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Founded in 1946 by lawyers committed to legal excellence, internationalism and diversity, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a leading international law firm with 16 closely integrated offices located in major financial and political centres around the world. For more than 60 years, the firm has been pre-eminent in shaping the internationalisation of the legal profession. Our ‘one firm’ approach enables us to deliver all our resources to
all our clients, wherever in the world they may be.

Core areas of practice in London are mergers and acquisitions, financing and restructuring, capital markets, international litigation and arbitration, and competition. In addition, there are successful self-standing practices in tax, financial regulation and intellectual property and information technology.

We look for candidates who are enthusiastic about the practice of law in a challenging and dynamic international setting. While academic excellence is a pre-requisite, we place particular emphasis on recruiting candidates with whom we and our clients will enjoy working. A sense of humour is as important as the ability to think critically and creatively about cutting-edge legal issues.

We do not believe in a ‘one size fits all’ training solution. By recruiting 12-15 trainees each year, we are able to offer bespoke training that is tailored to our trainees’ interests, experience and aptitudes. Nor do we believe that the transition from trainee solicitor to associate occurs overnight on qualification. So, we encourage our trainee solicitors to accept increased responsibility as soon as they are ready to do so. Given appropriate levels of supervision and support, trainees operate as lawyers from the day that they join us.

Candidates for trainee solicitor positions should apply before 31 July, two years in advance of the year in which the training contract is due to commence. All candidates should submit a cover letter and full curriculum vitae via the firm’s website, including details of all public examination results.

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