Join a firm that's ambitious, growing and delivering on groundbreaking work. Expect a flexible, diverse working environment where your long-term career growth is assured.


We build our business by enabling high performance and progression. Whatever your role, we give you the support, management and development you need to achieve your full potential.
  • Career development
  • Partners
  • Qualified lawyers
  • Trainees
  • Business support

Graduates and trainees


About Stephenson Harwood


Career development

Our firm is made up of teams of talented individuals. That’s why we offer dedicated training and on-the-job learning opportunities for all the individuals and teams at Stephenson Harwood.

We provide everyone with structured career development, with award-winning programmes for associates and partners and workshops for PAs and support staff. We also offer one-to-one training and coaching, team development and core legal education programmes.

The needs of our clients, people and firm are constantly changing. So we are always evaluating, refreshing and expanding our development options to match, and to give everyone high quality, practical, tailored development.



We believe in growing our business in a number of ways. As well as focussing on developing our own people and ensuring a clear career path we also recognise the additional skills and relationships which lateral hire partners can bring to the firm.

Whether to further deepen existing areas of strength or to bring a new specialism to the firm we regularly meet informally with lateral candidates. We have considerable experience in lateral hiring and feel that we know what makes for a successful hire – whether that’s our cards on the table approach or our focus on integration post hire. Either way our retention rates for our lateral joiners are exceptional.

If you are a senior lawyer with a strong portfolio of clients and looking to join a firm that is experiencing consistently strong growth, please contact us in confidence to talk through a move to Stephenson Harwood.

Call Director of HR and Training Jeff Marlow on 0207 809 2825 or click here to send through your CV.

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Qualified lawyers

Wherever you are in the world, and whatever stage in your career you are at, you get comprehensive training and development at Stephenson Harwood.

The outcomes of this are:

  • Everyone progresses on merit and can take advantage of high quality development during each career stage and role
  • Whatever skills you want to develop, continuous learning and development are open to you
  • You benefit from the transfer of legal and related skills, expertise and knowhow across the firm and firms we associate with
  • You can achieve high performance and excellence in technical and business skills
  • As a firm, we deliver the highest levels of quality and service for our clients

Commercial, practical, technical and non-technical skills are all part of your development. There are other learning opportunities too, such as secondments, a high potential programme and other specialist schemes, all of which are closely linked to your day job.

Partners and other internal and external experts are involved at every stage, providing a bespoke and high quality offer that enables you to develop in the direction you want to go.



You can start your legal career with us as a trainee solicitor in London, Dubai or Hong Kong:

You can train to become qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales at our London office, whilst also taking advantage of one of our international secondments.

You can become qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales based primarily in our Dubai office. During the course of the training contract you will spend time in our London office.

You can train to become a Hong Kong qualified lawyer at our Hong Kong office, including the opportunity to spend one of your seats in our London office. 

See London opportunities

See Dubai opportunities

See Hong Kong opportunities


Business support

We value our business support staff, as an important and integral part of our business. If you join the team, we will invest in your management and development.

Whether you are on the secretarial or business services support team, you will benefit from a variety of training sessions and other support so that you can continue to develop and consolidate your particular area of expertise.

As well as inductions, technical training and annual appraisals, you will be included in skills programmes, which cover business, management and advisory skills.


Click here to view our current vacancies in London.

Our international vacancies

To send us your CV on a speculative basis please contact the HR recruitment team.

An international career

Our headquarters are in London, with 10 offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. With over 25% of our people based outside the UK, there are plenty of opportunities overseas. Associates from all our offices can benefit from international secondments or attendance on one of our international development programmes. 


To celebrate our great talent, both past and present, we have established our alumni programme. Through this programme we aim to build on those relationships formed while at Stephenson Harwood, whatever you are doing, wherever you are now or however long ago you worked in our offices. Our value of teamwork applies to our relationship with clients, as well as to all former employees who have helped Stephenson Harwood to become what it is today.

By registering with our alumni programme you can reconnect with friends, former colleagues, and fellow alumni, as well as stay in touch with firm news and events.

Please complete our online form to be added to our alumni database.

Mark Catchpole

"Whether you are working at another law firm, in-house or looking to return to work, please do get in contact to re-connect with the firm".
Mark Catchpole
Alumni partner and head of employment and pensions

Employer brand values

"As a firm with ambitious growth plans, we want to continue to attract the best possible people. To achieve this it is critical that our employer brand reflects what we offer.

We now have a brand which much better reflects us as an employer and the opportunities we offer the people who choose to join us.

Our starting point was hearing from some of our existing employees. It was particularly pleasing that they confirmed that what we offer is something unusual in the market - a balance between challenging opportunities, quality work, clients and colleagues and an entrepreneurial environment all within a firm which recognises that people have to be at the heart of our business."

Jeff MarlowJeff Marlow
Director of human resources and learning and people development

Where ambition thrives, potential is developed and talent is rewarded.

You have the freedom to be yourself. You are encouraged to apply creative thinking to the challenges facing the firm and its clients.

You are part of a team of high calibre individuals. You are challenged with high quality, demanding work and get the support you need to succeed.

A firm of friendly, talented, straightforward people who value one another. An environment where everyone enjoys working together.

An ambitious and growing firm, that gives you real opportunities to grow with it. You work hard and get the support to achieve your full potential.

Diversity and inclusion

We encourage and maintain a culture of inclusivity where everyone feels supported in meeting his or her full potential. We inspire people from diverse backgrounds to take advantage of the many opportunities available in an international law firm.

"It is incumbent on us to reflect the diversity of our clients and of wider society. This can only be achieved by equality of opportunity and by encouraging a culture of inclusivity."
Sue Millar, partner in commercial litigation

"I found the mentoring sessions particularly beneficial as they encouraged me to reflect on what I want to achieve and assisted me in thinking through how I want to achieve those aims.”
Female career progression programme participant


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Considering joining us? 
Please do let us know if you have any questions we can help with. Please contact Jennifer Mitchell or Jodie Clarke with questions about opportunities in our practice groups or business services departments.

Jennifer Mitchell

Jennifer Mitchell

Resourcing adviser

T: +44 20 7809 2504

Email Jennifer

Jodie Clarke

Jodie Clarke

Resourcing assistant

T: +44 20 7809 2978

Email Jodie

© 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.