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8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2015)
"Business savvy and ready to work"
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...

"Our firm looks to hire well rounded 'individuals' therefore it is important to be..."

"There is good cooperation at the firm and lots of socialising though this is most..."

"I have been provided with a number of training sessions, which have been enhancing..."

"Training and mentoring is generally very good. Trainees receive appraisals every..."

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

"I find that my working hours can be unpredictable, but they are not too bad overall...."

"I receive a good level of pay and a bonus at Clifford Chance."

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

"There are various aptitude tests and case studies plus an interview - think carefully..."

"I was asked why I wanted to become a commercial lawyer and to describe a recent business..."

"Awareness of paper usage - posters in print rooms of Burj Khalifa and Central Park..."

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

"Trainees have great scope to become an integral member of the deal team in a transactional..."

"I have worked on a number of projects for Advocates for International Development..."

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

"The volume of work and the expectations from clients."

"I was encouraged to apply to the firm by the training on offer, the international..."

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

"When there's a Tube strike, you get a free breakfast if you get in before 9:30am...."

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

"The firm does a lot in this area - it works with different recruitment bodies and..."

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

"I would prefer a more transparent seat allocation process."

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