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8.4 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2016)
"Hard-working, open and friendly."
8.4 / 10
Formal Training
8.4 / 10
Offices & Dress
7.6 / 10
7.2 / 10
8.3 / 10
7.7 / 10
Pro Bono
8.3 / 10


  • The office has a very collegiate atmosphere and a culture of collaboration.
  • A relatively small trainee intake allows for a lot of individual focus and access to high quality work.
  • There are lots of training sessions on offer to help trainees develop their skills.
  • The buddy system allows trainees to learn from senior colleagues in an informal setting.


  • The allocation of work can be somewhat unpredictable.
  • Expectations of long hours mean it can make maintaining a decent work/life balance difficult.
  • There could be more opportunities for trainees to go on secondment.
  • At present the seat allocation process is not very transparent.

What insiders say about...

"Assessment day (including partner interview, group exercise, written exercise) as..."

"The firm is very social and everyone knows everyone. It is not hugely hierarchical:..."

"The firm's training programme is very good - internal training is practically and..."

"Each lawyer can select a mentor and has a budget for four mentor lunches/dinners..."

"Offices are modern, new, clean however have had some problems with air conditioning...."

"Unsurprisingly, hours can be fairly long, although this will vary wildly according..."

"Paid well as trainees and exceptionally as associates. Everyone in the office gets..."

"Taxi home and free meal when working past 9:00pm. Free annual eye test. Free 'moving..."

"The usual questions - motivation to be a commercial lawyer, questions about me as..."

"Why law/Shearman & Sterling, etc. Tell us about recent deals the firm has been involved..."

"Full recycling bins in the kitchen. We get regular updates and goals on the amount..."

"We have several diversity initiatives and have a very active pro bono committee!"

"Relatively easy to move up the ranks. Meritocratic."

"Very extensive client interaction within two of the four seats, and some client interaction..."

"The firm offers a number of ongoing pro bono programmes. I am involved with two -..."

"Good salary, generally nice people, good work for trainees."

"It can be frustrating not always getting the administrative support you need when..."

"The collegiate feel and the quality of the work."

"Usually high retention rates. However, seats in some 'niche' departments can be competitive...."

"Shearman & Sterling assisted in the Iranian hostage crisis."

"Supportive, friendly and top rate."

"The firm works with Rare, a charity which teaches applicants about the application..."

"Lots of responsibility = stressful! And unpredictability is in itself stressful."

"More regular hours."

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