Sidley Austin

International Top 30 position: 18
International 50 position (Asia-Pacific): 17

t: 020 7360 3600

Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world’s largest law firms with approximately 1,700 lawyers practising in 18 offices across the globe. The London office has approximately 120 lawyers and can offer experience in a range of international finance and corporate work across a broad range of industries. Types of work include: corporate; competition; corporate reorganisation and bankruptcy; debt & equity capital markets; debt restructuring, debt finance and structured finance; employment; financial services regulatory; hedge funds; insurance; IP/IT; litigation; real estate and real estate finance; and tax.

The firm looks for enthusiastic individuals who can demonstrate a consistently strong academic record and who have a real interest in practising law in the commercial world. Trainee solicitors generally share an office and work closely with a partner or senior associate. Our aim is to ensure that your experience is practical and that you are 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 are intended to ensure both quantity and quality of your work experience. Trainees participate in the firm’s structured training programme. Outside of work, the firm has a strong social calendar, headed by the social committee. Sidley aims to recruit and retain trainees who are interested in a long-term commitment to the firm.

  • UK 200 position: N/A
  • Total revenue USD (millions): 80.1
  • Total lawyers: 105
  • Total partners: 39
  • Total trainees: 18

No of vacancies: 10
Trainee application deadline: 31/07/2013
CV & covering letter: No
Online application: Yes
Individual interview: Yes
Panel interview: No
Phone interview: No
Assessment day: No
Presentation: No
Psychometric testing: No
Written exercise: No
Numeracy tests: No
No. of seats: 4
Summer vac scheme no places: 12
Summer vac scheme apply by: 31/01/2013
GDL fees: Full
GDL maintenance: 7000
LPC fees: Full
LPC maintenance: 7000
Start GBP: 39000
2nd Year GBP: 43000
Qualification: 72000

Aviation: No
Banking & Finance: Yes
Construction: No
Charities: No
Corporate: Yes
Competition: Yes
Crime: No
Employment: Yes
Energy: No
Environment: No
Family: No
Fraud: No
Human Rights: No
Insolvency: Yes
Insurance: Yes
Intellectual Property: Yes
Litigation & ADR: Yes
Personal Injury: No
Private Client: No
Professional Negligence: No
Property: Yes
Public Sector: No
Shipping: No
Sport: No
Tax: Yes

Analysis from The Lawyer


Woolgate Exchange
25 Basinghall Street

Firmwide revenue (2011 $m): 1,415
Global lawyers (2011): 1,592
Jurisdiction: US
No. of offices: 11
No. of qualified lawyers: 144 (International 50)
No. of partners: 40