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Bethany Lightley-Hunt

Senior Associate, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Dubai

"Having now worked in three Clifford Chance offices and travelled on business trips to many others, it is difficult to underestimate the support network of top quality colleagues around the world."

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Prior to joining Clifford Chance, I studied Philosophy and Politics at Durham University and graduated in 2008. I was offered the training contract at the firm in my final year.

I joined in 2010. My first seat was in Corporate, my second seat was in Litigation and Dispute Resolution, my third seat was a secondment to Paris to the Antitrust department, and my fourth was in Banking and Finance.

I was lucky enough to be offered a qualification job in Litigation & Dispute Resolution which was my first choice, and I joined the department as an Associate in 2013.

I worked in London until 2016, when I began a two year secondment to the Dubai office. In 2017, I became a Senior Associate. I advise clients on commercial litigation, banking & financial litigation, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, cross-border regulatory investigations, white-collar crime investigations and antitrust investigations and litigation.

I am motivated to achieve the best possible result for our clients. Being a disputes lawyer means that clients normally only come to you when they have a dispute that they need to resolve. Clients don't tend to want to be involved in disputes for obvious reasons. Therefore, I always strive hard to achieve the best possible result for them even if the circumstances are not ideal.

My most rewarding experience

I find pro bono, corporate social responsibility and graduate recruitment work to be the most rewarding. For example, at the London office, I was a regular attendee at FreeLaw sessions where we advise members of the local community on legal issues which they face.

My biggest success at FreeLaw was being able to assist a man who had been unfairly treated by his employer (a large chain of restaurants in London) to receive compensation for his unpaid wages. The amount of money he received was very significant for him, albeit small compared with the cases I normally advise clients on, but this was, especially, personally rewarding. I still have the 'Thank You' card which he sent me.

Why I joined Clifford Chance

At university, I was not sure whether I wanted to be a lawyer, so I attended presentations and law firm open days, and completed work experience at law firms and with barristers. I met lawyers and members of the Clifford Chance graduate recruitment scheme at a law fair at Durham, and instantly felt at ease speaking to them; they were friendly, open and extremely helpful.

This gave me an immediately positive impression of the firm. At that stage, I had never encountered City lawyers before, and so it was a great relief to find that they were so positive and supportive.

 

I chose to accept Clifford Chance's offer of a training contract because of the first-rate reputation of the firm across the world and the fact that, without exception, everyone was so friendly and positive during my recruitment process.

Furthermore, the possibility to travel and work in different offices was very appealing. Having now worked in three Clifford Chance offices and travelled on business trips to many others, it is difficult to underestimate the support network of top quality colleagues around the world. Working at the firm opens up many opportunities which you would not otherwise have.