Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Sidley Austin LLP

The Lex 100 verdict on Sidley Austin LLP

The verdict

‘A high-level firm with the welcoming atmosphere and approachable attitude of a boutique firm’, it’s easy to see why trainees chose Sidley Austin. Recruits form part of a ‘balanced intake’ whilst still reaping the benefits of a ‘rapidly expanding London office of a global law firm’. The new office is considered to be one of the best things about the firm, along with the ‘small team collegiate environment’ led by ‘approachable partners’. The approach to training is ‘practical’, primarily achieved through ‘learning by doing’ with high responsibility on offer. Nevertheless, trainees still receive good oversight from partners, supervisors and HR who ‘really care about your professional development’. Sidley recruits are faced with ‘the typical American law firm work/life balance challenges’, with long hours not uncommon. ‘Working late a couple of Sundays in a row’ and ‘working with a client based on the West Coast of the US with an eight-hour time difference – it was very difficult to communicate and work with the client without staying very late into the evening every night’ were far from trainees’ favourite moments. A perceived facetime culture in certain teams was lamented, although it was noted that this is department-specific and not universal. At least there is a salary worthy of a Lex 100 Winner award on offer to soften the blow! Standout moments were ‘when many people from the firm attended the social I organised for the new environmental awareness group I helped start’ and ‘attending multiple high-profile High Court trials within a short space of time’. The firm’s Christmas parties are also ‘sensational’! For ‘high-quality work under the instruction of ‘market-leading partners’, take a closer look at Sidley Austin.