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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2017)
"Prestigious, focussed on excellence, diverse."
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...

"Try to be interesting. S&C will only interview you if you already have the right..."

"It's collegiate with a diverse cast of characters."

"The training programme has improved hugely since the firm hired a dedicated in-house..."

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

"We have a lovely office a two minute walk from Chancery Lane Tube. It has a gym in..."

"As long as you arrive by about 9.45 am each day, you should be alright (depending..."

"On top of their salaries, trainees are given a percentage of the first year associate..."

"Free tickets/discounted tickets are often offered around the firm if the owner cannot..."

"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..."

"There are no big pushes in this regard beyond designated bins for recycling."

"We have several diversity committees, and a commitment to ensuring that all are ..."

"There is such a high level of work given to us from a very early stage and this leads..."

"I have participated in the Lawyers in Schools programme, teaching citizenship at..."

"The amount of responsibility that associates give us from an early stage, the amount..."

"The hours can be long at times, but this does not seem to be worse than any of the..."

"The firm has a great reputation and pays very well. The recruitment process also..."

"The class of 2013 trainees are the first class and therefore we have no precedents..."

"Amal Clooney and Ronald Dworkin used to work for the firm."

"Excellent people."

"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..."

"Bring back cookie sandwiches."

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