Take a seat in our Seoul office and you could be developing your legal skills and international awareness in our newest office. We have invested a lot of time and effort in developing our legal practice in Korea and have had the privilege of representing Korean global corporates, international banks, insurance companies, shipping and shipbuilding and trading companies as well as international insurance companies who underwrite Korean business.
"Being offered a secondment to Seoul presented an unmissable opportunity to explore a country bursting with culture and to become immersed in a very different legal environment. With Korea gradually opening its doors to the wider legal market, working in the Seoul office has given me some invaluable insight into 'front-line' legal work. Being a member of a much smaller office meant even more responsibility as a trainee and a chance to rapidly gain confidence in my abilities at an early stage of my career."
"Aside from the bright lights of the Far East and the culinary delight that is Kimchee, the secondment to Seoul particularly appealed to me as it presents a great opportunity to see first-hand the expansion of a new office. With South Korea becoming a region of increasing importance in the shipping industry as it continues to dominate shipbuilding and technological markets, it is a very exciting time to work there. I was also drawn to the chance to work as part of a much smaller team and take on the added responsibility which comes with it."
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.