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Introducing Clifford Chance IGNITE.

Clifford Chance IGNITE

Clifford Chance IGNITE, a pioneering Training Contract which offers applicants with an aptitude for Tech a route to qualify as lawyers.

In this video, Jonathan Kewley, Midori Takenaka, Herbert Swaniker and Jenni Polson talk us through the Clifford Chance IGNITE Training Contract.

The IGNITE Training Contract

You might have studied computer science. Or taught yourself to code in the evenings. Or be developing an app on the side of your law degree. The only thing you must have is an excitement for what the meeting of law and Tech can spark.

IGNITE is a Training Contract with a rare emphasis on Tech. A new route that’ll take you into some of the world’s most innovative learning environments. No other leading law firm offers anything like it.

It’s still a Clifford Chance Training Contract. You’ll collaborate with, work alongside and be supported by the brightest legal minds. You’ll have access to an unusual depth and breadth of experience. With secondment opportunities and chances to tailor your development throughout. You’ll be a fully qualified lawyer after two years-and positioned to shape the future.

Beyond that, you’ll have the time and space to develop new skills and solutions. To reconsider what Tech can do for law. To redesign and streamline the way we operate. And redefine how we deliver the best results for our clients.


Applications open: 3 August 2020
Applications close: 10 December 2020
Assessment dates: w/c 8 February 2021
Selection process: Online application form, Watson Glaser test and two assessment days. The first is the same as the Training Contract assessment day, which includes one interview with a written case study element. The second stage is an IGNITE-specific case study interview.

We don't, it must be noted, recruit on a rolling basis, but look at all applications after the closing date. Before you apply, have you visited our Events Hub? Here you'll find opportunities to equip you with the skills, knowledge and networks to succeed no matter where you are on your journey. 

Lorraine Chimbga, Future IGNITE Trainee

"I was attracted to IGNITE because of how ground-breaking and different the proposition was; the chance to qualify as a solicitor while helping to shape and drive innovation as part of my role. I originally studied law at UCL and in my final year, I did Information Technology Law at LSE. I was also on the board for the Society for Computers and Law, alongside figures such as Richard Susskind. When I graduated, I saw this emerging LegalTech sector begin to grow and I knew that this was the career path I wanted to develop as a future lawyer.

However, at the time no law firm was offering this non-traditional route quite yet, so I decided to gain experience in the FinTech industry, where I coded financial regulations into software that served some of the world’s largest financial institutions. This was followed by a role where I currently help to train artificial intelligence to provide risk assessments of commercial agreements. Once the IGNITE Training Contract was launched, I knew immediately that it was the perfect fit for my skillset and career aspirations. As an IGNITE trainee, I am looking forward to bringing these alternative technical skills and seeing how they can be applied to a traditional profession and serve clients in a new and innovative way."

Adam Hunter, Third Seat IGNITE Trainee

"IGNITE has given me the opportunity to work on industry leading projects with lawyers across our global network and to meet with partners and clients to discuss their legal technology strategy. Alongside my Training Contract, my current IGNITE legal tech projects include designing and developing news solutions for a handful of the Firm's global clients. Most recently, I seconded to one of the Firm's largest tech clients, where I was able to advise on new tech solutions to some of the client's most pressing challenges.

I also frequently work with our Best Delivery team to make our client matters more efficient, as well as provide training to colleagues, test new legal tech and contribute to client pitches. In March 2020, I was delighted to be recognised as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Junior Lawyers in the UK by The Legal Technologist Magazine. In particular, IGNITE has helped me to develop the skills that are being demanded by our clients who are looking for their lawyers to not only have strong technical skills but to be commercial and entrepreneurial."

Tech Academy

Our global Tech Academy is a technology-focused element of the Firm's central learning and development function, the Clifford Chance Academy. The Tech Academy provides our people with online training and resources and a global programme of face-to-face workshops, ensuring that we remain on top of the latest technology trends and issues our clients are facing.

To understand more about Clifford Chance's Tech-related work, visit our Talking Tech site.

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STEM Lawyers

If you are from a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) background, you might have questions about whether a career in law is right for you. Hear from some of our STEM lawyers, including future trainees, about the exciting opportunities that they have experienced so far and what lies ahead for them. 


INTERFACE is our flagship event for students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees. This event will provide an opportunity to understand the ways in which a STEM degree can lay the foundations for a successful career as a lawyer, feature key notes speeches from two leading thinkers on matters of AI, data, and privacy, and give you an insight into our IGNITE Training Contract. Through a varied line-up of sessions, attendees can hear from:

  • Dr Hannah Fry, who will be presenting ideas from her book 'How to be Human in the Age of the Machine'
  • Dr Carissa Véliz, who will be presenting ideas from her book 'Privacy is Power: Why and How You Should Take Back Control of Your Data'
  • Clifford Chance lawyers with STEM degrees, on why they decided to become lawyers 
  • Graduate recruitment and trainees on how to secure a Training Contract as a STEM student

Date: 27 November 2020
Time: 9:30am – 1.00pm
Registration open: 3 August 2020
Selection process: Open access for STEM students

How we hire

We have put together some advice on how best to convey your skills and strengths throughout the application process, including a practice version of the Watson Glaser test, which is the first step of the assessment process.

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