Sidley’s office in London, its largest in Europe, has served clients in the London market since 1974. The firm gained a significant advantage in 1994 when it began offering English law advice in addition to U.S. legal advice. Having lawyers qualified to practice in both jurisdictions for more than 20 years has enhanced our reputation for assisting global businesses and governments across a variety of industries.
Twelve practices and 22 lawyers recognized as leading in the United Kingdom. Client praise includes: “The service is excellent and they are very knowledgeable.”
Chambers UK 2020
English law is frequently chosen as the governing law in cross-border transactions spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Our London office is the firm’s hub for coordinating such projects. Sidley’s clients in London include the world’s leading financial institutions, funds, life sciences, FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies.
Sidley Austin LLP is a registered limited liability partnership organised under the laws of Delaware and authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA No. 79075). A list of the names of the London office partners of Sidley Austin LLP is open to inspection at its principal place of business, Woolgate Exchange 25 Basinghall Street, London EC2V 5HA, and such persons are either solicitors, registered foreign lawyers, European lawyers or managers authorised by the SRA.
Separate partnerships, which are affiliated with one another, are responsible for the operations of Sidley Austin’s offices around the world. Further details about our partnership structure can be found here, under “Collective Designations”
We are committed to providing high-quality legal services to all our clients. If you are a client and have a complaint about the services provided to you by the London office of Sidley Austin LLP, including a complaint about a bill, please contact the partner handling the matter or your client relationship partner. If that does not resolve your complaint, you may use our complaints procedure set out below.
- Please send your complaint in writing to email@example.com.
- We will send you an acknowledgment of your complaint within three working days of receiving it.
- We will review your complaint and may invite you to discuss your complaint with us.
- Once we have reviewed your complaint, we will write to you with our response, including any resolutions that have been agreed with you. Depending on the nature of your complaint, we will endeavour to provide our response within 30 days of our acknowledgement of your complaint.
- If, after receiving our response, you are still not satisfied, you can raise your complaint to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, our professional regulator. Please see its website for details (www.sra.org).
- You may also have a right to bring your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman (www.legalombudsman.org.uk). The Legal Ombudsman deals with complaints from individuals and from small businesses, charities and associations. Normally, you will need to bring your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving our final written response to your complaint, and within six years of the problem happening or three years from when you found out about it. The contact details for the Legal Ombudsman are: tel. 0300 555 0333 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sidley Austin LLP is not authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 but we are able to, in certain circumstances, offer a limited range of investment services to clients because we are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority, which has complaints and redress procedures.
We can only provide investment services if they are an incidental part of the legal services we have been engaged to provide.
We are not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). However, we are included on the register maintained by the FCA so that we can carry on insurance distribution activity, which is broadly the advising on, selling and administration of insurance contracts. This part of our business, including arrangements for complaints or redress if something goes wrong, is regulated by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority. The register can be accessed via the FCA website.
Sidley Austin LLP act as legal advisers; it is not part of our role to give advice on the merits of investment transactions. Any investment decision is for our clients to make and no communication by us should be treated as an invitation or inducement to our clients to engage in investment activity.
The UK Modern Slavery Act came into force in October 2015 and requires large commercial organisations doing business in the UK to publish statements on their websites setting out the steps they have taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in their own businesses or in any of their supply chains.
Sidley Austin LLP is committed to the constant improvement of our practices to prevent slavery and human trafficking from occurring within our business and supply chain. We expect the same high standards of our suppliers.
This statement is made on behalf of the London office of Sidley Austin LLP pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement.
Our Business and Supply Chains
At Sidley, we strive to build and retain the best possible personnel and supply chains to support and help grow our business.
Given the nature of our business and our relatively limited supply chains, we consider the risk of slavery or human trafficking occurring in our business or supply chain to be low.
Our supply chain primarily comprises providers of goods and services, such as stationery and office equipment, that allow our personnel to provide legal advice to our clients. We also work with other sophisticated suppliers of legal services, including law firms in other jurisdictions and barristers.
We expect every member of the Sidley team to act in a manner which promotes the development of a workplace which is free from discrimination or harassment of any kind and which complies with all applicable laws. Our policies reflect that expectation.
It is also our policy to engage with our supply chain to confirm that our suppliers are adhering to the same high standards. In particular, key suppliers must provide details of the corporate and social responsibility policies they have in place, including in respect of issues covered by the UK Modern Slavery Act.
With regard to Sidley personnel, our policy is to provide appropriate and relevant training. In particular, training will be provided for those with procurement responsibilities, so that they are able to assess the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business and supply chains.