Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood is a law firm with over 900 people worldwide, including more than 150 partners. Our people are committed to achieving the goals of our clients - listed and private companies, institutions and individuals.

We assemble teams of bright thinkers to match our clients' needs and give the right advice from the right person at the right time. Dedicating the highest calibre of legal talent to overcome the most complex issues, we deliver pragmatic, expert advice that is set squarely in the real world.

Our headquarters are in London, with nine offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In addition we have forged close ties with other high quality law firms. This diverse mix of expertise and culture results in a combination of deep local insight and the capability to provide a seamless international service.

Stephenson Harwood London, UK
Oct 14, 2018
Full time
Stephenson Harwood is seeking a mid-senior level associate to join its Marine and International Trade practice group. Stephenson Harwood have one of the world's leading marine law practices, offering a breadth of services to its clients in the shipping, offshore and commodity sectors.
Stephenson Harwood London, UK
Oct 14, 2018
Contract
Stephenson Harwood is seeking a professional support lawyer to join its employment group, which sits within the wider Employment and Pensions practice group. This is a part time position, working 3 days per week. The Employment and Pensions group is a multidisciplinary team, providing advice on both litigation and advisory matters. The professional support lawyer will maintain a cutting-edge knowledge of employment and pensions law and practice, and help to develop and maintain the team's knowhow resources. Ideal candidates will have extensive knowledge of employment law, with city firm experience. Professionalism, commitment and resilience are key attributes required for the role.
Stephenson Harwood London, UK
Oct 14, 2018
Full time
Stephenson Harwood is seeking a mid-senior level associate to join its private wealth team. This is a great opportunity for an ambitious tax, estates and private client tax lawyer to join and help continue to grow the private wealth practice, which sits within the overall corporate practice group and is strongly integrated into the firms wider tax practice. Candidates will have a mixed private client and tax background and a thorough knowledge of UK taxation, as well as a broader range of private wealth skills including personal tax planning and offshore tax planning.
Stephenson Harwood London, UK
Oct 14, 2018
Full time
Job description  Job title Private Equity & Investment Funds Associate Department Corporate Location 1 Finsbury Circus, London, EC2M 7SH Level Junior-Mid level About the firm  Our values      Individuality We encourage creativity and develop talent.   Commitment To be the best and deliver the highest standard. Stephenson Harwood is a law firm (headquarters in London) where our people are committed to achieving the goals of our clients - listed and private companies, institutions and individuals. Our diverse mix of expertise and culture results in a combination of deep local insight and the capability to provide a seamless international service. Our experience encompasses corporate, commercial litigation and arbitration, employment and pensions, finance, marine and international trade and real estate.  We assemble teams of bright thinkers to match our clients' needs and give the right advice from the right person at the right time. Dedicating the highest calibre of legal talent to overcome the most complex issues, we deliver pragmatic, expert advice that is set squarely in the real world. Stephenson Harwood is fully committed to ensuring that all employees are treated fairly and with dignity and respect and has built a culture that values meritocracy, openness, fairness and transparency. The firm values individuality and recognises the benefits of having a diverse workforce.   Teamwork We work together to build close, long-term relationships   Straight talking We say what we mean and do what we say.  These values express the personality of our firm. They are the behaviours we encourage in our people and the standards which inform our decisions and actions.  Our vision to 2021 To be a successful, independent firm, where talented people work together in an entrepreneurial environment, building long term client relationships. This vision is about who we want to be. It is as much about our values as about our character – the attributes we want to see from all of our people. It also reflects the importance of remaining independent - a clear sign that we are confident in our own future.       2   Private Equity & Investment Funds This role is to work jointly across the private equity and funds teams which form part of the wider corporate department.  The private equity team consists of 3 partners and 6 associates which has doubled in size in the last 18 months and continues to grow.  The Funds team comprises 6 partners and 8 associates.  Whilst all associates within the team are actively encouraged to work for a wide range of partners to broaden their experience and expertise across the corporate disciplines; with the emphasis on flexibility of approach and being an "all rounder", there will be an expectation for this role to have a primary focus on private equity investment funds. This role is therefore expected to be able to advise across a wide range of private equity transactions with a core focus on private equity funds in relation to secondary transactions, co-investments and private fund formation. The corporate team are given commercial and transactional support by experienced, high quality specialists in banking, commercial contracts, competition, tax, employment and pensions, intellectual property, information technology, intellectual property and financial regulatory issues.  The department runs regular legal training sessions covering the core practice areas listed above as well as associate development centres focusing on 'soft' skills and BD.  The ongoing support and development of our associates is regarded as essential to our future growth and success.   Main responsibilities  Clear, concise and unambiguous preparation and drafting of corporate documentation  Conducting legal research using internal and external knowledge management resources   Liaison with clients   Developing own informal internal and external network of contacts  Building excellent working relationships with clients and peers within SH  Attending business development and profile raising events (client seminars, graduate recruitment activities)   Attributes / skills required  Investment funds lawyer with experience in M&A  Corporate governance experience should include DTR's and Listing Rules advice as well as practical corporate support, including for example Articles of Association preparation and Annual Report reviews.   Ability and desire to work within a small, but growing, ambitious and entrepreneurial team  Background in a firm with an excellent investment funds reputation   Ability to acquire, consolidate and apply fundamental and up-to-date knowledge of the law   Accuracy and attention to detail  Excellent verbal communication skills  Organised and able to work to strict deadlines with the ability to prioritise realistically  Good housekeeping/file management practices; managing and recording time promptly and accurately  Resilient with the ability to handle setbacks and pressure  Cooperative and collaborative in approach and able to develop excellent working relationships at all levels and within all roles  Ability to operate professionally and proactively at all times  Self aware and an active participant in self development   Flexible, a lateral thinker  Exhibits an understanding of the Firm’s position in the market and how it distinguishes its services from its competitors  Excellent academic and professional qualifications   This job description is indicative only and does not represent an exhaustive list of responsibilities. The firm reserves the right to alter or change the responsibilities at any time, in line with the firm's strategy and business needs.
Stephenson Harwood London, UK
Oct 14, 2018
Full time
Job description Job title Private Equity & Corporate Finance Associate Department Corporate Location 1 Finsbury Circus, London, EC2M 7SH Level Mid–Senior Level   About the firm     Our values           Individuality We encourage creativity and develop talent.     Commitment To be the best and deliver the highest standard. Stephenson Harwood is a law firm (headquarters in London) where our people are committed to achieving the goals of our clients - listed and private companies, institutions and individuals. Our diverse mix of expertise and culture results in a combination of deep local insight and the capability to provide a seamless international service. Our experience encompasses corporate, commercial litigation and arbitration, employment and pensions, finance, marine and international trade and real estate. We assemble teams of bright thinkers to match our clients' needs and give the right advice from the right person at the right time. Dedicating the highest calibre of legal talent to overcome the most complex issues, we deliver pragmatic, expert advice that is set squarely in the real world. Stephenson Harwood is fully committed to ensuring that all employees are treated fairly and with dignity and respect and has built a culture that values meritocracy, openness, fairness and transparency. The firm values individuality and recognises the benefits of having a diverse workforce.     Teamwork We work together to build close, long-term relationships     Straight talking We say what we mean and do what we say.   These values express the personality of our firm. They are the behaviours we encourage in our people and the standards which inform our decisions and actions.   Our vision to 2021 To be a successful, independent firm, where talented people work together in an entrepreneurial environment, building long term client relationships. This vision is about who we want to be. It is as much about our values as about our character – the attributes we want to see from all of our people. It also reflects the importance of remaining independent - a clear sign that we are confident in our own future.                   Private Equity & Corporate Finance This role is predominately working with the private equity team consisting of 3 partners and 6 associates which has doubled in size in the last 18 months and continues to grow.  The private equity team forms part of the corporate finance team comprising 15 partners and 18 associates.  Whilst all associates within the team are actively encouraged to work for a wide range of partners to broaden their experience and expertise across the corporate disciplines; with the emphasis on flexibility of approach and being an "all rounder", there will be an expectation for this role to have a primary focus on private equity transactional work.   The private equity team sits within Stephenson Harwood’s award winning corporate department, who won ‘Corporate Team of the Year’ at the Legal Business Awards 2018.  The private equity team advise across a wide range of private M&A and private equity transactions, acting for corporates, private equity houses and other leading financial institutions.    The team are given commercial and transactional support by experienced, high quality specialists in banking, commercial contracts, competition, tax, employment and pensions, intellectual property, information technology, intellectual property and financial regulatory issues.   The department runs regular legal training sessions covering the core practice areas listed above as well as associate development centres focusing on 'soft' skills and BD.  The ongoing support and development of our associates is regarded as essential to our future growth and success.   Main responsibilities Clear, concise and unambiguous preparation and drafting of transaction documentation Negotiation of transaction documents and provision of commercially minded legal advice as an integral part our clients' deal team Liaison with clients, specialist lawyers and other service providers in managing transactions Developing own informal internal and external network of contacts Building excellent working relationships with clients and peers within SH Organising and attending business development and profile raising events   Attributes / skills required Strong technical private equity and M&A experience with a keen interest in private equity Ability and desire to work within a small, but growing, ambitious and entrepreneurial team Background in a firm with an excellent private equity reputation Ability to acquire, consolidate and apply fundamental and up-to-date knowledge of the law Accuracy and attention to detail Excellent verbal communication skills Organised and able to work to strict deadlines with the ability to prioritise realistically Good housekeeping/file management practices; managing and recording time promptly and accurately Resilient with the ability to handle setbacks and pressure Cooperative and collaborative in approach and able to develop excellent working relationships at all levels and within all roles Ability to operate professionally and proactively at all times Self aware and an active participant in self development Flexible, a lateral thinker Exhibits an understanding of the Firm’s position in the market and how it distinguishes its services from its competitors Excellent academic and professional qualifications   This job description is indicative only and does not represent an exhaustive list of responsibilities. The firm reserves the right to alter or change the responsibilities at any time, in line with the firm's strategy and business needs.  
Stephenson Harwood London, UK
Oct 14, 2018
Full time
Stephenson Harwood is seeking an associate to join its marine and international trade group. Ideal candidates will have either offshore energy/insurance experience or strong shipping experience. Candidates need to have strong academics, with the ability to acquire, consolidate and apply fundamental and up-to-date knowledge of the law.
Stephenson Harwood London, UK
Oct 14, 2018
Full time
About the Firm Stephenson Harwood is a law firm with over 1000 people worldwide, including more than 160 partners. Our people are committed to achieving the goals of our clients - listed and private companies, institutions and individuals. We assemble teams of bright thinkers to match our clients' needs and give the right advice from the right person at the right time. Dedicating the highest calibre of legal talent to overcome the most complex issues, we deliver pragmatic, expert advice that is set squarely in the real world. Our headquarters are in London, with nine offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In addition we have forged close ties with other high quality law firms. This diverse mix of expertise and culture results in a combination of deep local insight and the capability to provide a seamless international service. Stephenson Harwood is fully committed to ensuring that all employees are treated fairly and with dignity and respect and has built a culture that values meritocracy, openness, fairness and transparency. The firm values individuality and recognises the benefits of having a diverse workforce. Intellectual Property ("IP") at Stephenson Harwood  This is a great opportunity for an associate to join the IP practice of a prestigious international law firm.  The IP team is ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers legal guides.  It is a young and growing team, with ambitions for greater growth both in London and Asia. The team acts for a number of high profile international clients such as GlaxoSmithKline Plc, UCB Pharma, easyGroup, Moet Hennessy, McDonalds, Richemont and Gap Inc.   Members of the team have been involved in a number of reported decisions both before the UK and European Courts.  The successful candidate is likely to be in the 3-5 years PQE range with experience from a recognised IP group.  The role will involve both contentious and standalone IP agreement work, such as IP licensing and R&D agreements.  The role will also involve the full range of IP rights. Our values We asked our clients and our people what they value about Stephenson Harwood and what Job Title: Associate Department: Intellectual Property, Commercial Litigation Level: Mid to upper mid-level Location: 1 Finsbury Circus, London EC2M 7SH    sets us apart from other firms. Four values stand out:   Individuality - to encourage creativity and develop talent.  Commitment - to be the best and deliver the highest standard.  Teamwork - to work together to build close, long-term relationships.  Straight talking - to say what you mean and do what you say.   These values express the personality of our firm.  They are the behaviours we encourage in our people and the standards which inform our decisions and actions. Specific Tasks and Duties can include:  Clear, concise and unambiguous preparation and drafting of relevant documentation  Conducting legal research using internal and external knowledge management resources   Assisting in the preparation of legal articles  Liaison with clients under the supervision of a partner  Developing own informal internal and external network of contacts  Building excellent working relationships with clients and peers within SH  Attending business development and profile raising events (client seminars, graduate recruitment activities) Key attributes and skills  Ability to acquire, consolidate and apply fundamental and up-to-date knowledge of the law   Accuracy and attention to detail  Excellent verbal and numerical communication skills  Organised and able to work to strict deadlines with the ability to prioritise realistically  Good housekeeping/file management practices; manage and record time promptly and accurately  Resilient with the ability to handle set backs and pressure  A self starter, able to work alone and within a small team  Ambitious, keen to work in a developing department and participate in business development  Cooperative and collaborative in approach and is able to develop excellent working relationships at all levels and roles  Ability to operate professionally and proactively at all times  Active participant in self development   Commercial awareness  Exhibits an understanding of the Firm’s position in the market and how it distinguishes its services from its competitors  Excellent academic and professional qualifications    
Stephenson Harwood London, UK
Oct 14, 2018
Full time
There is currently a vacancy within the non-contentious financial services regulatory team for a junior to mid level associate. The successful candidate will sit in the Funds and Financial Services Group in the Corporate Department but will work closely with the head of the non-contentious financial regulatory team. The non-contentious financial regulatory team will advise clients across the firm but will principally support the Funds group (primarily closed-ended listed funds and hedge funds), the private equity/private equity funds team and the Corporate Department more generally and will work closely with our market leading contentious financial regulatory team.
Stephenson Harwood London, UK
Oct 14, 2018
Contract
Stephenson Harwood is seeking an mid-senior level associate to join its competition team, on a 12 month fixed term contract. Ideal candidates will have solid competition experience in the full spectrum of UK and EU competition law, including UK and EU merger control, behavioural work (chapter 1 and 2 in the UK and Articles 101 and 102 in the EU), cartels, market investigations and abuse of dominance. Experience of state aid and public procurement would be beneficial, but not essential.
Stephenson Harwood London, UK
Oct 14, 2018
Full time
Stephenson Harwood is seeking a junior associate to join its competition team, sitting within the wider competition department. The associate will be working alongside four other competition associates and the competition partner. The ideal candidate will be a junior associate who has an interest in and had exposure to the a broad spectrum of UK and EU competition law, including in particular, UK and EU merger control, behavioural work (chapter 1 and 2 in the UK and Articles 101 and 102 in the EU), cartels, market investigations and abuse of dominance. Experience of state aid and public procurement would also be of interest, but not essential. The role requires a degree of flexibility to travel to the EU on occasion, and possibly further afield. The wider corporate department runs regular legal training sessions covering the core practice areas listed above as well as associate development centres focusing on soft skills and business development. The ongoing support and development of our associates is regarded as essential to our future growth and success.
Stephenson Harwood London, UK
Oct 14, 2018
Full time
Stephenson Harwood is seeking a junior associate to join its commercial rail team. The ideal candidate will have experience of commercial contracts from a projects or rail finance team. While rail experience is not essential, a keen interest in the rail industry is. Experience of dealing with franchises and concessions would also be ideal.
Stephenson Harwood London, UK
Oct 14, 2018
Full time
Stephenson Harwood is seeking a junior associate to join its fraud team, who sit within the wider commercial litigation department. Applicants should have an interest in fraud/injunctions and ideally will have had exposure to a fraud case or injunction. Stephenson Harwood's fraud team are tier 1 ranked and conduct top quality fraud and asset tracing work. There will be opportunities to work on some of the larger English and international fraud cases and lots of responsibility, working directly for partners and as part of the team. There will also be opportunities to get involved in marketing at an early stage.
Stephenson Harwood London, UK
Oct 14, 2018
Full time
Stephenson Harwood is seeking an associate to join its general asset finance team. The ideal candidate will either have previous asset finance experience or have good commercial or corporate experience and be willing to learn.