Clifford Chance launches law tech training contract

Clifford Chance launches law tech training contract

Clifford Chance has today (1 August) launched IGNITE, a new London-based training contract focused on law tech.

The Magic Circle firm is the first in the legal sector to offer a training contract centred on law tech.

The programme – which is currently accepting applications – is geared towards individuals with an aptitude for tech and interest in technology areas such as artificial intelligence, fintech and coding.

The new scheme will mirror the structure of a regular training contract but have a specific focus on law tech. Trainees will be given time away from fee-earning to gain the necessary training, support and expertise in the field of law tech. Upon qualification, trainees will have the opportunity to join one of the firm’s main practice areas which include finance, corporate, capital markets, litigation & dispute resolution, real estate and tax, pensions and employment incentives.

The launch of the programme comes at a time of increasing convergence between the legal and tech world. Michael Bates, regional managing partner said: “We know we must continually challenge ourselves to guide our clients through game-changing opportunities and risks, both now and into the future. Law tech is changing the face of our industry and we want to be at the forefront of that change. We’re committed to driving a culture that embraces digital thinking across each of our practice areas and we hope that these trainees will go on to make significant change in their practice areas upon qualifying.”

Five individuals will be recruited for the pilot programme, with applications welcome from law and non-law students with a passion for law and technology.

For application details and further information about IGNITE, please visit the firms website.

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