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About London

We focus on developing a deep understanding of our clients' businesses and the sectors in which they operate. We provide targeted legal advice quickly and efficiently to meet our clients' business and personal needs.

Our London office boasts some of the City's leading lawyers. The challenging and exciting nature of our work enables us to attract some of the brightest talent in the legal profession, across a range of specialist areas.

Our clients benefit from this great strength in depth because we can deploy the right people with the right level of expertise at the right time.

"I was attracted to Stephenson Harwood because of the high calibre of work that the firm is involved in and by the small intake of trainees which means you are afforded a higher level of responsibility from day one."

Manon Sel, trainee solicitor

Major practices

Commercial litigation and arbitration

Our award-winning team advises on many of the most complex and high-profile commercial litigation cases. For example, we have been involved in providing anti-counterfeiting advice to luxury brands and helping trace up to US$70 billion of assets misappropriated by a former regime in Egypt.

The high calibre nature of our cases means that we regularly feature in The Lawyer magazine's 'Top 20 cases of the year'.


Focused on deals that range from £50 million to £500 million in value, our corporate finance team is known for outstanding commercial thinking. Our track record is particularly strong in energy and resources, financial services, pharmaceuticals, real estate and transportation. We advise on a wide range of matters, from mergers and acquisitions to joint ventures, equity capital markets, private equity venture capital and takeovers.

Deals in the past year have included: advising long-standing client Acadia Healthcare on its £1.5 billion acquisition of Priory Group, and acting for Woodford Investment Management LLP on the largest ever investment trust IPO, raising £800 million upon launch.

Employment and pensions

We are an international employment practice of highly regarded employment law specialists. Our expertise and cross-industry experience enables us to deliver innovative solutions to meet our clients' needs. For over 30 years we have provided an integrated legal and support function to our clients. Our pensions expertise also stretches across the firm and we have dedicated specialists to assist with all pensions-related issues.

The employment team is ranked by the leading legal directories in the 'elite' category for employment law advice when acting for employers.


We're one of the very few international firms that field market-leading asset finance teams in all three key transportation sectors – aviation, rail and shipping. Our clients include many of the leading organisations in the global transportation sector including almost every major transportation finance bank, leading lessors and aviation, rail and shipping companies.

We recently advised HI Investment & Securities Co. Ltd on the financing of US$209 million Emirates aircrafts. This represented the fifth Korean focused deal completed by our Singapore aviation and structured finance team, further strengthening its reputation in the Korean market.

Marine and international trade

Our world-leading marine law practice offers a breadth of services to clients in the shipping, offshore and commodity sectors. Our practice is international and is serviced by specialist lawyers based in key shipping and trade hubs worldwide. We deliver market-leading maritime expertise to a truly international clientele, including many of the world's largest ship-owners, shipyards, major ship finance banks, marine insurers and IG P&I clubs, energy services companies, oil and gas businesses and commodities traders.

We acted for Mercuria in the successful defence of a headline-making US$270 million claim – relating to commodity 'repo' deals affected by a major metals warehousing fraud in China.

Real estate

We've been behind some of the UK and Europe's biggest real estate deals. Regularly advising leading international developers, investors, financiers and individuals, we guide our clients on everything from investment acquisitions and disposals to development projects and environmental issues.

We have recently advised on a string of high-profile deals including the redevelopment of Sea Containers' House on London's Southbank, the redevelopment of the Natwest Tower in Birmingham and a number of major retail acquisitions in the UK, Italy and France.


Amir Mahdavi, trainee solicitor

Law, Queen Mary University


Paulina Corbetis, trainee solicitor

Law, Cambridge University


Manon Sel, trainee solicitor

International Development and European Politics, Leeds University


Geon Sik Kang, trainee solicitor

Law, London School of Economics

Inside story

Technical training, diverse work and an international client base

by Nicholas Morgan, trainee solicitor


To get a better idea of what life is like at our firm, come along to one of our upcoming events.

19 Oct 2017

University of Cambridge, law fair

University of Cambridge

23 Oct 2017

University of Nottingham, law fair

University of Nottingham

25 Oct 2017

Kings College London, law fair

Kings College London

01 Nov 2017

University of Bristol, law fair

University of Bristol

04 Nov 2017

University of Oxford, law fair

University of Oxford

10 Nov 2017

University of Exeter, skills session

University of Exeter

11 Nov 2017

University College London, law fair

University College London

14 Nov 2017

University of Manchester, law fair

University of Manchester

15 Nov 2017

University of Exeter, law fair

University of Exeter

15 Nov 2017

University of Southampton, law fair

University of Southampton

21 Nov 2017

University of Durham, law fair

University of Durham

29 Nov 2017

London Law Fair

The Law Society, London