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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2015)
"The firm is cohesive, vibrant and demanding."
8.5 / 10
Formal Training
9.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.1 / 10
6.5 / 10
7.9 / 10
9.3 / 10
Pro Bono
9.1 / 10


  • Trainees are exposed to very high level deals and are able to learn a lot from them
  • A good level of responsibility is available for those who work hard
  • Salaries are generous as the firm strives to be the top paying Magic Circle firm
  • The firm has a well-structured training programme to help employees develop their skills


  • There can be some pressure to stay late and work longer hours
  • Seat allocation processes could be more transparent
  • Hours may be quite unpredictable at times
  • Supervision is sometimes lacking for those on overseas secondments

What insiders say about...

"Self motivated, highly academic and commercially savvy. The firm expects that all..."

"I can't imagine that many places create the atmosphere that exists at Clifford Chance...."

"The firm has very structured training programmes: both general and within specific..."

"It is down to the trainee to strike up a good relationship with a partner or an associate...."

"The facilities are impeccable and are being refurbished too. The office culture also..."

"You have to work late if the deal requires (which it often does). Generally during..."

"Pay is great. Looking forward to the large NQ pay rise."

"International secondments are the best perk: a paid flat is provided abroad, plus..."

"The application process consists of an online application form and numerous online..."

"I was asked why I wanted to become a commercial lawyer and to describe a recent business..."

"There are lots of recycling bins."

"Diversity is a work in progress for the legal profession and CC definitely takes..."

"I have been given a great deal of responsibility and have attended a number of client..."

"I have worked on a number of projects for Advocates for International Development..."

"The gym, the work and the infrastructure."

"Pressure to be on the ball all the time."

"I think CC is the best of the Magic Circle law firms and I really like its inter..."

"Historically, retention has been very strong. However, I feel that the numbers will..."

"Great cookies. And a great gym to deal with the great cookies."

"Aiming to be best in class."

"There are lots of local initiatives in the Tower Hamlets area, etc."

"Part of working in a highly charged and pressured environment is stress. It's not..."

"Increasing the seat numbers on offer would benefit trainees."

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