commitment to excellence in corporate citizenship and is an important part of our firm's overall strategy.



Many of our people have volunteered to help at the Bromley by Bow Centre.

About charity


We are delighted to partner with the Whitechapel Mission as the firm's current charity of the year.


Pro bono

Our lawyers provide free legal advice to the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau.



We are committed to doing the best we can for the environment.


It's not just the quality of our legal advice that our clients rely on, it's how we work with our clients that helps us stand out from the crowd.

We have an innovation team, dedicated to improving the way that we deliver our services to clients and we believe that the most effective way to achieve this is through a consolidated approach of process, people and technology.

We run process improvement projects, based on lean six sigma principles, tailored for application in legal services, to ensure that our lawyers are focused on doing the right tasks in the right way.

The process work dovetails with our adaptable resourcing approach – including the use of paralegals, flexible pools of legally qualified resource, administrative staff and outsourced document production teams to ensure that the right level of skills and experience are deployed on the right tasks. We also make significant investments in technologies such as collaboration platforms, document automation, Artificial Intelligence and data analytics to ensure our clients and lawyers are supported by leading technology.

For more information about our innovation work, please contact Paul Orchard.

© Stephenson Harwood LLP 2016. Any reference to Stephenson Harwood in this document means Stephenson Harwood LLP and/or its affiliated undertakings. Any reference to a partner is used to refer to a member of Stephenson Harwood LLP.