S&C Ranks Highly in Nationwide Surveys of Trainee Solicitors

December 2, 2014

S&C's London office, which took on its first trainee solicitors in 2013, has recently been highly ranked in two nationwide surveys of trainee solicitors.

Lex 100
In the 2014/15 edition of The Lex 100 Survey of law firms in the UK, S&C was highly ranked (and awarded the title of Lex 100 Winner) in four categories: quality of work, job satisfaction, living up to expectations and social life.

The Lex 100 rankings are the product of a survey in which over 3,500 trainee solicitors working at 230 UK law firms in the UK were asked to rate their firms across 10 different categories.

The full list of the categories in which S&C were ranked in the Lex 100 survey, as well as the score and ranking in each category, is set out below.
 

Position Category Score

2

Quality of Work

9.75/10
7 Job Satisfaction 9.00/10
=10 Living up to expectations 9.00/10
11 Social Life 8.75/10

TARGETjobs Inside Buzz
In the 2014/15 TARGETjobs Inside Buzz rankings of law firms in the UK, S&C was ranked in the top 10 law firms in the UK in nine different categories.

The TARGETjobs Inside Buzz rankings are the product of a survey in which over 1,300 trainee solicitors working at over 50 law firms in the UK were asked to rate their firms across 12 different categories. 

S&C was ranked in the top 10 for the following categories: salary, informal training & mentoring, formal training, satisfaction with work, green initiatives, offices, hours, overall satisfaction and pro bono.

The full list of the categories in which S&C were ranked in the TARGETjobs Inside Buzz survey, as well as the score and ranking in each category, is set out below:
 
Position Category Score

1

Salary

9.50/10
2 Informal Training & Mentoring 9.00/10
=2 Formal Training 9.00/10
4 Satisfaction with Work 9.00/10
=5 Green Initiatives 8.25/10
=6 Offices 9.00/10
=7 Hours 8.00/10
8 Overall Satisfaction 8.75/10
9 Pro Bono 8.75/10
13 Diversity 8.50/10
 
Comments given by S&C trainees as part of their responses to the TARGETjobs Inside Buzz survey included the following:

"Brilliant client base with top quality work."
"Incredibly friendly environment to work in."
"Open, collegiate, high-calibre partners, unique cross-border exposure."
“The standards are very high, but there is excellent access to very senior practitioners.”
 
These recent surveys are not the first national recognition which S&C's London office has received for its trainee solicitor programme.  In May 2014, London office partner Ben Perry was named “Best Training Principal” at the LawCareers.Net Training and Recruitment Awards, and S&C was a finalist in the “Best Recruiter – U.S. Firm in the City” category. 

In relation to the Lex 100 and TARGETjobs Inside Buzz survey results, Ben Perry commented that: “We are delighted that the efforts we have put into our trainee solicitor programme have been recognised in two highly regarded nationwide surveys.  We are particularly pleased to have been ranked so highly by the TARGETjobs Inside Buzz survey in relation to both formal and informal training.  Our first two sets of trainees have been a great success so far and we look forward to welcoming more highly capable trainees and helping them to fulfil their potential.”