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Shearman & Sterling LLP

Survey results


If the firm were a fictional character it would be...
Q (James Bond) - very hard-working but also approachable

The Verdict

The Verdict

There is an 'outstanding corporate culture' at Shearman & Sterling, and the 'strength and reputation of the core practice groups' befits a firm that operates on a 'truly global scale'. The London office of this US firm 'generates its own international work', and 'international secondment opportunities' are available to trainees, with the firm being named a Lex 100 Winner in this category. Members of the current cohort recount their placements in New York and Brussels, citing these seats as 'incredibly interesting' and a 'great working experience'. Instances of 'good-quality work' include 'being asked to give my opinion to the senior management of a FTSE 100 company', 'conducting high-level drafting in my finance seat' and 'the day I completed my first deal in corporate having spent weeks working on it'. The 'hours can be very long', and this has resulted in 'consistent late nights where you have to cancel your social life' and 'working all-nighters and not getting time in lieu'. That said, 'the pay is good' and certainly helps to make up for the long working hours. The office location is popular as it is 'close to Spitalfields Market and Shoreditch'. At Shearman & Sterling 'you have the ability to learn practically' through a 'high level of responsibility'. Colleagues are 'consistently friendly and encouraging', and the supervisors 'seem to genuinely care about your development and education'. Respondents enjoy being part of a small intake, and the trainee group is 'supportive and inclusive'. To 'be involved in very interesting transactions' at an international firm with a 'good vibe' and a 'focused plan for the future', considering applying to Shearman & Sterling.