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7.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2018)
"Excellent people."
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...

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

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

"Training is very bespoke and specific to our needs. Partners and training team are..."

"The associates and partners are very accessible, they oversee our work and ensure..."

"Our offices are very nice. Associates all have their own offices and trainees often..."

"If you are on a deal then you stay late if needed, but this is to be expected in..."

"The pay is great!"

"The welcome week in New York for our induction was great and we get ticket draws..."

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

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

"There could be further efforts in this area."

"In my short time with the firm, I have seen their dedication to diversity and inclusiveness..."

"The work is very challenging; the firm generally takes on interesting and unique..."

"I am currently involved in a pro bono matter involving setting up a charity which..."

"Friendly environment allowing you to learn a lot very quickly."

"Very high expectations and pressure. Working hours are long."

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

"So far it has been 100%."

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

"Meritocratic, challenging, supportive, committed to client service."

"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..."

"I'd like to see more transparency and to be informed sooner about seat changes."

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