Take a seat in our Hong Kong office and you could be working with Chinese, Korean and Japanese clients, really developing your international awareness.
“The Hong Kong secondment is an exciting opportunity to take on greater responsibility and more direct client contact. I’ve been able to appreciate the international work the firm undertakes and, by working in conjunction with the London corporate team on a number of different deals, see how our overseas offices work together. In addition to being a great base for travelling around Asia, there’s so much to do in Hong Kong itself, be it a weekend hike or boat trip to an outlying island.”
“Stephenson Harwood truly is a global firm with global opportunities. From day one in the Hong Kong office, I was working on innovative cross-jurisdictional transactions. Hong Kong is a vibrant and exciting place to be. The work is fast-paced and interesting and the lifestyle is fun. Hong Kong isn’t only an interesting city to explore, it is a subtropical archipelago made up of over 200 islands and outlets so you can easily spend your weekends hiking, water-skiing or relaxing on the beach.”
“I’d had my heart set on secondment to the Hong Kong office ever since I started my training contract, so it was great to finally make it out there. While I wouldn’t say our working cultures are actually all that different, it certainly gave me a greater appreciation of the firm’s international dimension. The one thing that really surprised me was just how much there is to Hong Kong. It’s not just skyscrapers. Away from Hong Kong island, if you head to Kowloon and the outlying islands, there are lots of beautiful beaches and country parks to explore."
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!
The firm is big enough to get great exposure to important clients, but small enough to make you feel valued.
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.
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.
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.
The sports teams at Stephenson Harwood are a great way to meet colleagues from different practice groups and different roles at the firm.
Trainees are encouraged to see themselves as the future leaders of the firm.