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Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world's largest full-service law firms with approximately 2,000 lawyers practising in 20 offices 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.
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Who should apply
Sidley Austin LLP is looking for focused, intelligent and enthusiastic individuals 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).
We run a one-week winter vacation scheme and two-week vacation schemes in spring and summer each year.
Students will spend time in at least two different departments and will share an office with a qualified lawyer. You will experience the day-to-day life of a lawyer at the firm and will have the opportunity to undertake real work rather than just observing or shadowing. This practical experience will be supplemented by a programme of presentations and workshops that will ensure you get to know as much about the firm as you possibly can during the placement.
There will also be some organised social events to help you get to know our current trainees.
Applications for the 2019/2020 vacation schemes will open on the 1 October 2019.
The firm is not a typical City firm and it is not a 'legal factory' so there is no risk of you being just a number. The team in London is dynamic and collegiate. Everyone is encouraged to be proactive and to create their own niche when they are ready to do so. Trainees spend a period of time in the firm's main groups. In each group, trainees will sit with a partner or senior associate. We aim to provide individual training that is both effective and based on 'hands on' experience.
A formal appraisal takes place at the end of the seat. Regular meetings with the training principal and the input of partners with responsibility for work allocation, aims to ensure both the quantity and quality of your experience. In addition, there is a structured timetable of training on a cross-section of subjects.
GDL and LPC fees paid. Maintenance grant also paid (up to £11,000 per annum). Trainees undertake the fast-track LPC at BPP Law School.
- Banking & Financial Services
- Capital Markets
- Global Finance
- Healthcare & FDA
- Investment Funds
- M&A & Private equity
- Corporate & Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
|Training contract applications:||750 (2014)|
|Retention rate:||91% (2016)|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
- Century City
- Hong Kong
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Palo Alto
- San Francisco
- Washington DC
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