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A ‘large international firm with secondment opportunities’, select trainees at Clyde & Co are able to travel as far afield as Dar es Salaam and San Francisco as part of their training contract. Recruits raved about the ‘international and client secondment opportunities which are fantastic’ and ‘one of the best experiences of my life to date’, however, competition for places is fierce and there is ‘limited availability’. Aside from the allure of travel, trainees joined the firm for its ‘litigation focus’, ‘well respected insurance and marine practices’ and ‘excellent training opportunities’ which saw them receive ‘weekly training sessions’ and ‘talks from external speakers’. Although a large firm, Clyde & Co employees still enjoy a ‘decent work/life balance for the City’, but some feel that the ‘trainee and associate pay is significantly below the market rate for the level of firm’. Recruits ‘get involved in massive transactions’ – one trainee remembers ‘working on a large commercial court dispute and doing the majority of the work in the case varying from drafting correspondence and overseeing disclosure, to liaising with the client, counsel and experts’. Indeed, many have fond memories of ‘taking the primary role’ in a range of tasks. ‘Feeling under pressure when the work occasionally builds up’ and ‘having to bail on long-anticipated social plans’ were uncomfortable moments. Uncertainty about whether ‘there will be a job at the end of the training contract’ was a worry, and the ‘seat allocation process being opaque’ was disliked. Nevertheless, recruits benefit from working with ‘impressive and respected partners’ and have supervisors who are ‘extremely knowledgeable about their sector’. If working for a firm with a ‘global network of offices’ excites you, apply to Clyde & Co.