Clifford Chance Clifford Chance

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  • Places: Up to 100

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  • Total employees: 6,627

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Who are we

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. We look for individuals, not for ‘typical lawyers’. We’re focused, but we know how to have fun. And we collaborate. At every level. Which makes this a brilliant place to learn. To find your feet quickly. To get ahead.

So, are you ready?

What we do and where:

We give expert legal advice on every aspect of commercial law. And our clients? From infamous corporations, governments and global banks, to not-for-profits and charities, we help just about everyone with our specialist knowledge and skills. 

That variety definitely makes life here interesting. As does the scale and scope of what we do. 

Our work covers Corporate; Global Financial Markets; Real Estate; Litigation & Dispute Resolution; plus Tax, Pensions & Employment.

And when it comes to where we are, we work in major financial centres across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

How you can get involved:

You don’t need a law degree to join us. (About half of our trainees come from non-law backgrounds.) What matters is that you’re resilient, curious, creative and open to new challenges. You’re someone who loves to learn. A great problem solver. A smart thinker. You’re commercially-savvy, solutions-oriented and up for working as part of a close-knit team.

One of the ways you can show us you have what it takes is to experience life here before you apply for your Training Contract. You can explore the possibilities available by attending one of our virtual events or completing one of our free Global Virtual Internships – open to everyone. These offer unparalleled access to legal resources whilst revealing the people and culture in a way that has never been done before.

Training Contract & IGNITE

Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, offering local and global clients expert advice on all aspects of commercial law. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across five continents and seven practice areas.

As a trainee at Clifford Chance you will undertake seats in at least four of these practice areas. Three of your seats will be in our core areas of Finance, Corporate and Capital Markets. One seat could be an international secondment, client secondment or split seat. You will therefore gain wide exposure to our business which will allow you to determine which area you would like to qualify into as an England and Wales qualified lawyer.

SPARK scheme

Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, offering local and global clients expert advice on all aspects of commercial law. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across five continents and seven practice areas.

SPARK is an award-winning and unique opportunity to gain an unparalleled introduction to the world of commercial law, undertaking classroom based learning alongside work shadowing in a practice area. You may even secure a Training Contract by the end of your first year of university (or second year if you are on a four-year degree).

ACCESS

Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, offering local and global clients expert advice on all aspects of commercial law. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across five continents and seven practice areas.

Through ACCESS, Clifford Chance is committed to ensuring that anyone who wants to enter the world of law has an equal chance to do so, regardless of their background. The scheme is an introduction to a career in law, so you will meet and interact with professionals from every level of our business – from trainees and recently qualified associates to Partners and recruitment specialists.

And it does not just end there. We will keep in regular contact with you following the scheme, you will have access to mentors at the firm and you will be invited back for events and a reunion before you head off for university.

Salary & Benefits

First year trainee: £48,600

Second year trainee: £54,000

You can also expect to enjoy a comprehensive benefits package – one that includes:

  • Free gym membership
  • Pension scheme
  • On-site healthcare
  • Private healthcare scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Cycle-to-work scheme
  • Dental plan
  • International secondments
  • Concierge services
  • Free meals (after a certain time)

 

Useful links

Sustainable Recruitment Alliance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiBjN4nnXTo

LIFT: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DR5wWGEuQIU

Global Virtual Internships: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7o_5oxJSks&feature=youtu.be

Events Hub:
https://careers.cliffordchance.com/london/what-we-offer/events-hub.html

Podcasts:
https://www.cliffordchance.com/careers/working-at-clifford-chance/the-clifford-chance-careers-podcast.html

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