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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2015)
"International, friendly, meritocratic."
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...

"Be very up to speed with current affairs, and show the ability to approach issues..."

"Not much hierarchy - Partners and Senior Associates are friendly and approachable,..."

"We get very good training from CC Academy and individual departments. Quality of..."

"My supervisors have been very supportive and happy to answer questions and the feedback..."

"The office space, location and facilities are amazing! They have a great view, awesome..."

"Hours can be long, but the quality of the work is great. There is no 'face-time'..."

"Trainees don't receive bonuses which is a shame. The pay is good, though perhaps..."

"Free tickets to the O2 arena if they aren't being used by clients. Free taxis and..."

"The interview process was intense but not unpleasant - the people who interviewed..."

"It is very important not to fumble through the standard questions (e.g. why law,..."

"There are lots of recycling bins."

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

"My role is consistent with what you would expect from a Magic Circle firm. Tasks..."

"I have worked at a free legal advice clinic and for the International Law Book Facility...."

"Training, colleagues, secondment opportunities."

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

"The firm's culture, practice areas, people and diversity policy were all factors..."

"The firm has very high retention rates although certain departments are very competitive..."

"Clifford Chance is the youngest of the Magic Circle firms."

"High-profile clients and cases. Great on your CV."

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

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

"A little more control on key decisions in terms of the seats would be nice."

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