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8.2 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 6 ratings in 2017)
"International, compact, American."
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...."

"There isn't really a hierarchy and some of the partners regularly eat lunch with..."

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

"Partners are very accessible. They would rather you ask questions and produce useful..."

"Our office is in a great location (just outside of the City so you avoid the lunch..."

"In comparison with other firms, it is much better. There is truly no 'face-time'...."

"Top of the market."

"Offers for free tickets to things come around from time to time – if it's something..."

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

"In my first interview, we basically just had a chat about our lives and personalities...."

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

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

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

"There are many pro bono projects available and we are encouraged to get involved..."

"Quality of work. Direct contact with, and guidance from, very senior lawyers."

"No control over time."

"The quality of the partners, and the fact that most of the partnership took the time..."

"We are the first batch of trainees, and so there is no basis for prediction."

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

"Collegiate atmosphere and exposure to exciting clients and work."

"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..."

"More comprehensive feedback."

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