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The people we look for come from a variety of backgrounds who have the right intellect, motivation and personal qualities to succeed as an international lawyer with us. We don't compromise on quality, but we do take a broad view on what that quality looks like.
Our key selection criteria
Cover commercial awareness, problem-solving ability, communication skills, leadership potential and an aptitude for relationship-building. Ultimately our selection process isn't about you fitting into a Clifford Chance mould; it's about your conviction that this is the place where you can do your best work and build the career you want.
As an undergraduate, you'll need a strong academic record. We may also consider your application if there are other aspects to your background and achievements that mark you out as an exceptional performer.
Initially you should fill out our online application form. This is the first stage in a selection process that also includes the Watson Glaser test and assessment days at our Canary Wharf offices in London.
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Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
Where bright minds meet
We are a truly pioneering law firm. Working together, we offer incomparable legal expertise.
Our firm spans jurisdictions, cultures, languages. In a world where commercial success increasingly relies on globalisation, we offer clients a truly international perspective.
Our work is complex, challenging, exhilarating. We work with multinationals, governments and regulatory bodies. Many of our deals are newsworthy. Often they demand specific knowledge that only international, cross-practice teams can provide.
Our reputation in the field is formidable. We have more band 1 rankings than any other firm in Chambers Global 2019. That's why organisations turn to us not just for legal expertise but also for advice on their most critical business issues.
Come from remarkably diverse backgrounds. Many who join us have studied law. Many haven't. What they share is a sense of togetherness. Client challenges rarely fall within one practice area, so specialists at every level work together to cut through the most complex of problems. Whatever their background, it's their combined ambition, intellect and entrepreneurial spirit that set them apart.
Stretches beyond training contracts and vacation schemes. You'll work on high profile deals. You'll learn from established experts. You'll take real responsibility. It's a refreshing and stimulating environment. One where your unique talents will have the space to shine, develop and make an impact.
A unique opportunity for exceptional first-year students and second-year students of a four-year course to gain an insider's view into what a career in law can look like. The five-day paid scheme is fast-paced, dynamic and packed full of exciting opportunities, including a visit to one of our European offices. It can also lead you straight to a training contract.
Are a brilliant way for both law and non-law students to experience the life and work of a lawyer. You get a rich experience, with training exercises, social events and contact with both trainees and qualified lawyers. Most importantly, you'll take real responsibility and work on high profile deals. If you have relevant language skills, we'll also offer you a two week placement in an overseas office.
Open days are filled with presentations and networking opportunities. You'll meet trainees, lawyers and partners. The graduate recruitment team will take you through how to make the very best application. We'll ensure you leave with all of your questions answered.
Applying is straighforward, so if you are considering a career with us, secure your place now.
We've designed the training contract to give you the breadth of experience you need to emerge as a confident business adviser. Your four rotations will include seats in our core areas of finance, corporate and capital markets, plus one other.
In addition to this, there are client secondments, international secondments and split-seat opportunities along the way. This ensures you get the widest range of exposure to our business while meeting the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). We aim to offer you the flexibilty to drive your training contract forward in a way that best suits you.
From the moment you start your training contract, you'll have immense direct and indirect support.
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Banking & finance
Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Capital markets lawyers work with transactions involving the issue of debt or equity securities to the public or investors.
Commercial property/real estate
Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves advising on the most tax-efficient means of acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Commercial litigation involves the resolution of disputes in the corporate and commercial sphere.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
This area of legal practice involves advising financial services clients on the myriad regulations that affect their sector.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Insurance and reinsurance is an integral part of commercial activity throughout the world.
IP barristers advise on issues that range from commercial exploitation and infringement disputes to IP rights in large commercial transactions.
The term ‘Islamic finance’ refers to a system of banking that is consistent with Sharia law.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Shipping & trade
Contentious shipping law involves contractual issues such as bill of lading and charterparty disputes while non-contentious work includes ship finance and commercial agreements.
Phone: 020 7006 4005
|Number of work placements:||60|
|Minimum qualification:||Strong and consistent academics|
|Profit per partner:||£1,078,000 (2012)|
|Retention rate:||81% (2013)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
|Has overseas secondments:||Yes|
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