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Sidley Austin LLP

The firm

With approximately 1,900 lawyers and other professionals working in a network of offices around the world, Sidley is a leading international law firm. Globally, we work for many different businesses, financial institutions, governments and individuals. As a trainee, you experience the international side not by constantly travelling but by working on multijurisdictional matters and with people from all around the world.

We have a reputation for working on the very cutting edge, complex transactions, which helps to make life all the more interesting and challenging. Culturally, we are very open, friendly and down to earth.

Our practice areas

In London we have approximately 120 lawyers, including 40 partners. Our main practice areas are:

  • Corporate
  • Competition
  • Corporate Reorganisation & Bankruptcy
  • Debt & Equity Capital Markets
  • Debt Restructuring, Debt Finance & Structured Finance
  • Employment
  • Financial Services Regulatory
  • Hedge Funds
  • Insurance
  • IP/IT
  • Litigation
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate & Real Estate Finance
  • Tax

What we are looking for

Sidley is looking for people who are bright, with outstanding academic qualifications. You’ll need to have at least three A Levels (at least AAA), and to have (or be expected to achieve) at least a 2.1 degree or equivalent (not necessarily in law).

Beyond pure academic ability, we’re looking for interested and interesting people.

People who are genuinely interested in the commercial world, and the world of finance in particular.

People who are sociable, who can work well with others and get on well with clients.

People who have demonstrated selfdiscipline, the ability to persevere and use their initiative.

Our work is complex. So it helps if you are genuinely curious about how, for example, a deal works. If you can focus, analyse things and ask the right questions, you’ll be in a strong position.

Your training contract

You will have many opportunities to learn and develop during your training. You will get involved in real work from day one and gain experience of working for a number of people on different matters.

We like to take a flexible approach driven by your ability and willingness to contribute and develop. As a result, you can get as much as you like out of a particular seat, depending on how much you invest in it.

You will generally share an office and work closely with a partner or senior associate. We ensure that your experience is practical and will you will be encouraged to take responsibility where appropriate. Your supervisor will provide feedback and advice as necessary and a more formal appraisal takes place at the end of each seat. Regular meetings with the Training Principal and the input of the partner with responsibility for work allocation ensure both quantity and quality of your work experience. Trainees are encouraged to participate in the firm’s training programme. Outside of work, the firm has a strong social calendar, headed by the social committee. Although we are expanding, the firm retains the intimacy and camaraderie of a smaller firm. With an excellent record of keeping trainee solicitors on qualification, Sidley aims to recruit and retain trainees who are interested in a long term commitment to the firm.

Key Facts: Total partners: 40, Other fee-earners: 78, Total trainees: 20


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