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Sidley Austin LLP

Woolgate Exchange,
25 Basinghall Street,

  • Partners 44
  • Other fee earners 70+
  • Total trainees 20
  • Contact Nicole Katz, graduate recruitment advisor
  • Method of application Apply online at
  • Selection procedure Interview and verbal reasoning test
  • Closing date for 2019 31 July 2017
  • Training contracts pa 12
  • Applications pa 600
  • % interviewed pa 15
  • Required degree grade 2:1
  • Training salary (2015) 
  • First year: £44,000
  • Second year: £48,000
  • Holiday entitlement 25 days
  • % of trainees with a non-law degree pa 50%
  • Overseas offices Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Century City, Chicago, Dallas, Geneva, Hong Kong, Houston, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington DC

Firm profile

Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world’s largest full-service law firms. With approximately 1,800 lawyers practising on four continents (North America, Europe, Australasia and Asia), the firm provides a broad range of integrated services to meet the needs of its clients across a multitude of industries.

Main areas of work

Corporate, competition, corporate reorganisation and bankruptcy, debt restructuring, debt finance and structured finance, equity capital markets, employment, financial services regulatory, hedge funds, insurance, IP/IT, litigation, private equity, real estate and real estate finance, tax.

Trainee profile

Sidley Austin LLP looks for ambitious, intelligent and enthusiastic individuals with personality and humour who have a real interest in practising law in the commercial world. Trainees should have a consistently strong academic record and a 2:1 degree (not necessarily in law).

Training environment

The firm is not a typical City firm and it is not a ‘legal factory’ so there is no risk of being just a number. Everyone is encouraged to be proactive and to create their own niche when they are ready to do so. Trainees spend time in the firm’s main groups. In each group trainees will sit with a partner or senior associate to ensure individual training based on ‘hands on’ experience. You will be encouraged to take responsibility where appropriate. Regular meetings with your supervisor ensure both the quality and quantity of your experience. In addition, there is a structured timetable of training on a cross-section of subjects.


Private health insurance, life assurance, contribution to gym membership, interest-free season ticket loan, income protection scheme, pension and subsidised restaurant.

Sponsorship and awards

Tuition fees for the GDL and the LPC. Maintenance grant of £7,000 pa.

Sidley Austin LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership which operates at the firm’s offices other than Chicago, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney, is affiliated with other partnerships, including Sidley Austin LLP, an Illinois limited liability partnership (Chicago); Sidley Austin LLP, a separate Delaware limited liability partnership (London); Sidley Austin LLP, a separate Delaware limited liability partnership (Singapore); Sidley Austin, a New York general partnership (Hong Kong); Sidley Austin, a Delaware general partnership of registered foreign lawyers restricted to practising foreign law (Sydney); and Sidley Austin Nishikawa Foreign Law Joint Enterprise (Tokyo). The affiliated partnerships are referred to herein collectively as Sidley Austin, Sidley, or the firm.