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Sidley has built an inclusive collegiate culture firmwide. We strive to maintain an environment focused on teamwork and cooperation.

Given our relatively small size, the London office has a relaxed, down-to-earth friendliness that you may not find elsewhere in the City. Lawyers and support staff at all levels treat each other with a friendly and genuine respect and value the skills and knowledge that each team member brings to the table.

We are located in a distinctive new development at 70 St. Mary Axe with panoramic views across London. Based in the heart of the City and close to Liverpool Street station with all the area has to offer - fantastic restaurants and bars, shopping and sporting facilities. You’ll find a great social scene within the office, with organised events including sailing and skiing weekends, seasonal parties and charitable team activities.

We are pleased to provide a comprehensive compensation and benefits package to support our personnel and their families. Our package is designed to support mental, physical and financial wellbeing, working parents and much more. We regularly review and enhance our offering to ensure that it remains competitive and meets the needs of our personnel.

  • Group Personal Pension Scheme – The firm will contribute to your pension provided that you contribute also in order to meet current legal requirements.
  • Life Assurance – provides a lump sum benefit to family or next of kin should you die whilst employed by the firm. Paid at 4x salary.
  • Income Protection – Paid at 75% of salary after 26 weeks continuous absence if you are unable to work due to illness or injury, subject to the claim being approved by the firm’s insurer. There is a cap of £150,000 on the benefit. You can apply for cover above this amount by completing underwriting.
  • Private Medical Insurance (“PMI”) – The firm’s comprehensive PMI scheme is available to all employees, with single cover funded by the firm. It is possible to add immediate family members at a personal cost.
  • Private GP Service – Unlimited access to a private GP, both in-person and virtually. The service also includes access to a number of urgent care centres across London.
  • Health Screening Checks – Employees under the age of 40 are eligible for a health screening check every two years. Employees aged 40 and above are eligible for an annual screening.
  • Virtual GP Services – 24/7 access to a virtual GP. Available to immediate family if covered under PMI scheme.
  • Menopause Support Service – 12 month support programme with a private, specialist GP.
  • Gym Allowance – Annual allowance of £400. The firm has secured a number of corporate discounts to gyms local to the London office.
  • Complimentary Access to Headspace – Mindful meditation app. Offers hundreds of guided meditations and exercises on everything from stress to sleep.
  • Employee Assistance Programme – 24/7 telephone access to trained mental health advisors. Eight face-to-face counselling sessions also available.
  • Flu Vaccinations – Available in the autumn each year.
  • Annual Eye Screening and Prescription Allowance – £20 towards cost of the examination and a £50 contribution towards lenses, if prescribed for VDU use.
  • Aviva DigiCare + Workplace – The app provides complimentary access to a number of wellbeing resources, available to you and your immediate family. The service includes: a health check, digital GP service, second medical opinion service, mental health consultation and a nutritional consultation.
  • Mental Health First Aid – A dedicated group of Sidley employees are trained to spot the signs of a mental health issue, identify when an individual may be at risk of harming themselves or others and signpost individuals to appropriate treatment.
  • “Living Well” Wellbeing Programme – Activities and events held throughout the year to support mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme – Tax efficient way to purchase a bicycle and/or accessories via salary sacrifice up to a maximum of £2,000 in a 12 month period.
  • Cycle Insurance – Select cover to suit your needs. Sidley employees can benefit from a special 15% discount.
  • Dental Insurance – Various levels of cover available. It is possible to add immediate family members. The cost would be deducted from your salary over a 12 month period.
  • Season Ticket Loan – Save on travel by applying for a season ticket loan, with the cost deducted from your salary over a 12 month period.
  • Will Writing Service – Standard and advanced options available, with the option to include your spouse/partner. The cost would be deducted from your salary over a 12 month period.
  • Maternity Leave – The firm offers enhanced maternity pay of 22 weeks at full pay, subject to 26 weeks employment by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth.
  • Shared Parental Leave – The firm offers enhanced shared parental pay of 22 weeks at full pay, subject to 26 weeks employment by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth.
  • Paternity Leave – Enhanced pay.
  • Emergency Childcare, Back-up Adult and Eldercare – Access to emergency childcare, school holiday cover and backup eldercare. You are entitled to receive sixteen complimentary sessions in each 12 month period.
  • Paid Time Off – 33 days (to include short-term sickness absence).
  • Employee Referral Scheme – Employees who refer a candidate for employment who is subsequently hired by the firm may be eligible for a referral bonus of £15,000 for a lawyer and £2,000 for a member of support staff.
  • Discounted Shopping Portal – Provides discounts on top brands. Available to employees and their immediate family.
  • Culture Whisper – Helps you maximise your free time by providing invaluable information on what to see and do in London. Complimentary tickets available for you and a plus one.
  • Matched Giving – The firm will match a fundraising donation up to a limit of £250 per year.
  • Payroll Giving – Tax efficient way to make charitable donations to any UK registered charity.
  • Community Investment Days – Paid time off for volunteering. You are entitled to volunteer on two occasions per year, with a registered charity of your choice. In addition, a number of volunteering opportunities are organised by the firm, including mentoring and assisting with work experience for young people.

Our reputation for excellence is built upon a foundation of hiring the best people and providing them with outstanding training.

Sidley’s Staff Training and Development team delivers engaging, relevant and timely learning solutions to ensure that employees in our various staff departments are able to perform to the best of their abilities.

We are dedicated to providing resources and support to enhance the career satisfaction and ongoing development of our support staff.

Support staff play an instrumental role in the success of the firm. We have dedicated business support in several professional disciplines, including human resources, marketing, finance, information technology, secretarial, front of house, library and office services.

We are always looking for talented, motivated individuals who thrive in a performance-driven culture to join our team.

About the London Office

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Our Departments

The Accounting department is a dynamic and collaborative group that is responsible for managing the business operations of the firm. Encompassing a wide variety of areas, including financial accounting and reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, billing, client accounting and arrangements, conflicts and new business, partner accounting, payroll, procurement, retirement plans, strategic planning, tax and treasury, the department offers many challenging and rewarding opportunities to contribute to the financial success of the firm.