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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2015)
"A global full service law firm, employing an international community of like-minded legal professionals."
Pros: 
  • 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
Cons: 
  • 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
Culture
8.5 / 10
 
Formal Training
9.2 / 10
 
Offices & Dress
9.1 / 10
 
Hours
6.5 / 10
 
Salary
7.9 / 10
 
 
Diversity
9.3 / 10
 
Pro Bono
9.1 / 10
 
 

What insiders say about...

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

"As much as it can, CC values work/life balance. There is no 'face-time' policy, which..."

"The training is good, but I feel that a lot of it is a bit of information overload...."

"I have found that both solicitors and partners are very supportive, and they are..."

"Whilst in Canary Wharf, the offices are great and the facilities are unrivalled...."

"If you are open and transparent with people then everyone will work to accommodate..."

"The package provided at Clifford Chance tops those of many others, and the firm strives..."

"The best perks involve free tickets to O2 events in our corporate box, a free gym..."

"There were two rounds of online questions followed by an assessment day consisting..."

"I was asked to look at a scenario where a company was buying another and think about..."

"The office has various green initiatives, details of which can be found on the w..."

"Clifford Chance appears to be one of the most diverse of the Magic Circle firms."

"I have lots of client interaction. My day-to-day responsibilities include drafting,..."

"There is so much pro bono work that you could complete your whole training contract..."

"The global and high-level nature of the work is really beneficial, as is the openness..."

"Difficult to get the seats you want. Not a great work/life balance."

"Clifford Chance is recognised as being the best, and it gave me the opportunity to..."

"You can only be confident of being kept on as an NQ if you are applying to the large..."

"The firm has its own indoor swimming pool, art club and theatre club through which..."

"Friendly, intelligent, interesting and all very different!"

"The firm supports a number of programmes that aim to encourage people from less privileged..."

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

"The culture in some departments re: staying later than needed."

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