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Clifford Chance is a global law firm based in London with offices in most major business centres.

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About Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is a truly pioneering law firm. Working together, it offers incomparable legal expertise.

This is what the firm's six practice areas provide. As a trainee, you'll gain first-hand experience of exactly how. You'll have the opportunity to work in three practice areas - Finance, Corporate and Capital Markets - as well as the possibility of others. Here you'll gain insights into global deals, high profile clients and the fundamentally collaborative culture. As an important team member, you'll also be honing your legal and business skills

Your Career

What to expect

The firm works with multinationals, governments and regulatory bodies. Many of its deals are newsworthy. Often they demand specific knowledge that only international, cross-practice teams can provide.

Here are some recent examples. The company has advised Santander on the sale of its stake in Thames Water to the China Investment Corporation. Clifford Chance was appointed by the Supreme Committee for Qatar 2022 on their bid for the FIFA World Cup. In addition it advised Royal Dutch Shell on its US$4.4bn acquisition of part of Repsol's LNG portfolio.

The people come from remarkably diverse backgrounds. Many who join 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.

The Offer...

The offer stretches beyond training contracts, vacation schemes, insight workshops. 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.


From the moment you start your Training Contract, you'll have immense direct and indirect support. A two-week induction will give you an overview of the firm's practices, its collaborative culture and innovative approach to meeting clients' needs. 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 (usually an associate) in each seat.

Every experience will add to your commercial and legal knowledge as you work with and learn from the people around you. You'll also have access to the award-winning Clifford Chance Academy. This pioneering resource develops innovative learning tools that will support you throughout your career. Courses are taught by respected internal and external experts. There are even talks from clients to put your learning into context.

You'll also have a range of other people to turn to for support throughout your Training Contract. The Graduate Development team, your supervisor, the Legal Services Manager, a Career Development Partner - all will be available to act as mentors and advisers on a full range of subjects.