About us

Set your sights on the opportunities

Join a firm that’s ambitious, growing and delivering ground-breaking international deals. For our size, our global reach and client base are exceptional. That’s why with us 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.

We offer breadth and depth of expertise

Many of our clients rely on us for legal support across all their business activities. We’re particularly strong in five key areas where we have the scale, track record and reputation to match anyone:

  • asset finance

  • commercial litigation and arbitration

  • corporate finance

  • marine and international trade

  • real estate

We come up with practical solutions

We think commercially, understand our clients’ businesses and ask the right searching questions. We draw on a huge range of experience for a huge variety of clients to come up with creative ways to solve their problems.

We have international know-how

Some 60% of our clients are international and we regularly advise on multi-jurisdictional transactions and disputes. With over 25% of our people based in China, Dubai, Singapore and Seoul, we’re especially well placed to work with our clients across Asia and the Middle East.

We build relationships, not a list of conquests

We invest time and energy in really getting to know our clients – a wide range of listed and private companies, institutions and individuals. As we also work in small, focused, partner-led teams and don’t rotate people as a matter of course, our clients get to know us too.

We are consistently excellent

We have a pedigree of winning awards – most recently being recognised as 'rail finance firm of the year' at the Global Transport Finance Awards; as well as being given the accolade of 'regulation litigation team of the year' and 'deal of the year' at the Operational Risk & Regulation Awards.

We deliver value for money

We manage work efficiently and cost-effectively by allocating the right people with the right level of experience at the right time. In fact, we think that the size and mix of our teams is the biggest factor in delivering value for money. In many other firms there are more associates per partner. At Stephenson Harwood, we believe in more partner input.

    Roxanne Chambers
    I wanted to work for a firm that had an international presence, diverse practice areas, a small, close-knit trainee intake and a non-hierarchical culture. I got all that with Stephenson Harwood!
    Roxanne Chambers
    University of Sussex
    Edward Irving
    The firm is big enough to get great exposure to important clients, but small enough to make you feel valued.
    Edward Irving
    Durham University
    Hyunwu Kang
    Supervisors are always very good at providing you with a context within which to frame your thinking for a task. This really helps you to focus on understanding the bigger picture.
    Hyunwu Kang
    University of Leicester
    Fiona Mills
    It is definitely a firm where you are given a lot of responsibility as a trainee. You are encouraged to ask lots of questions if you are unsure so that you learn a lot very quickly.
    Fiona Mills
    University of Leeds
    Gautham Chandrakumar
    I have received on-the-job training through consistent partner supervision. I have been entrusted with high levels of responsibility throughout my training contract which has enabled me to develop at a much quicker pace.
    Gautham Chandrakumar
    King’s College London
    Alison Kenney
    The sports teams at Stephenson Harwood are a great way to meet colleagues from different practice groups and different roles at the firm.
    Alison Kenney
    University of Leeds
    Madeleine Alexander-Finch
    Trainees are encouraged to see themselves as the future leaders of the firm.
    Madeleine Alexander-Finch
    University of Exeter