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7.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2018)
"Prestigious, focussed on excellence, diverse."
6.8 / 10
Formal Training
7.0 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.5 / 10
6.2 / 10
9.2 / 10
7.3 / 10
Pro Bono
7.7 / 10


  • The salary and bonuses are high and seen as being at a higher level of pay than most 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 process consists of a CV and a cover letter and then an interview...."

"The firm has an open door policy and there is a large amount of cross-level interaction...."

"I've found the training programme to be a bit poor so far. Training is normally done..."

"Every trainee is supervised by a partner or senior lawyer. You have great exposure..."

"The dress code is smart casual business attire. We don't have casual Fridays so you..."

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

"The bonuses are very generous."

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

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

"We discussed current news items, how these are relevant to S&C and its clients and..."

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

"I have never sensed any discrimination in the firm. Longer maternity and paternity..."

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

"Lawyers in schools is a project I am currently involved in which involves a group..."

"Friendly colleagues and the benefits package. Small team of trainees means a lot..."

"The unpredictability of hours."

"The small intake coupled with the firm's global reputation."

"So far, 100% of the trainees have been kept and there's every indication that this..."

"We have the best M&M cookies in the City."

"A firm that works on some of the biggest deals in the market, but also has a great..."

"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..."

"Greater control over where we spend our seat abroad when possible."

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