London Trainee Solicitor Programme - Sidley



Location (s):

  • United Kingdom


Sidley Austin LLP provides a broad range of legal services to meet the needs of our diverse client base. The strategic establishment of our offices in the key corporate and financial centers of the world has enabled us to represent a broad range of clients that includes multinational and domestic corporations, banks, funds and financial institutions.


Sidley’s London office offers students the best of both worlds—the experience of working in one of the largest international law firms along with the relaxed, down-to-earth friendliness of a smaller office. Here you will find high-quality work on par with Magic Circle firms and an energetic, meritocratic and supportive environment.

During Your Training

You will have many opportunities to learn and develop during your training. You will get involved in real work from day one, and will gain international experience not by constantly traveling but by working on multijurisdictional matters and with people from all around the world.

Trainees spend time in at least four of our practice groups, which include: Capital Markets; Corporate and Securities, Competition, Corporate Reorganisation and Bankruptcy, Disputes Resolution; Employment, Financial Services Regulation, Funds, Global Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, and Tax.

In each group, you will sit with a partner or a senior associate to ensure that you receive individual training, which is both effective and based on practical experience. In addition, there is a structured timetable of training on a cross-section of subjects.

We take a flexible approach that is driven by your ability and willingness to contribute and develop. As a result, you can get as much as you like out of a particular seat, depending on how much you invest in it.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Our minimum criteria is AAA at A Level and a 2:1 degree in any discipline. Applications are not screened automatically and mitigating circumstances are sometimes taken into account. However, we receive many strong applications and it is highly unlikely that candidates who do not meet the minimum criteria will be successful.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

Our trainee solicitors currently receive an annual salary of £44,000 in their first year and £48,000 in their second. Our newly qualified associate salary is £120,000.

As a trainee, you will also enjoy an exceptional range of benefits, including:

  • 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
  • Free use of private clinics for GP appointments
  • Employee assistance programme
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