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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.

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. 


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.

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.

Maxine Mossman is passionate about attracting the best talent in to her practice and she outlines the qualities she values in her new recruits. 

Tax, Pensions & Employment

Tax, Pensions, Employment and Incentives present key issues for the world's leading international businesses. Working seamlessly with other practice teams, we advise on issues such as M&A, structured finance, tax risk management and complex real estate transactions. We advise on a full spectrum of complex, high-profile issues.

Sonia Gilbert is involved in the selection process of trainees in to her group and here she sheds some light on some of the expectations on new lawyers joining her practice. 

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. 

Alis Pay talks about the drive she still has for her role as a partner in Real Estate. She explains how she faces new challenges all the time and therefore never stops learning. 


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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Our people

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