Trainee Solicitor

  • London
  • Posted 8 months ago
  • Salary: £48,000 - £54,000

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance – where curious minds meet

Are you someone who delves into  minute  details? Do you ask  ‘too many’  questions? Have you ever been told that you  ‘think too much’

At Clifford Chance, that makes you one of us. We’re a  world-leading  law firm, because we’ve never stopped being  curious. 

That’s why  infamous  local and global names come to us for expert advice on all aspects of commercial law. We have an  unrivalled  scale and depth of legal resources across  five  continents and  seven  practice areas. Plenty to keep your curiosity fed.

What will the job look like? 

You’ll start on seats in at least  four  practice areas. Three of your seats will be in our core areas of Finance, Corporate and Capital Markets. One seat could be an  international  secondment, client secondment or split seat. 

You’ll get  wide exposure  to our business, which will not only give you an  exemplary knowledge  of all things commercial law. It will also help you decide which area you would like to qualify into as an England and Wales qualified lawyer.

Your responsibilities

Whilst your experience on each seat will be very different, in all of them you’ll  develop your legal and business skills,  gain insight into our  high-profile clients  and enhance your commercial awareness.

Your tasks could include: drafting and proofing documents, conducting due diligence on a client’s acquisition target, attending client meetings, preparing documents for a court hearing, researching titles and leases on a real estate portfolio or creating a data room ahead of a major transaction. You may even run some smaller transactions for our clients.

You’ll be exposed to the best work available, plus you’ll be mentored by seasoned  experts  at the Clifford Chance Academy. Which is arguably the legal sector’s  leading in-house learning and development facility. 

At the start of each seat you’ll receive  specialised  training in that sector and a dedicated supervisor. 

Throughout your Training Contract, you’ll be closely supported, day-to-day and in regular scheduled check-ins with mentors, by the Graduate Development Team, Legal Support Manager and your monitoring partner.

Experience and skills

You don’t need prior legal experience or a law degree to apply. But we expect our trainees to be  problem-solvers  with strong communication skills and commercial acumen. We look for:

  • Business awareness

  • Leading and managing experience

  • Problem solving ability with commercial insight

  • Relationship building and networking

  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)

  • Ability to identify legal vs business issues

  • Our Training Contract is open to Law and non-Law students. If you have not studied a qualifying Law degree (as specified by the SRA) then you’ll need to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) prior to joining us as a trainee. 

    All future trainees will complete a LLM Commercial Legal Practice (LLM CLP) prior to starting their training contract. Both the GDL and LLM CLP are funded by Clifford Chance and we will provide a maintenance grant to use during your studies.

    Application process

    Applications open on  3rd August 2020  and close at  midnight on 10th December 2020  We do not recruit on a rolling basis and we do not review applications until after the deadline has passed.

    Shortly after submitting your application, you will receive an email from us asking you to complete  an online Watson Glaser critical reasoning assessment.  This takes approximately 30 minutes and should be completed within 5 days of receiving our email with instructions.

    The  assessment days  for Training Contracts will take place virtually from the week commencing  8th February 2021.  

    Find out more about us and the opportunities we offer on our website: 

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