Firm Profile > Sidley Austin LLP > London, England

Sidley Austin LLP
70 St Mary Axe

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 4

Sidley Austin LLP's London-based insurance team specialises in Part VII transfers. Practice head Martin Membery also acts as co-head of the firm's global insurance practice and is recognised for his work across a varied range of insurance matters.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Nicholas Brittain  photo Nicholas Brittain Partner
 John Casanova photo John Casanova Partner
 Nancy Corbett  photo Nancy Corbett Partner
 Patrick Corr photo Patrick Corr Partner
 Dorothy Cory-Wright photo Dorothy Cory-Wright Partner
 James Crooks  photo James Crooks Partner
 Oliver Currall  photo Oliver Currall Partner
 Erik Dahl  photo Erik Dahl Partner
 Matthew Dening photo Matthew Dening Partner
 Susan Fanning  photo Susan Fanning Partner
 Simon Fawell  photo Simon Fawell Partner
 Patrick Harrison  photo Patrick Harrison Partner
 David Howe photo David Howe Partner
 Christian Iwasko  photo Christian Iwasko Partner
 Stephen Kinsella OBE  photo Stephen Kinsella OBE Partner
 William Long  photo William Long Partner
 John McGrath photo John McGrath Partner
 Martin Membery photo Martin Membery Partner
 Leonard NG photo Leonard NG Partner
 Fatema Orjela  photo Fatema Orjela Partner
 James Oussedik photo James Oussedik Partner
 Graham Penn photo Graham Penn Partner
 George Petrow  photo George Petrow Partner
 James Phythian-Adams  photo James Phythian-Adams Counsel
 Steven Pitt  photo Steven Pitt Partner
 Jason Richardson photo Jason Richardson Partner
 Bryan Robson  photo Bryan Robson Partner
 Stephen Ross  photo Stephen Ross Partner
 Sava Savov  photo Sava Savov Partner
 Drew Scott photo Drew Scott Partner
 Aparna Sehgal  photo Aparna Sehgal Partner
 Matthew Shankland photo Matthew Shankland Partner
 Will Smith  photo Will Smith Partner
 Phillip Taylor  photo Phillip Taylor Partner
 Thomas Thesing  photo Thomas Thesing Partner
 Rachpal Thind  photo Rachpal Thind Partner
 Mark Thompson  photo Mark Thompson Partner
 Rupert Wall photo Rupert Wall Partner
 Mark Walsh photo Mark Walsh Partner
 Marc Wassermann  photo Marc Wassermann Partner

The Lex 100 Verdict

Known for its finance prowess and high-profile transactional work, Sidley Austen has ‘friendly, down-to-earth people’ and a ‘wide range of practice areas and quality work'. Trainees applaud the firm’s ‘office culture’ and 'international reputation’ as well as appreciating the ‘growth in London, culture and quality of work’. Again a Lex 100 Winner for remuneration, Sidley Austin consistently is at the upper end of the pay scale among City firms. The small intake receives ‘less structured training’ but ‘more responsibility early on, learning as you go’. Smaller teams ensures that trainees get ‘more heavily involved in transactions’ and prove to be a real selling point for the firm. Trainees complained of ‘tough hours’, particularly with the added strain of working those hours from home during the pandemic. Also some complaints concerned perceived ‘overreliance on recruitment from Oxbridge’ and ‘fewer international and client secondment options’. Highlights of training include ‘working on a high-profile UKSC hearing and winning the firm's annual pro bono prize’ and ‘the firm's 'European Lawyers Conference' which offered a fantastic opportunity to meet everyone else at the firm in different teams’. Trainees also highly praised the firm’s pro-bono opportunities resulting in a ‘really broad range of work available, and everyone is very encouraging to get involved’; ‘it allows you to be more in touch with your soft skills’. If a US firm with a small intake and a strong profile in finance is appealing, then Sidley Austen is worth a second look.