Clifford Chance is a truly global law firm. Our lawyers are based in offices on five continents, and our work spans jurisdictions, cultures and languages. But wherever we operate, we are united by one clear and common purpose: to provide exceptional solutions for our clients in all areas of commercial law.
It’s an ambitious aim, especially when you consider the variety of our local and international clients. But we collaborate to achieve it. Our lawyers work in close-knit teams, pooling their expertise to deliver a seamless service across borders and different legal systems.
Our efforts have earned us a reputation as one of the foremost commercial law firms. In fact, we have more band 1 rankings than any other firm in Chambers Global 2017. It’s a measure of our success and why major, high profile clients keep coming back to us for solutions to their most critical business issues.
As a responsible business, we support our people in developing resilience and managing their wellbeing. We believe these are fundamental blocks in building a sustainable business and providing excellent service to all our clients.
We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best team to deliver the very highest level of service to our clients. As part of this commitment, we invest in our people's wellbeing so that they can perform at their full potential. This means caring for their physical and mental health.
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We have made it a strategic objective to support our people in developing their resilience. One way in which were are doing this is through our Employee Assistance Programme, which provides individual support from trained counsellors as well as fast access to a range of services, including life management advice. Following successful trials in a number locations, our Employee Assistance Programme is now being rolled out to all of our offices worldwide.
We realise that working in a law firm can be a pressurized and demanding environment. Our wellbeing agenda aims to ensure our people are able to recognise and appreciate the importance of maintaining good mental health and in building their resilience and ability to operate healthily and successfully. Promoting a healthy lifestyle is another focus. We support our people in making healthier choices and encourage them to view exercise as social activity.
As a graduate recruitment team, we are extremely open and encourage applicants to inform us if they ever need any adjustments to our process. We deal with every individual on a case by case basis and have made adjustments accordingly from the more common time extension of the online tests to inviting candidates in to the office ahead of their assessment day to familiarise themselves with the building to ease their anxiety…..and everything in between.
- First Years First year springboard is a week long programme made up of classroom based sessions, work shadowing and a trip to an international office. At the end of the programme you will have the opportunity to apply for and secure a Training Contract.
- Penultimate year Summer vacation scheme is a two week programme where you send time in two of our practice areas as well as attending social and networking events. On the final day you will be interviewed for a Training Contract.
- Training Contract A two year programme where you spend 6 months in 4 of our practice areas. One of these could be international and there is also the possibility of shorted client secondments.
Tips for applying
We want every candidate to have exactly the same chance to get through our recruitment process so if there is anything that you are worried about then please speak to us and we will do our best to accommodate any adjustments.
- Ask for adjustments early Please do not wait until afterwards to tell us that there was a problem as that is often too late.
- It is your decision to be open Part of this discussion will be whether you need/want anyone to know about your disability.
- We operate a blind CV policy Whereby your interviewers do not know anything about you so you can choose what you tell them.
We are looking for individuals with the skills such as team work, resilience, attention to detail and building relationships – as long as you are able to demonstrate these then that is all that matters.
- Team work
- Attention to detail
- Ability to build relationships
We have made a number of adjustments to our process such as:
We have recruited a blind trainee (who is now qualified) and we made adjustments to her office space, installed the software she required, arranged for a secretary to be available to guide her if required and made sure that the lifts had the sound on so that she knew what floor she was on among other things.
We deal with every person on a case by case basis because even if another blind candidate was recruited, their requirements could be completely different so it is important to be completely clear about what you need.