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Sidley offers experienced lawyers boundless opportunities to work on interesting and challenging projects for high-calibre clients.

We have built a reputation as a premier legal advisor for global businesses and government entities, providing exceptional legal representation spanning the full range of trade, competition, litigation and regulatory matters.

The quality of work given to associates in Brussels is first rate—cutting edge and complex, and often high profile.

In addition to an attractive and competitive compensation package, we provide an exceptional range of benefits.

Our base salary for qualified associates is currently €75,000. Associates can expect to earn in excess of €100,000 when they have three years of experience.

We operate an annual bonus scheme that rewards associates for the quality of their work as well as billable hours, with credit given for pro bono contributions.

We are committed to training and developing our lawyers so that they continue to grow and learn throughout their careers.

Sidley has made a deep and ongoing investment in our world-class learning and development function, which plays a critical and strategic role within the firm and supports our stellar client service ethic.

In addition to the New Associate Orientation and Mid-Level Associate programmes presented annually, we offer a superb technical training programme designed by and for each individual practice group. Soft skills training is tailored to your level of qualification. Our Business Development Programme provides high-level, personalised coaching around communications and networking, client engagement and winning new business.

We are continuously looking for new talent to join our practice. Successful candidates will have an excellent academic record coupled with a proven interest and training in EU competition, trade or regulatory law.

There is no Sidley stereotype—we recruit from a variety of backgrounds, nationalities, ages and experience. We seek to hire individuals who are committed to serving clients and have strong business instincts. People who are approachable and easy to work with, self-disciplined and ambitious, and driven to deliver results.

Career Opportunities

Individuals with a law degree who are qualified to practice law, preferably in one of the EU Member States, and have all required paperwork and permits for performing in Belgium are welcome to apply for an associate position. Fluency in English, demonstrated through education and writing samples, is a prerequisite.

Working in Brussels

Sidley’s Brussels office focuses on EU law, particularly competition, trade and regulatory matters. Our lawyers have a rare combination of private and public sector experience and a sophisticated understanding of EU institutions and policies. We represent clients on a wide variety of matters before the European Commission, the Council of Ministers, EU Member State authorities and the European Courts.