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Clyde & Co LLP

45 vacancies
96 trainees
440 partners
4000 staff

Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a focus on the insurance, infrastructure, energy, transport and trade & commodities sectors.

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Apply before 3 January 2022 for Clyde & Co Bright Futures.

Apply before 3 January 2022 for 2022 vacation schemes.

Please note open days applications are rolling and there is no set deadline.

To obtain information on how to apply, please visit our website:

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so an early application is encouraged.

Applications to

Ms Jessica Jones

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Partner interview
  • Written exercise

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: transport, infrastructure, energy, trade and commodities, and insurance.

With a strong focus on developed and emerging markets, the firm is one of the fastest growing law firms in the world with ambitious plans for further growth.

Whilst we operate at the very highest level of our profession and are respected around the world for our expertise, we have created a friendly, open and dynamic environment in which our lawyers enjoy working and can realise their own personal ambitions.

To find out what it is like to work at Clyde & Co LLP read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.

London and Manchester vacation schemes

London summer one;

London summer two; and

Manchester summer.

Applications deadline: 3 January 2022

Clyde & Co Bright Futures programme: 22 March – 26 March 2022

Applications deadline: 3 January 2022

Aimed at first-year law students and penultimate-year non-law students this scheme is designed to give you your first taste into working life at an international law firm.

You will spend one week sitting in one of our departments where you will shadow one of our expert lawyers in your chosen field. This will give you the opportunity to observe sophisticated legal transactions, develop an understanding of our core industry sectors and learn how we assist our clients achieve their commercial objectives.

You will be allocated a trainee buddy who will assist you with any tasks that you are assigned and who be on hand to provide day-to-day advice.

A variety of social events will also give you the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the firm and give you an insight into our people and culture.

You will receive continuous mentoring and coaching throughout the year on completion of the programme. Engagement with Clyde & Co will continue on completion of the work placement and strong performers will have the opportunity to be fast tracked through to our vacation scheme assessment centre the following year.

We offer one spring and two summer vacation schemes in London as well as a summer vacation scheme in Manchester. Our vacation schemes provide a fantastic opportunity for you to gain experience and find out more about Clyde & Co first-hand.

Vacation schemes are aimed at penultimate-year law students and final-year non-law students. Vacation schemes are also open to candidates who are currently studying for the GDL or LPC, or who are considering a career change.

Our schemes provide an opportunity for candidates to meet lawyers at every level, undertake a variety of work, and experience the real differences between academic study and legal practice.

For further details please visit our website If your application is successful you will be invited to attend an assessment centre where you will be interviewed by a member of the graduate recruitment team and a fee-earner.

We welcome applications from both law and non-law students who combine excellent academic results with strong commercial acumen and a practical approach to problem-solving. Trainees need to have the social skills to enable them to communicate effectively and build relationships with clients and colleagues. We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds who can contribute fresh thinking and share an international outlook. An eye for detail allied with sharp analytical skills, discerning judgement and commercial acumen as well as a strong sense of motivation are a must.

Our trainees are extremely important to us. We recruit to retain and invest significantly in all of our trainees' development, education and future. We have a relatively small intake comparative to our size and we value your individuality – you're not just a number to us but an integral part of the firm's future. You will gain early responsibility and be supported through close personal supervision and day-to-day coaching complemented by a wide range of training courses. You will undertake four six-month seats which will cover both transactional and contentious work. You may also be seconded to one of our overseas offices or have the opportunity for a client secondment.

The interview process includes an assessment centre where you will be interviewed by two partners.

For more information and to view a copy of our brochure please visit our website at

We pay full fees for the GDL and LPC as well as a maintenance grant.

  • Professional & commercial disputes
  • Employment
  • General corporate
  • Corporate insurance
  • Projects & construction
  • Casualty & healthcare
  • Marine
  • Construction & energy insurance
  • Catastrophic injury
  • International trade/arbitration
  • Aviation litigation
  • Property
  • Banking
  • Ship finance
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

The St Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AR
Phone: 020 7876 5555
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 80
Minimum qualification: AAB at A level and strong 2.1 degree
Start salary: £42,000
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
  • SQE
Turnover: £650,000,000 (2021)
Profit per partner: £708,000 (2021)
Training contract applications: 1,850 (2022)
Retention rate: 71% (2022)
Partner diversity:
  • 64.0% male (2022)
  • 36.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 40.0% male (2022)
  • 60.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Charities
  • Insurance companies
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Dar es Salaam
  • Dubai
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle
  • Guildford
  • Leeds
  • Bristol
  • Edinburgh
  • Aberdeen
  • Dundee
  • Glasgow
  • BPP Legal Advice Clinic
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Environmental Law Foundation
  • Free Representation Unit
  • LawWorks
  • PILnet (Public Interest Law)
  • The National Pro Bono Centre
  • The Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau
  • TrustLaw Connect
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Bright Network
  • City Solicitors' Educational Trust
  • Pathways to Law
  • Rare Recruitment
  • The Switch