Get the inside buzz from graduates at Clifford Chance

8.5 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 25 ratings in 2015)
""Practically Perfect" (a client quote) - Mary Poppins inspired."
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...

"There are two interviews and online tests in the application process. I would advise..."

"Friendly, social and approachable colleagues who are always willing to stop and explain..."

"The resources and continuous courses are fantastic and ensure continuing development..."

"Every supervisor I have had has been friendly and approachable. I have always felt..."

"I enjoy being in Canary Wharf, as everything is so convenient and accessible once..."

"No 'face-time' but if on a transaction have to put in the hours."

"Clifford Chance pays the same or better than other MC firms. Trainees in firms like..."

"We have a free gym in-house and are able to attend free classes at the gym as we..."

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

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

"Clifford Chance is good at considering the environment and has made efforts in this..."

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

"Very good quality of work. Less responsibility in some departments but mostly, if..."

"Pro-bono extends from the usual free legal advice to working with the homeless in..."

"I attend yoga classes in the in-office gym with a great external instructor who comes..."

"My long hours have been a drawback for me at times."

"I chose CC for the overall inclusive culture with top notch work, the best clients,..."

"Think it is around 70% at the moment. I guess could be a more transparent process..."

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

"A global full service law firm, employing an international community of like-minded..."

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

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

"More substantive feedback on a regular basis."

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