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London Graduates

In conversation with...Simon

Hear Simon, partner and president of the Law Society of England and Wales, talk about his journey at the firm since joining in 1982. He reflects on what's most surprised him during that journey and why love and laughter is so important. 

In conversation with...Yassin

Hear Yassin, trainee and Chair of our Trainee Committee, talk about her journey from the Gambia to her first year as a trainee at the firm. She discusses the importance of mentors, role models and champions and her path to becoming "comfortable being uncomfortable". Her highlights include her efforts around destigmatising mental health in the workplace. 

In conversation with...David

Hear David, Head of Pro Bono UK and Ireland, talk about his journey to the firm which started with winning an essay competition. He shares his thoughts on how the firm has given him the skills and means through which to make his ideas for change a reality. 

In conversation with...Kate

Hear Kate, our Global Knowledge Development Partner talk about the challenges of navigating her successful career whilst raising children. She also shares some of the highlights from her working life and explores what's kept her at the firm.

Portia Wainman

Associate, Tax, Pensions & Employment

"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."

In conversation with...Aritha

Hear Aritha talk about the importance of being able to be his true self at the firm, the power of the law to impact positive social change and what life beyond Clifford Chance has been like for him.

Alastair Livesey

Lawyer, Litigation & Dispute Resolution

"At Clifford Chance, you get to work with people from all over the world on a daily basis – each brings their own experiences and backgrounds."

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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."

Fadeia Hossian

Lawyer, Derivatives

"Network with your colleagues and benefit from the wealth of experience and advice which they are happy to share."

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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."

Kathryn McArdle

Senior Associate, Debt Capital Markets

"Clifford Chance is fully supportive of new parents and has certainly embraced the idea of agile working."

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Francis Beechinor-Collins


"Over my Training Contract, I have been exposed to some of the biggest players in the renewable energy industry. Energy developers and banks which are making the world a greener place are suddenly ringing me up on the phone with queries on documents or timeframes of deals."

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