Get the inside buzz from graduates at Clifford Chance

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2015)
"Overall, the firm is friendly, hard-working, interesting and challenging."
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...

"Read the FT and be generally aware of what is going on in the world and what the..."

"Clifford Chance tend to be quite a social team both in and after office hours. While..."

"Training varies between departments, but is often of a high standard, if a little..."

"Solicitors are very accessible, Partners are approachable, and have always taken..."

"Large, spacious and with lots of facilities. The dress code is very informal, you..."

"Hours are unpredictable and do involve working late regularly (around 9/10:00pm)...."

"Pay is amongst the top for UK firms. Bonuses are not paid to trainees, but I think..."

"Perks include: a gym, swimming pool, free dinners, cultural events, subsidised singing..."

"The process is very rigorous and comprised an online test and interviews but the..."

"I was asked news-related questions, and had to persuade my interviewers why I should..."

"The firm does care have a number of green initiatives, although the nature of legal..."

"Clifford Chance is very collegiate and inclusive. It stands by its reputation of..."

"I have extensive client contact at work, and I am running transactional processes,..."

"The firm is really very committed and all trainees have to say how many hours they've..."

"I feel that my queries are heard and addressed and the graduate development are incredibly..."

"Non-existent work/life balance."

"I chose CC as it seemed to be the friendliest Magic Circle firm."

"Declining in recent years, though still very good. However, if you want to train..."

"There is significant 'unconscious bias' on the part of the partners in who they ..."

"International, global leader, cutting-edge work."

"We are associated with various schemes and charities. the firm also runs competitions..."

"I think, as a trainee, the job is more pressured than stressful - deadlines are often..."

"Giving trainees more control over which departments they spend their time in during..."