Sulliven & Cromwell London Office

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

London office: 1 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1AN

Tel: 020 7959 8900



Size & Geographic Coverage

Number of Partners: 16

Number of Associates: 57

Total number of trainee solicitors: 9

Number of UK offices: 1

Number of overseas offices: 12

Application criteria

Training contracts vacancies per annum: 6-8

Vacation scheme places per annum: 8-10

Minimum degree grade: 2:1

Application deadline for training contracts starting in 2024: 15 July 2022

Salary and benefits

First year salary: £55,000

Second year salary: £60,000

Holiday entitlement: 24-days


LPC fees: Full sponsorship

GDL fees: Full sponsorship

Maintenance grant per annum: £12,850


Sullivan & Cromwell (S&C) provides the highest quality legal advice and representation to clients worldwide. The firm comprises more than 875 lawyers across an international network of 13 offices located in key financial centres in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United States. We maintain a unified firm culture worldwide and provide our clients with highly integrated advice on a global basis.

The London office, established in 1972, is S&C’s largest office excepting its New York City headquarters. There are approximately 80 lawyers and trainees working in the office across a number of practice areas.

You can find out more about training at S&C by watching this interview with Ben Perry, co-head of S&C’s UK M&A practice, along with associates Lillie Peichil and Hannah Cockle.

Our Work

S&C London is perhaps unique in the scale, complexity and significance of the work carried out in an office of its size. Practice areas in which the UK qualified lawyers and trainees in the London office work include: M&A and private equity; capital markets; finance and restructuring; project development and finance; competition and tax.

Training programme

We offer our trainees the opportunity to do superior work, meet exceptional people and grow in a supportive culture. We aim to distinguish our trainee programme by offering genuine mentoring from partners and senior lawyers who will take a keen interest in your career development.

Training contracts with S&C will be divided into at least four seats.  We aim to provide interested trainees with the opportunity to spend time in one of our other offices during their training contract.  Our trainees have spent time on secondment in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United States. 


We seek trainees who have an excellent prior academic record along with strong academic credentials, including a projected or achieved first or upper second class honours degree, or the equivalent. You should possess genuine intellectual curiosity, integrity, strong interpersonal skills, commercial awareness and an ambition to succeed at one of the world’s leading law firms.  We expect most of our applicants to be penultimate-year law students and final-year non-law students. Graduates and postgraduates are also eligible.

When and how to apply

To apply for a training contract starting in 2024, apply by CV (including a full classification and percentage breakdown of all academic results) and a covering letter. We will be accepting applications for our 2024 trainee intake from 2 May through 15 July 2022.


Full sponsorship of GDL and LPC fees, plus a maintenance grant (see above).

Other benefits

We offer a comprehensive suite of employee benefits, including private health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, a group personal pension scheme, subsidised gym membership, concierge service and 24 vacation days each year.