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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2017)
"Cutting edge work within a friendly environment."
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...

"It was a simple process of sending in a covering letter and CV followed by interviews...."

"Based on what I've seen, the firm is no more hierarchical than most firms and certainly..."

"The training sessions have been more ad hoc, rather than having a formal outline..."

"Partners are very accessible, and trainees typically speak to and work with their..."

"The firm's London office is based near Chancery Lane tube station in the heart of..."

"The hours are unpredictable. I never know what time I am going to go home at night..."

"They offer very competitive salary packages and trainees are awarded an annual bonus..."

"Every few weeks there is a raffle for tickets for sporting events."

"The interview process initially involved submitting a cover letter and CV. The interview..."

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

"The firm is constantly trying to reduce the amount of wastage in terms of both food..."

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

"Generally there is a decent amount of client interaction, given our areas of practice..."

"The London office does a large amount of pro bono work with schools in the London..."

"Working as part of a small deal team ensures that you get great exposure early on...."

"No control over time."

"I always wanted to work for a smaller intake firm but working on the biggest deals..."

"Excellent. They invest a lot in the people they recruit."

"Ronald Dworkin, the philosopher and legal professor used to work here."

"Cutting edge work within a friendly environment."

"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..."

"The secondment was always flagged as an opportunity to spend a seat abroad in one..."

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