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.
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Stephenson Harwood



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.

Our wellbeing strategy for partners and employees focuses on preventative measures to maintain our overall health, and tools and support for when we experience physical or mental difficulties. The strategy focuses on four pillars: physical, emotional, financial and social aspects.

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 Katherine Wenbourne, Chief People and Talent Officer, on 020 7809 2419 or click here to send through your CV.

Elena Tang

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. 

As part of our new strategy, we have identified five areas of focus in which to grow our business, these are: decarbonisation, life sciences, private capital & funds, technology and transportation & trade. We welcome hearing from talented lawyers who can bring the skills and depth of commercial expertise that our clients expect and will help us to achieve our ambitious plans.

Find out more about our opportunities for qualified lawyers

Suraj Saggar

Future talent

We do everything we can to make sure the future talent joining our firm is world class.

Our people are listened to, encouraged, coached and stretched. They quickly become central to complex international deals and we make sure they have the tools they need to make an impact.

We have a range of opportunities for graduates and school-age students including training contracts, apprenticeships, placement schemes, work experience and open days. We offer opportunities across our international offices. 

Find out more about our opportunities for future talent


Business services

We value our business services 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.

Find out more about our opportunities for business services

An international career

Our headquarters are in London, with eight 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.

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."

Wenbourne_Katherine_WEB   Katherine Wenbourne
   Chief people and talent officer 


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.

Our people, their stories: introducing the firm's newly promoted partners

Watch this film to meet six newly promoted partners: Estella Bogira, Johnny Champion, Charlotte Drake, Oliver Sangster, Matthew Seah and Teresa Tsoi.

If you've ever wondered what makes a good law firm partner, or what makes Stephenson Harwood special for our people, you'll find out below.

You'll also hear about how the firm has supported these new partners along the road to partnership, the best advice they've been given, and what they would say to their 21-year-old self.

Belonging, inclusion and diversity

We know that our people are our biggest asset. We want Stephenson Harwood to be a place where you can do your best work in a team that values who you are and the unique perspectives and contributions that you bring. That is how we unlock our entrepreneurial spirit.

Applying with a disability

We want to ensure that you can shine during our selection process. If you have a disability, a medical condition or individual need that might affect your performance at any stage in our recruitment process, please let us know. We are happy to discuss adjustments so that you can perform at your best.

Some examples we can accommodate include, but are not limited to, providing the application form in a different format, additional time in time-based exercises, virtual or in-person interviews, or a telephone conversation to discuss the recruitment process.


Click here to find out more about belonging, inclusion and diversity at the firm.

We are proud to partner with the following organisations to ensure our recruitment processes are inclusive to all candidates.

Business Disability Forum  Disability Confident Leader Race at Work Charter 

Race Fairness Commitment  Reignite Academy  Stonewall 

Top 75 employer for Social Mobility Valuable 500  Working Families Member


Considering joining us? 
Please do let us know if you have any questions we can help with. Please contact Cara Taylor for questions about future talent, or Lawson Ogunnowo with questions about opportunities in our practice groups or business service departments. 


Cara Taylor

Future talent assistant

T:+44 207 809 2323

Email Cara

Lawson Ogunnowo

Lawson Ogunnowo

Talent acquisition adviser

T: +44 20 7809 2711

Email Lawson

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