Specialists in fast-moving situations

Our Dubai office is known for providing commercial and robust solutions for listed and private companies as well as individuals in the UAE. The Dubai team acts for a wide range of listed and private companies, institutions and individuals across the Middle East, including the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran and Iraq.

We provide specialist expertise advice in the areas of marine and international trade, corporate and commercial, asset finance, projects/infrastructure and sanctions. The office has in-house Arabic speakers and can advise on both English and UAE law. Through our network of offices and strong local knowledge we offer clients commercially focused legal advice across the globe.

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Training contract

There's a lot to look forward to as a trainee in our Dubai office.

Top quality international work across a range of sectors is just the start. Our team in Dubai works closely with colleagues worldwide, who bring a combination of their specialist expertise and their often extensive experience of working with Middle Eastern organisations and individuals. Situated in the Dubai International Financial Centre you will be in the heart of financial district which has often been described as 'a city within a city' and is complete with a range of business and lifestyle facilities.

"The Dubai office is smaller, so it offers the chance to engage in a broad range of work and experience in many practice areas. This keeps my working life exciting as I can be asked to work on some unique matters in areas I have not come across before."

Liam Woodward, associate, Dubai


Your training

You will be training to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales, so during your time as a trainee you will take part in our professional skills courses and attend regular know-how sessions.

Your structured training will consist of experience in at least three different areas of law. This will include time spent in our London office.

We will be taking on only one trainee to guarantee that you get the level of attention you deserve. After all, if we want you to continue your legal career with us, it makes sense that we give you the foundations you need to excel in the future.


Placement scheme

Let's get to know each other.

Experiencing our culture and the way we work first-hand will help you decide if we're the right firm for you.

A placement scheme will give you a real taste of life at the firm. Typically you'll spend two weeks in our offices, sitting with qualified lawyers and tackling some case work. It's a great opportunity to talk informally to existing trainees, lawyers, partners and support teams to find out just why law and Stephenson Harwood are such attractive career options.

Our trainee recruitment and summer placement scheme arrangements are integrated, so if you successfully apply to our summer placement scheme then you will have the opportunity to take part in an assessment day for a training contract during your placement.

Your accommodation will be provided for you along with a daily allowance of AED150.

Who we're looking for

We look for qualities that make you a potential high-performing associate – possibly even a future partner.

Intellectual ability and the ability to quickly assimilate a wealth of information and identify the main issues is critical. That means an excellent academic record (ideally at least a 2:1) and be able to make well-reasoned decisions and have meticulous attention to detail.

Strong, productive relationships with colleagues as well as clients are vital to every area of our work and therefore interpersonal skills are paramount too. You need to be good at expressing yourself clearly and succinctly - both face-to-face and in writing - and you'll know how to tailor your message to your audience, build rapport and be persuasive.

Ambitious, driven and inquisitive, you'll love a challenge and have the resilience needed to respond well to feedback and adapt to working in a changing environment. As someone who always keeps the end result firmly in mind and is enthusiastic even under pressure, you'll be able to show us you know how to get a job not just done, but done brilliantly – to the very best of your ability.

We'll want you to have a keen interest in the Middle East and an aptitude for business. We're known for sound commercial judgement and our international outlook so you'll need the potential to develop the same skills.


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by Stephenson Harwood trainees, associates and partners