Meet Kingsley, a Trainee Solicitor

Studied Law at the University of Leeds

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Kingsley Duru

Trainee Solicitor

Clifford Chance

Why Clifford Chance?

Clifford Chance is a top tier law firm, working across a huge number of jurisdictions and practice areas. I pursued a career in law due to my broader interest in business, and I knew that training at Clifford Chance would allow me exposure to the some of the best strategic and business minds, both through the lawyers I would be learning from and through the calibre of clients the firm attracts. Such training would allow for the best possible start to my career as a lawyer.

When were you introduced to the Firm?

During my second year at university, I attended an event on campus, which Clifford Chance was hosting.

What have you enjoyed most?

The opportunity to work with and learn from market leaders, both within the legal industry and clients within their respective industries.

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

I was delighted to be part of the Private Equity team that advised on the sale of Creed to Kering. This was particularly special on two fronts. Firstly, I was fortunate to have been part of the deal development from its kick-off to its signing. The deal team was fantastic, allowing me to take on responsibility very early on. Secondly, the transaction captured significant mainstream attention, appearing in the FT, Reuters and various other news agencies. I'm proud that I can refer to that deal as my first signing as a Trainee!

Are you involved with any of the Firm's networks?

I am involved in the REACH Network – currently assisting with the planning of our Black History Month event in October. Separately, I am helping with the African Counsel Forum, whereby our London Office will welcome over 70 local counsels we engage and work with across our Clifford Chance network.

What makes Clifford Chance a great place to work?

Working at Clifford Chance provides a rare opportunity to receive some of the best training, from market leading lawyers, working on a broad range of interesting projects for huge industry clients, without compromising on the type of culture which supports a long-term and sustainable career. I genuinely enjoy my job at Clifford Chance, and it is the combination of everything above that makes that possible.

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

While curiosity, tenacity, attention to detail and a strong work ethic are all important qualities in junior lawyers, I have found that open-mindedness and confidence have been the traits that have allowed me to truly maximise the experience of my Training Contract. I would advise future lawyers to learn to be unafraid to ask questions, put their hands up for work, and initiate and actively engage in conversations that interest them.

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