Sullivan & Cromwell

The Legal Cheek View

The New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell is famous for being the rather unlikely place where global megastar barrister Amal Clooney began her career, before switching to the human rights bar in London.

Currently, the highly prestigious corporate giant is bulking up in the UK capital, having recently expanded its annual trainee solicitor intake to five. Expect to work long, unpredictable hours – insiders report leaving the office typically between 7-11pm each night – but be rewarded handsomely for it. SullCrom NQs pull in more than £100k, with even trainees taking home over the £50k mark. Partners, meanwhile, stand to earn in excess of £2.5 million.

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Key Info

Training contracts 6
Latest trainee retention rate 100%
Offices 12
Countries 8
Minimum A-level requirement No minimum
Minimum degree requirement 2:1


Annual target hours No targets
Annual leave 24 days


First year trainee salary £50,000
Second year trainee salary £55,000
Newly qualified salary £101,500
Profit per equity partner £2,920,000
GDL grant £9,000
LPC grant £9,000


UK female associates Undisclosed
UK female partners Undisclosed
UK BME associates Undisclosed
UK BME partners Undisclosed