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.
Such sums require lots of unglamorous graft, but SullCrom trainees-to-be also may be encouraged to know that they have a decent shot at enjoying a secondment to one of the firm's US offices – where the hours will also be long but the air new.
Core practice areas in London include corporate, financial institution, investment banking and private equity, with the office used very much as a jumping off point for Europe, Africa and the Middle East.