Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Clifford Chance

The Lex 100 verdict on Clifford Chance

Magic Circle firm Clifford Chance’s countless tier 1 Legal 500 rankings didn’t go unnoticed by trainees. A ‘strong reputation across practice areas, in particular litigation’ appealed to those who ‘want to see all types of work within one firm’. But Clifford Chance’s distinguishing feature is undoubtedly its ‘genuine commitment to diversity’: ‘it actually works on being actively inclusive’ and trainees are made to feel that ‘you can be who you really are – there is no stereotype’. Several respondents had sampled the vacation scheme, for which CC has earned a Lex 100 Winner award, and ‘clicked immediately with the people’ who are ‘brilliant at what they do and make for wonderful colleagues to learn from’. Recruits even went as far as to say that ‘everyone has a desire to push you to become the best version of yourself on some of the best deals out there’. Clifford Chance has also been awarded Lex 100 Winner gongs for quality of work, salary, approachability of supervisors, living up to expectations, inclusiveness and international secondments, . Unsurprisingly for a City firm, ‘the hours and stress can get intense at times, especially when working on fast-paced, big-ticket transactions’ and ‘the separation between working and non-working time can be very blurred’. Some respondents feel as though they are ‘on call 24/7’, and ‘working entire weekends’ is certainly not unheard of. The reward for this hard work comes in the form of highlights such as ‘working on multiple closings across various jurisdictions in a single day’ and ‘being involved in a major hostile takeover – it was an amazing couple of months full of drama and adrenaline’. To work at a ‘forward-looking, dynamic firm’ with an unmistakeable international focus, take a closer look at Clifford Chance.

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Laura De Arroyo: I was a little worried I wouldn’t be able to tick all the right boxes – that my story, everything that shapes and defines me, wouldn’t be suitable for a law firm. But Clifford Chance has given me the chance to use everything I have to my advantage, and to carve out a career for myself. No one here is conventional. Authenticity is key. There are former pilots, marines, professional artists and musicians. When I was younger, I thought I was going to be a scientist. But an internship in IP and litigation really sparked my imagination. I knew I could use the law to help scientific research organisations overcome regulatory hurdles and innovate. I’ve already received outstanding training and unconditional support to follow my interests and passions at Clifford Chance. I know I’m in a safe space to harness the skills I have and bring my background and expertise to the table.

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About the firm

Senior partner: Jeroen Ouwehand

Managing partner: Matthew Layton

Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Newcastle, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington

Who we are: We’re a leading global corporate law firm, but we’re not a typical one. Far from it. Life here means doing the best work for exceptional clients while being yourself.

What we do: We offer legal expertise across a broad spectrum of commercial issues. And we have a diverse mix of clients.

What we’re looking for: Someone resilient, curious, creative and open to new challenges. Someone who loves to learn. A great problem-solver. A smart thinker.

What you’ll do: When you start each seat, you’ll have in-depth training in that sector. This will bring you up to speed with the issues and challenges you’re likely to face. You’ll also have a dedicated supervisor in each seat and have regular meetings with the graduate development team.

Inclusion and diversity

At Clifford Chance we see inclusion as a core value of the firm and also of the law.

We understand that diversity and inclusion are good for our staff and their families, our firm and our clients, and society. We believe that to help achieve these values we have to be champions of and campaigners for them across our firm, with our clients and in the world.

We see inclusion as an intrinsic value of our firm. It is a matter of justice. It is also a core part of our identity. Our history as a firm has been anchored in innovative and diverse cultures and approaches which have both disrupted traditional attitudes and set global standards.

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