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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2017)
"Market-leading while maintaining a strong atmosphere of teamwork and camaraderie."
7.7 / 10
Formal Training
7.7 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.5 / 10
6.7 / 10
8.3 / 10
8.3 / 10
Pro Bono
8.2 / 10


  • The salary and bonuses are high and seen as being at the level of high-paying US firms.
  • Trainees, associates and partners all work and socialise together so the office hierarchy is very flat.
  • Retention rates have historically been excellent and this means trainees can focus on their studies rather than competition.
  • Both formal and informal training is of a high quality with plenty of time being dedicated to trainees.


  • While hours are seen as fair, they can get very long if there’s a lot of work to do.
  • Some feel that there are fewer socialising opportunities than at other firms.
  • There could be more transparency regarding seat selection and reviews.
  • The firm is so large that it can sometimes feel overwhelming.

What insiders say about...

"The application consists of a CV and cover letter to the HR team. This is followed..."

"The firm has a very flat structure, partly because deal teams are very small. Partners..."

"As the training programme is quite new, it's quite easy to ask for training sessions..."

"It depends on the senior lawyers in question but there are some real star mentors..."

"The individual offices are a great size (the biggest I've seen in any law firm)...."

"There are ups and downs, they can be very long hours."

"The pay here is top of the range."

"The firm has a number of excellent perks including: a subsidized canteen which serves..."

"Traditional CV and cover letter application. Two interviews with two partners, one..."

"I was asked about the subjects I studied at university and why. I also recall that..."

"S&C has made a conscious effort to reduce its carbon footprint. Lights automatically..."

"I have found S&C to be a very diverse place to work. We face the same challenges..."

"Great range and variety of work. Even as first seat trainee I was given high level..."

"Attended Lawyers in Schools, which was really fun, and hoping to attend a law clinic..."

"The responsibility you get as a trainee and the exposure to deals and clients. You..."

"The feeling that no matter how much you've improved, there are still a million miles..."

"I was reluctant to apply at first. Because of the great reputation of the firm and..."

"So far it has been 100%."

"Amal Clooney started her career at S&C in New York."

"Diverse, challenging, inclusive, supportive."

"The firm does not have a type when recruiting candidates for the vacation schemes/training..."

"Stress is part of the nature of practice as a junior lawyer - there is almost never..."

"Better IT systems."

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