Get the inside buzz from graduates at Clifford Chance

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2015)
"Top tier with an incredible culture."
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 newspaper and have a basic understanding of how businesses work and what..."

"Work/life balance is exactly as predicted and culture is very much that everyone..."

"Training on offer, both overall and in the departments, is excellent."

"There is a genuine 'open-door' policy and I have had support from the regular appraisal..."

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

"My working hours are pretty flexible, depending on the department. Transactional..."

"I am satisfied, but obviously compared to some American firms, the salary is not..."

"We get free tickets to the firm's box in the O2 arena, free client dinners, extra..."

"I did an online test after I submitted my application. On the assessment day, I had..."

"The interview was CV blind, and was about my university, extra-curricular activities..."

"I believe the firm encourages its employees to reduce energy losses (the lights turn..."

"I am really pleased how committed Clifford Chance is to diversity. You find people..."

"On a day-to-day basis I will be communicating with the client, and I was also fortunate..."

"I work with the Crisis and Peabody initiative, conducting mock interviews for adults..."

"The people and sociability. The buzz of new work and exciting projects. A real team..."

"I struggle to maintain a good work/life balance at times."

"I wanted to undertake great work at a highly reputable firm with a team spirit."

"In the last round of NQs (2015) the retention rate was 96% - pretty impressive."

"We are the only London firm which regularly serve Smarties cookies as part of its..."

"Live to work, not work to live."

"They have lots of pro bono programmes, such as their teaming up with Social Mobility..."

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

"More substantive feedback on a regular basis."

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