Stephenson Harwood LLP is a law firm with over 1,300 people worldwide, including more than 190 partners. Headquartered in London, United Kingdom, with eight offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In 2020/21 it achieved total revenues of £209 million and profits per equity partner of £685,000 (2020/21)
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|No. of offices||8|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Revenue||£209 million (2020/21)|
|Profit per equity partner||£685,000 (2020/21)|
|Date founded||1875 (London)|
When attorney William Harwood returned to London after practising in China, he and Henry Stephenson created the firm of Harwood & Stephenson in 1875. The firm's history can be traced back to 1828 and the City law firm Tatham & Lousada. In 1920 Tathams merged with Stephenson Harwood – as the firm was by then known – to form Stephenson Harwood & Tatham, renamed Stephenson Harwood in 1977.
Two years later as one of the first UK firms to enter the Asian market, it has now been in Hong Kong for over forty years. In 2002 the merger with City shipping specialist Sinclair Roche & Temperley gave it a Shanghai office.
Stephenson Harwood played an instrumental role securing release of American hostages during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. Acting for Bank Markazi, a leading Iranian financial institution, their personnel became de facto mediators between Iran and America. At the time all foreign Iranian assets, including those of Bank Markazi, were frozen. A key factor delaying release of the hostages was the unfreezing of Iranian assets. Stephenson Harwood engineered the means by which this could be done, causing US Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance to laud the firm.
In 2011, in the largest Boeing deal in aviation history, the firm advised Lion Air on purchasing 230 model 747 aircraft worth US$21.7 billion. The signing was witnessed by the American Chief Executive.
In March 2012 the firm converted to LLP status.
In December 2012 the firm opened an office in Dubai, its first in the Middle East.
Stephenson Harwood Singapore converts to LLP.
Virtus Law and Stephenson Harwood announce formal law alliance.
Seoul office opens.
Eifion Morris appointed CEO.
Key practice areas Edit
- Commercial, outsourcing and technology
- Data protection and information
- Dispute resolution
- Employment, pensions, incentives and immigration
- Intellectual property
- Marine and international trade
- Pension disputes
- Private client, trusts and fiduciary services
- Private wealth
- Projects and infrastructure
- Real estate
- Restrucuturing and insolvency
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