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8.8 / 10

(based on 4 ratings in 2016)

2016

"S&C is a very friendly and welcoming environment. At social events and every day at lunch in the canteen, everyone from all levels within the firm interacts."
Second year trainee, London
"The firm is a really friendly place which is too small to care much for hierarchy. Trainees, associates and partners all sit together at lunch and there are always plenty of formal and informal social gatherings."
Second year trainee, London
"The teams are small which can mean working with the same people quite a lot. Most people are friendly, cooperative and easy to work with. There's a good turnout of people in the canteen for lunch most days. We trainees especially tend to have a lunch break together for an hour most days, which really adds to the community feeling. We also tend to arrange informal drinks every other Friday."
First year trainee, London
"It's a bonus having a lunchroom – it's nice to be able to go and chat to people away from the desk every day. We also frequently go out for drinks on a Friday. The structure of the firm into a broad general practice group means you get to work with several different associates at once on different matters, overseen by different partners."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has an open door policy and there is a large amount of cross-level interaction. The partners are very happy to speak to trainees and take time to explain complex issues to them. There is not a cut-throat culture at S&C where people don't want to help each other in order to get ahead. Instead, there is a very cooperative atmosphere with people willing to share experiences in order to aid their colleagues. S&C is a very social firm with many people using the canteen at lunch, which provides a social mixing area where partners and trainees often sit at the same tables. There is also a number of drinks and parties thrown by the firm to aid bonding among colleagues."
Second year trainee, Melbourne

2015

"The firm is very un-hierarchical. There is a friendly atmosphere in the office; everyone sits together in the canteen and there are social drinks every week. I never feel awkward speaking to anyone."
Second year trainee,
"Everyone in the firm is incredibly friendly, there are regular unofficial and official social events with people from all levels within the firm attending."
First year trainee,
"The firm has a very flat structure, partly because deal teams are very small. Partners don't delegate the work and disappear - they are right there in the trenches with the associates and trainees."
Second year trainee,
"The firm has a very supportive and cooperative culture during work hours. The small size of the firm means everyone knows everyone else and therefore has a good idea of how to get the best out of each team member. After work there are often pub trips and other social activities between various members of the firm which also help with bonding. One of the things that really sets S&C apart is that it engages with trainees even before they arrive at the firm so that by the time September comes you already have a good idea about the people and culture of the firm."
First year trainee,
"The culture is friendly but not overly intrusive on people's need to get away from the office and see their friends/families. There are regular drinks events and the office truly has an 'open-door' policy. The canteen is outstanding and there is no seating policy, so trainees sit with associates and partners and chat over lunch."
First year trainee,

2014

"Long working hours with an expectation to cancel plans if needs be. No rigid hierarchy as such. Very friendly team."
First year trainee, London
"Everyone is very friendly and there is a real team mentality that runs through the office."
First year trainee, London
"The firm has a very 'flat' structure, such that I regularly work directly with the most senior partners. The trainees are spread out among different departments, but still make an effort to see each other. A very friendly office, good dynamic between lawyers and staff."
First year trainee, London
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