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S&C is committed to helping you develop into the best possible lawyer. We will provide you with an unparalleled foundation for your career. At S&C, you will be encouraged to acquire leadership skills more quickly than you would at other law firms. You will have decision-making authority and client responsibilities as early as practicable. We believe that hands-on experience is the best training. However, we also recognise the importance of formal training, which will begin before you join the Firm.

In the year prior to your arrival, you will undertake a Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Professional Skills Course (PSC) that fulfil the mandatory requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. These courses have been specifically designed to prepare our trainees for their future careers.

After you arrive, you will take part in an induction programme introducing you to the way we work in London. You will learn about our information technology, library and research, legal assistant and other office resources. You will also attend the firmwide orientation programme in New York, learning more about the Firm and getting to know your colleagues from elsewhere in the S&C network.

Throughout your training contract, you will attend regular formal group training sessions on the key building blocks of commercial legal practice. These will include a training programme designed specifically for trainees and presented by our partners and associates. These sessions may also be led by external speakers and training providers. In addition, all of our other in-house training sessions will be open to our trainees to attend. Some of these sessions involve video conferencing among offices, helping you to get a feel for the international issues relevant to our practice.

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