Get the inside buzz from graduates at Clifford Chance

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2015)
"The firm is visionary and forward-thinking, and is a diverse and great workplace."
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...

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

"The firm is very dedicated to providing good training - legal as well as business..."

"Each trainee gets two appraisals during a seat - mid-seat and end-of-seat appraisal...."

"We definitely have one of the best office spaces of any business. At Clifford Chance,..."

"In my experience, there's an expectation that unless you're working until 4:00am..."

"Pay is now better than other Magic Circle firms, (at a more junior level). Trainees..."

"Dinner is provided after 7:00pm, taxis are provided after 9:00pm in winter and 10:00pm..."

"I applied for a vacation scheme in 2010 and the assessment process involved two online..."

"Questions can change depending on the interview, and mine ultimately turned into..."

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

"We have an active LGBT department and, from what I've seen, the firm is good with..."

"Each deal that I am staffed on is top quality. Good trainees are trusted with high..."

"Drafting a charities articles, community volunteering with local schools and pro..."

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

"The hours and total lack of consideration for a work/life balance."

"The global reputation of Clifford Chance is unquestionable; the firm is simply excellent...."

"It's difficult to be kept on if you want to do something relatively specialised -..."

"We pay the highest uplift to international secondees of any international law firm..."

"Top tier with an incredible culture."

"The firm runs a lot of open days for applicants from less privileged backgrounds...."

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

"Slightly more predictable hours."

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