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8.0 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 9 ratings in 2016)
"Friendly firm with an excellent quality of work."
Pros: 
  • The firm has a genuine 'open-door' policy and colleagues at all levels are approachable.
  • Global client-base provides trainees with the opportunity to work on a wide variety of interesting transactions.
  • Having a diverse workforce and being environmentally responsible are real priorities for the firm.
Cons: 
  • The international nature of the firm's work means that hours can be long and unpredictable.
  • Trainees are not eligible for a bonus.
  • Work comes in peaks and troughs meaning there may be some fairly quiet periods.
Culture
8.4 / 10
 
Formal Training
7.2 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
8.0 / 10
 
Hours
7.0 / 10
 
Salary
9.4 / 10
 
 
Diversity
6.8 / 10
 
Pro Bono
6.2 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

"Know your CV and your application inside out. Identify any weaknesses and be prepared..."

"The firm is very professional, but very relaxed and friendly at the same time. Everyone..."

"Training sessions are arranged for the trainees at fairly regular intervals on a..."

"It would be nice to get more formal sessions with the mentors. Some supervisors are..."

"The firm operates a fairly relaxed dress code unless you are attending a client meeting...."

"I have been quite lucky with my hours in that I have not had constant late nights...."

"The starting salary is competitive."

"The firm has a non-contributory pension scheme and a variety of excellent social..."

"One hour interview with two partners. General questions about my application and..."

"I was asked a number of technical questions - e.g. what was my opinion on the state..."

"The firm is developing its green initiatives and policies."

"The firm has an active diversity committee which organise many initiatives. The firm..."

"It doesn't appear to be easy to make partner at Sidley."

"First seat I had a great deal of responsibility, did a lot of drafting and had client..."

"I have just volunteered for a programme with LawWorks that will help people challenge..."

"Variety of work, complex and interesting deals. I have never been involved in the..."

"At certain points during my training contract I have not been busy enough."

"The friendly atmosphere, good retention rates, and quality of the work."

"Given the firm has small intakes, retention rates will very much depend on the particular..."

"We are the fastest at the Tour de Law challenge!"

"Very friendly firm with a professional atmosphere and access to very interesting..."

"The firm helps with mentoring projects in schools located in less privileged areas,..."

"Depending on the department, the stress levels can be quite high at times."

"Have a better work/life balance."

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