Meet Jonas, a Trainee Solicitor

Studied Law at the University of Oxford


Jonas Black

Trainee Solicitor

Clifford Chance

Why Clifford Chance?

I wanted to train at a market-leading firm that gave me the chance to be the best lawyer I can be, while still having a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. After completing a vacation scheme here, I knew Clifford Chance was a perfect fit.

What have you enjoyed most?

Having the opportunity to learn from some of the smartest people I have met. It really is a great place to train and work on market-leading deals, and it's true that no two days are the same.

What's the best piece of work you've been involved in?

The most exciting deal I've worked on so far was the takeover of a leading multinational company listed on the FTSE 250 index of the London Stock Exchange. I had the opportunity to work closely with various professionals including investment bankers to guide our client through their takeover. It was exciting to be able to work on such an interesting transaction and read about it in newspapers once the deal became public.

What kind of training have you been given?

Every day is a learning day. While we have formal training for each new seat, I have learned an immense amount from the exposure I have had to client matters.

What makes Clifford Chance a great place to work?

People at Clifford Chance are welcoming and supportive. While the partners and senior lawyers are market leaders in their field, they are down to earth and approachable, which makes the office a friendly, relaxed place to work.

What are the most important qualities you need to be a lawyer?

The most important qualities are attention to detail and a desire to always be challenged. A career in law often involves big sacrifices, but if you enjoy what you do and want to learn then a Training Contract is perfect for you.

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