Stewarts aims to recruit and retain the best staff at all levels of the firm.
As the leading litigation-only law firm and one of the fastest growing legal practices in the UK, we frequently have opportunities for lawyers, graduates and support staff.
Excellence, teamwork and manners
The ability, dedication and technical excellence of our staff are critical to the successes we achieve for our clients. We place equal importance on fit. When we recruit new lawyers, graduates and support staff our main concern is how well they will fit in with our existing staff and two of our core values, teamwork and manners.
We expect our people to strive for excellence in everything they do and deliver the highest possible standard of work at all times. All members of our highly ranked teams must work together to achieve the best outcomes for our clients. Also required are good manners and a willingness to help create an environment people want to be part of. This includes respecting everyone at every level, both inside and outside the firm.
The working environment
We place great importance on the working environment. The look and feel of the office has a lot to do with this: it is civilized, courteous and well ordered.
In a survey carried out in 2016 employees widely described Stewarts as 'friendly'. Comments from staff included:
"Stewarts has an excellent culture which I believe sets it apart from other 'high-end' firms."
"The friendly, inclusive culture is very apparent when first joining the firm."
Zara Okereafor is a paralegal in the Commercial Litigation department. She was announced as 2017's 'Happiest Person in Legal' by Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment and you can read her interview for their Insights column here.
Stewarts Law has featured for the first time on the 'Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For' list in 2017
Just 10 law firms across the country made the cut, we feature at 58th overall on the list, the 6th legal firm, and one of only 2 with a Leeds presence.
Progress within the firm
Once recruited, our solicitors, graduates and support staff are expected to excel in what they do and will be given the tools to do so. Everyone is capable of making progress within the firm.
One of our partners, Peter Neenan, joined the firm in 2006 as a paralegal and became a partner within nine years.
The firm has a policy of recruiting as many trainees as possible from its paralegals. The firm's training partner, Emma Hatley, explained the benefits of this policy in an article in The Times in February 2017 titled Jump from paralegal to partner.
"The real advantage is that we can evaluate how the candidates perform in the work environment over a more protracted period than could by achieved on paper or by interview.
"Another advantage is that the firm can consider candidates pursuing a second career -- we have applicants from the media and banking sectors -- and those who, for whatever reason, may not have succeeded as well in formal exams, but have what it takes to be a successful litigator.
"It is probably a reflection of the competitiveness of the legal industry that the paralegal role is an increasingly common pathway to a legal career."
Current vacancies for lawyers, support staff and graduates (trainees and paralegals) are all linked to below.
If we do not have a current vacancy but you would still like to make an application, please email a covering letter and CV to Angela
Melia, Head of HR, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equality and diversity
The principles of equal opportunity and diversity are important to us. They align with our core value of treating everyone, both within and outside the firm, with respect and good manners.
We are an equal opportunities employer. Opportunities for employment within the firm are open to all on merit regardless of age, gender, disability, religion or belief, sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, social background, part-time or fixed-term status. A summary of our workforce diversity statistics is available on request.
If you require any special arrangements to be made in order to take a full part in the interview process, please let HR know your requirements and we will make every effort to provide assistance.
For general HR/careers information please contact Angela Melia, Head of HR, on email@example.com.