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Fadeia Hossian

Lawyer, Finance

Year Joined: 2015
University: 
University of Greenwich
Degree: Law

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I am a lawyer in our Finance practice specialising in financial regulation. I joined the firm in February 2015 after graduating from the University of Greenwich with a degree in Law. During my Training Contract, I sat in Structured Debt, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, General Banking and Financial Regulation (where I qualified in March 2017).

Clifford Chance specialises in the areas that I most wanted to get exposure to during my time as a trainee. Whilst I was looking for a Training Contract, Clifford Chance was granted an Excellence Award by the Law Society for its diversity and inclusion policy, which also helped me realise that I wanted to work and climb my career ladder at the firm. 

I am a native Arabic speaker and I'm glad that during my Training Contract and since I qualified as a lawyer, I have been able to play a crucial role in some deals and projects due to my background and language skills.

My most memorable moment at Clifford Chance so far has been attending the 2018 One Young World Summit in the Hague. I had the chance to attend talks delivered by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Dutch Prime Minister (Mark Rutte), Gordon Brown and Muhammad Yunus. I also attended a workshop at the European Court of Justice; chaired and delivered by Dr Christophe Bernasconi (the Secretary General of the Hague Conference on Private International Law).

Since my return from the Summit, I have been working collaboratively with the HR team to implement my initiative which aims to empower visually impaired students who are interested in pursuing a career in the legal profession. Furthermore, I was invited to speak on the Lens podcast on the role that technology plays in the legal world. The podcast is called “The robots are coming: how tech, law and accessibility intersect in the world of business”. To listen to the whole podcast, click here.

My advice

Consider every single minute as an opportunity and make the most of it. Think about the structure of your training contract carefully at the outset, find out what you like and where you can be most productive and try to build on this. Network with your colleagues and benefit from the wealth of experience and advice which they are happy to share. Clifford Chance has great pro bono initiatives – take part in them. This will help you meet new colleagues and equip you with skills that will enable you to undertake billable tasks more efficiently and successfully.