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Clifford Chance is one of the world's pre-eminent law firms. With a global reach and thousands of lawyers working from dozens of offices around the world, we offer expert advice to clients on all aspects of commercial law.

We work with multinationals, governments and regulatory bodies across five continents. Many of our deals are newsworthy. Often, they demand the kind of knowledge that only international, cross-practice teams can provide.

Our reputation in the field is formidable. We have more band 1 rankings than any other firm in Chambers Global 2019. That's why organisations turn to us not just for legal expertise but also for advice on their most critical business issues.

It’s not enough to have an expert understanding of law. Our clients need people with real commercial acumen. People who can bring their insight and imagination to complex problems. People who can act as trusted business advisers and deliver the results that matter.

This is what our practice areas provide. As a trainee, you'll see for yourself exactly how, by having the opportunity to experience a variety of seats.

Whatever your path, you'll gain an insight into our global deals, our high-profile clients and our collaborative culture. As an integral member of the team, you'll also rapidly develop your legal and business skills.


Our finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. We provide optimal commercial and practical advice across the full range of financial products. We advise regulatory authorities, supranational bodies, governments and government agencies, and help to shape the market by working with market organisations to develop documentation, policy and best practice.

Hear from one of our Finance Partners, Jane Cheong, who talks about the growth of our Real Estate Finance practice as well as explaining what qualities she looks for in her trainees.

Capital Markets

The capital markets are an engine for growth, a major source of funding for businesses, banks and sovereign entities. As one of the top global advisers in this area, we advise clients on some of the market's most complex and innovative deals, whether raising money by issuing debt (usually bonds) or equity (shares), or through securitisation.

Bruce Kahl, one of our Partners in Capital Markets, talks you through one of his recent deals and the type of talent the Firm needs. 


Our corporate practice, handles some of the largest and most complex M&A transactions in the world. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia. Our clients include many of the world's leading companies, including more than half of the Global Fortune 500.

Herbert Swaniker

Associate, Corporate

"If you are able and you are willing, you're always given the opportunity to stand up and take ownership of quite important client-facing activities."

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Our global Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice is experienced in the full spectrum of litigation, dispute resolution and regulatory issues that our clients face. Our highly qualified teams are focused on resolving high risk litigation, international arbitration and regulatory investigations. We regularly represent clients in some of the largest and most significant actions. Maxine Mossman is passionate about future talent. Here she outlines the qualities she values in her new trainees.

Tax, Pensions, Employment & Incentives

We have one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. We're uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis.

We advise on a full spectrum of complex, high-profile issues including M&A, structured finance, tax risk management and complex real estate transactions.

Sonia Gilbert sheds some light on some of the expectations on new lawyers joining her practice.

Portia Wainman


"It's very rare to have a day when you don't have anything to do. There's constantly people coming to you and asking you to be involved in advisory or transactional work. You're constantly getting to see new deals and how they work from a number of different perspectives."

Real Estate

Our leading real estate practice, work with clients representing every aspect of the market – from investors, developers and occupiers to banks, insurance companies, private equity groups, funds and asset managers. We combine legal expertise and market knowledge to help our clients maximise property investments, from the initial acquisition through to sale. 

Alis Pay talks about the new challenges she faces all the time and how even as a partner, she never stops learning. 

Melissa Sykes

Associate, Real Estate

"At any one time I could be on five or six different transactions. Anything from development work, negotiating leases, being involved with energy projects. I work for a variety of different partners and different teams."


In this group, we advise national and international enterprises on European antitrust and competition law issues. Our team includes lawyers who are experts in different industry sectors with considerable knowledge of the relevant markets and competition law regulations affecting our clients. We also maintain a very close relationship with the relevant European Commission authorities and our office in Brussels. Our work includes advice on concentrations, restrictive practices, inspections, claims, corporate strategy and regulatory compliance.

Global Tech Group

Our Tech Group is an integrated, multi-disciplinary team of over 400 technology-focused lawyers around the world delivering holistic, joined up advice covering the many strands of law and deal-making where Clifford Chance advises. We deliver expert legal advice to clients on their most exciting, complex and transformational Tech-related matters, providing fantastic career opportunities for our recruits.

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