At Sidley, there are 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, financial institutions and government entities, providing exceptional legal representation spanning the full range of litigation, transactional and regulatory matters.

The quality of work given to associates in London 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 newly qualified associates is currently £120,000. Associates can expect to earn in excess of £157,000 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.

Benefits for associates include:

  • 25 days holiday per year
  • Non-contributory pension scheme
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance
  • Income protection insurance
  • Free membership to in-house gym
  • Season ticket loan
  • Subsidised restaurant
  • Salary exchange programme for pension contributions and childcare vouchers
  • Regular health checks
  • Subsidised annual eye test
  • Free use of private clinics for GP appointments
  • Employee assistance programme

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

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 provided to enhance your performance as a lawyer and 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 always looking for talented lawyers to join us. Successful candidates will have an excellent academic record coupled with high-quality experience, most likely gained at a premier City firm.

We recruit from a variety of backgrounds, nationalities, ages and experience. There is no Sidley stereotype, although there are some essential attributes that Sidley lawyers have in common. They have strong business instincts and are genuinely intrigued by the commercial world and the world of finance in particular. They are approachable and easy to work with. They are self-disciplined and ambitious, driven to deliver results.

If you are interested in a career at Sidley, please send your CV and a covering letter to ukrecruitment@sidley.com.

Working in London

Sidley’s London office was established in 1974 and is the firm’s largest office in Europe. Our lawyers advise on domestic and cross-border matters across a full range of practice areas. We have a particularly strong footprint in London in structured finance, capital markets and restructuring.

Experienced Lawyer Profiles

Read profiles of associates who joined us after working at another firm to learn more about who we hire and why they chose Sidley.