• International Law Firms
  • Manchester, London



  • 0207 876 5000
  • The St Botolph Building
    138 Houndsditch
    EC3A 7AR


Clyde & Co is a leading, sector-focused global law firm with 440 partners, 1800 lawyers, 2500 legal professionals and 4000 staff in over 50 offices and associated offices worldwide. The firm specialises in the sectors that move, build and power our connected world and the insurance that underpins it, namely: transport, infrastructure, energy, trade & commodities and insurance. With a strong focus on developed and emerging markets, the firm has achieved compound average annual revenue growth of 13% over the last ten years, making it one of the fastest growing law firms in the world with ambitious plans for further growth. We view diversity and inclusion as critical to the international nature of our business and have created a working environment where people from different backgrounds can flourish. We run a number of vacation schemes in our London and Manchester offices each year, during which students join us for two weeks and learn about the firm and how the law is applied to our core sectors. We also run Bright Futures – a nine month programme aimed at first year law and second year non law students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds – and insight days during which students join us for a day in the office to gain insight into the culture and work of the firm.

Main areas of work:

Clyde & Co advise clients across our five core global sectors: insurance, energy, trade & commodities, infrastructure, transportation. Other areas of expertise include: banking & financing, corporate disputes, cyber security, education, emerging markets, employment, financial services, fraud, healthcare, hospitality, intellectual property, litigation, pensions, real estate, trade sanctions.

Diversity and inclusion: 

The firm wishes to attract, develop and retain a diverse workforce that is fully representative of the communities and rich cultures in which we live and work. This requires us to promote and share an inclusive culture for all our employees, where everyone feels respected and has the opportunity to contribute to the success of the business. We have a range of internal D&I networks including:

  • GECCO - Gender Equality at Clyde & Co

  • ACED - Achieving Ethnic and Cultural Diversity

  • Wellness & Disability

  • Pryde - our LGBT+ network

Pro bono initiavites: Clyde & Co has a policy that up to 50 hours of firm-approved pro bono activities will be credited towards fee earners' billable targets. These hours will be treated as chargeable work in this context. This allowance applies to all fee earners globally. There are many pro bono opportunities, including trainee-led initiatives such as our Climate Change Group.

Training Contract

Clyde & Co recruit exclusively through the vacations scheme for the training contact. There are training contract opportunities in London, Manchester, Newcastle, Scotland and the Middle East. Across all locations there are usually between 35-45 training contracts on offer, with the majority being sat in London. 

The firm is looking for candidates who combine an excellent academic track record with strong commercial acumen and a practical approach to problem-solving. Trainees need to communicate effectively and build relationships with both clients and colleagues.

You will gain early responsibility with opportunities to develop your skills through close personal supervision and a wide range of training courses. You will undertake four six-month seats, which will cover both contentious and transactional work. You may choose to be seconded to one of our international offices, or have the opportunity to undertake a client secondment. The combination of a wide variety of practice areas, local offices, international and client opportunities means you'll have the chance to have a broad range of exposure to our whole network.

Vacation Scheme

Clyde & Co offers vacation schemes during summer (London, Manchester, Scotland).

All applications are screened and candidates take part in an assessment centre day. There are a maximum of eight candidates per assessment centre. Candidates undertake a group exercise, as well as an interview with a member of the graduate team/HR and either an associate, a senior associate or a legal director. 

Vacation scheme attendees spend two weeks sitting in one of the firm's departments and are allocated a supervisor, a trainee buddy and an associate mentor. There will be the opportunity to network across the firm as a variety of social events take place.

Salary & Benefits

There are opportunities for international, regional and client secondments during the training contract. 

Trainee Salaries and Grants:


Year 1: £38,000

Year 2: £40,000

Newly Qualified: £68,000


Year 1: £24,500

Year 2: £26,500

Newly Qualified:



Clyde & Co's academic criteria is set at AAB at A level with a 'strong' 2:1 degree (mitigating circumstances are taken into account alongside the Rare contextualised recruitment system), and a commendation for the GDL (if applicable) and LPC.


Applications for the vacation scheme open on the 1st October 2020 are open until 3rd January 2021. Assessment centres will take place in early 2021. 

Please visit our Graduate website to apply online using the 'apply' button.

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