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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 2017. That's why organisations turn to us not just for legal expertise but 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 seven 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.


The financial world never stands still. As new products, more complex financial systems and alternative providers of finance emerge, the need for legal expertise has never been greater – especially in this era of increased regulation.

With offices in all the world's major financial centres, we are perfectly placed to help our clients shape the new financial landscape. We advise banks, insurance companies, corporates, funds, governments and regulatory authorities around the world on headline deals. It's not just about our commercial judgement. It's about building relationships, sharing knowledge and helping clients meet international business challenges.

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.

We have continued to cement our position working on market-leading transactions across all product types and all geographical areas spanning Europe, the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.


This is our largest practice area, covering Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Private Fund Formation, Communications, Media & Technology, Financial Institutions, and European Competition & Regulation. Our clients include many of the world's leading companies, including more than half of the Global Fortune 500.

Our extensive global reach, combined with international deal execution skills and local market knowledge, provides clients with access to 200 partners and a further 500 lawyers with global and local capability. Their expert advice and innovative strategies ensure we develop exceptional client solutions.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Formulating arguments. Drafting witness statements. Studying case law. In this practice you'll be involved in a range of diverse and intellectually stimulating work.

We handle defamation claims, investigate regulatory issues and conduct arbitrations to resolve international commercial disputes. It's complex work, often involving multiple claims and parties. We always start by aiming to help clients avoid disputes and the associated risks. If we do take a dispute to arbitration, we regularly explore alternative forms of resolution. Our challenge is to reach an efficient, effective solution that benefits all sides.

Tax, Pensions & Employment

Tax is a key issue facing the world's leading international businesses. Working seamlessly with other practice teams, our Tax practice advises on issues such as M&A, structured finance, tax risk management and complex real estate transactions. Our Pensions practice covers not only traditional "pensions law" areas but the much wider range of legal issues that are now relevant, including investment, asset-backed funding, longevity risk transfers and pension investment matters. The Employment practice advises a wide range of clients on a full spectrum of complex, high-profile employment issues covering advisory work, high profile litigation and advising on the employment aspects of major transactions. Our Incentives specialists guide clients through remuneration, share schemes and other incentives issues.


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.

Real Estate

We 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. Our team is involved in a range of complex UK and international transactions in real estate investments, development projects and leasing transactions, advising real estate investment funds and unit trusts, as well as representing hotel operators on property and hotel management matters. Working together, we ensure clients benefit from the very latest thinking.

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