Skip to content

S&C’s award-winning trainee solicitor programme offers recruits the opportunity to do some of the most interesting and exciting work available, meet exceptional people and develop their legal and personal skills in a supportive environment.

About the Programme

S&C's London office has been recruiting trainee solicitors since 2011. By recruiting the very best law and non-law students and graduates to train as solicitors with a view to continuing their careers with the Firm, S&C aims to continue the organic growth of its London office and its English and EU law practices. S&C sees its trainees as the future associates and partners of the Firm.
Training contracts with S&C are divided into four six-month seats, covering at least three practice areas as required by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The Firm distinguishes its trainee programme by offering genuine mentoring from partners and senior lawyers who take a keen interest in their trainees' career development. Trainees are, in each seat, supervised by a partner who is a leader in his or her field and by other senior lawyers, who guide the trainees through their work and help ensure that they are engaged and challenged. These partners and senior lawyers ensure that the trainees see a range of outstanding work and receive guidance to help make the transition from academic study to legal practice.
The trainee solicitor programme is overseen by S&C London partners Ben Perry and Craig Jones and is part of the Firm’s integrated, global approach to recruiting, associate development and client service. In this regard, S&C differs from many of its competitors in that it is truly one law firm and one partnership worldwide, fostering a strong culture of teamwork and collaboration between offices.


S&C's goal is to employ the brightest minds, regardless of subject studied at university. The Firm seeks trainees who have strong academic credentials (including a projected or achieved First or Upper Second Class honours degree, or equivalent) and an excellent prior academic record. Most important, however, candidates should also have intellectual curiosity, integrity, common sense, commercial awareness and an ambition to succeed as a lawyer at one of the world’s leading law firms. Strong interpersonal skills will also be important: S&C is looking for team players.
While S&C expects most of its applicants to be penultimate-year law students and final-year non-law students, graduates and postgraduates are also eligible.

To Apply

To apply for a training contract starting in 2025, please click here and complete the online application form.

S&C will accept applications for its 2025 trainee intake from 1 May through 14 July 2023.

We expect to offer six training contracts starting in 2025.

Learn more about the U.K. Trainee Solicitors Programme:


Back to top