Clifford Chance is leading law firm which has 34 offices based in 24 countries populated by 3,200 legal advisers. The firm is well known for its unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across Africa, Americas, Asian and Europe. The firm has established itself as the forerunner in the following legal avenues:
Corporate and mergers & acquisitions
Finance and banking
Taxation and employment
Clifford Chance secures the position in the top ten law firms in the world in terms of number of lawyers and revenue. It reported revenues to the tune of Â£1.219 billion in 2011 and profits per equity partner of a whopping Â£1.005 million. David Childs is the Managing Partner of the firm who has been presiding over since 2006.
Many of world's leading organizations are said to emulate Clifford Chance in terms of legal expertise and advice on business critical issues and the latest opportunities. Clifford Chance participates in legal discussions with the highest level of government stature, business and even compliance regulations. The company's corporate responsibility program is a fundamental part of its routine life and is one of the most comprehensive programs in the industry.
Clifford Chance was formed in 1802 when Anthony Brown started his law practice in London on an individual scale. The firm has changed its name ever since although it has never left the City of London. The present name came up during the merger of two London-based law firms Clifford Turner and Coward Chance in 1987. The merger is said to be the game-changer in terms of growth in law firms in London. The firm drastically expanded its practices in Asia as well as Europe and in 1992 Clifford Chance earned the distinction of being the first major non-US firm to practice US law.
Clifford Chance merged with PÃ¼nder, Volhard, Weber, & Axster which was based in Frankfurt, Germany and a US-based firm Rogers & Wells in 1999. Clifford Chance had to close its Pacific Coast operations in 2007 due to the recession which also prompted the company to reduce the number of partners by 15%. Some of the back-office tasks are moved to different locations including a 60-employee Knowledge Centre in New Delhi, India.
Clifford Chance first opened offices in Australia in 2011 by merging up with two eminent mergers & acquisitions boutique law firms.
Awards and recognitions
Global 2012 awards:
Receives multiple prizes at the ALB Australasian awards
Wins International Law Firm of the Year 2012 at first Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards
Wins TMT Middle East Law Firm of the Year Award for third consecutive year
Advice recognition on 10 Airfinance Journal Deals of the Year
Crowned Pan-European Legal Advisor of the Year
Named Law Firm of the Year (transactions) in the 2011 Private Equity International Awards
Tops the PLC Private Equity Super League
Recognition at Chambers Europe Awards
Advice recognition on three Asia Pacific deals of the year 2011 as voted by Project Finance Magazine
Advice recognition on 'Equity Deal of the Year'
Awarded by Asia Legal Business China Law Awards 2011
Receives 11 awards at the IFLR Europe Awards, including 'International Law Firm of the Year'
Wins Spanish Law Firm of the Year 2011, at the MIP Global Awards 2012
Wins Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year in Europe
Awarded European and North American Fund Formation Law Firm awards by PERE magazine
Clifford Chance is awarded two top prizes by Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2012
Recognition of Partners in their field of expertise at the ILO Client Choice Awards
Wins 'Restructuring Team of the Year' at the Legal Business Awards
Awarded 'In-house Community Firm of the Year 2011' by Asian-Mena Counsel Magazine
Wins 'Best Islamic Legal Advisory Firm' at the Euromoney Islamic Finance Awards ceremony held in February 2012
Clifford Chance ensures that those they hire get benefitted by learning how to maintain the highest global standards of business and law. The firm believes in being uncompromising in quality and scale of resources necessary to meet clients' needs.
Clifford Chance offers law students a chance to join a major US practice firm which has 34 offices worldwide. The integrated worldwide firm provides legal advice to the world's topmost financial institutions and corporations while also participating in legal standings for governments. The combination our multi-lingual and worldwide resources make the company uniquely qualified to handle complex transactions and disputes. Clifford Chance attorneys can practice in different offices around the world. Dedication and creativity are the hallmarks of the firm while also encouraging to the collegial atmosphere. Clifford Chance has always maintained working relationships with top clients which would enrich all those working there.
The law student's exposure to the complex cross-border litigation cases and transactions is bound to boost overall knowledge, insight and confidence. Working with high-profile clients is a blessing for learning which will enhance any lawyer's ability to think through a range of challenges for bringing out several successful completions.
Clifford Chance believes that global law firms need to take into account local law and standards to be successful. The firm believes in equal opportunities beyond mere compliance with anti-discrimination.
Promoting diversity in the work environment is one of our main ideals where everyone gets a chance to succeed. No discrimination is encouraged on the basis of gender, marital and civil partnership status or even on grounds of social or economic background and disability. The firm denounces religious dogmatism and anything prohibited under applicable law.
Clifford Chance encourages hiring of people with varying backgrounds who can bring ideas and innovations to the table. To encourage the individuality of each of the colleagues is a fundamental aspect of the firm's values and critical to its business success.
The firm has applied the equal Opportunities policy on all grounds, including recruitment and selection along with employment terms: pay, promotion, and training. Individual abilities and merits are taken into consideration during selection. All interests of the employees are secured by a broad range of policies, practices and procedures by the company too.
Summer associate program
Clifford Chance recognizes how critical it is for law students to get some work experience before they complete their studies. Internships are offered to students who are living in the US or overseas so that they get to learn how to work in an international law firm.
The Clifford Chance Summer Program offers law students to get experience on major transactions and cases. One can know much about the top attorneys in legal surroundings and while programs are organized elsewhere, summer associates might get a coveted opportunity to spend part of the time in one of the offices based in a foreign location.
Clifford Chance offers students a complete hands-on introduction to the practices and the firm. Summer law clerks are expected to complete many assignments such as conducting legal research, assisting with securities filings, perform investigations and analyses. Our summer assigning process allows summer law clerks to receive assignments from many practice groups, as needed.
Salary & benefits
Clifford Chance believes that success depends on the quality of the people. The next generation of associates and partners is what is going to shape the firm for the future. The rewards that the firm offers are in recognition to the employees' contribution to the firm.
The firm organizes summer vacation schemes which give
- Y1 $0-$160,000.00
- Y2 $0-$170-175000
- Y3 $0-$185,000.00
- 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
- Bar Association Fees
- Business Casual Dress Code
- Dental Insurance
- Domestic Partner Benefits
- Employee Assistance Program
- Family/Dependent Care Leave
- Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
- Health Club Membership
- Life/AD&D Insurance
- Long-term Disability Insurance
- Medical Insurance
- On-site Child Care - Emergency
- Parental Leave
- Relocation Expenses
- Short-term Disability Insurance
- Sick Leave
- Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
- Vision Insurance
4 weeks vacation, medical, dental, 401(k)(no match for associates; match/profit sharing for counsel/staff attorneys), flexible spending accounts (FSA) for health & dependent care, basic/supplemental/spousal life, basic and supplemental disability, malpractice insurance, paid parental leave, domestic partner benefits, backup child and elder care, resource and referral service (LifeCare), work/life balance program (EAP), subsidized gym memberships, commutation/qualified parking benefits.
Working for the Clifford Chance
Clifford Chance offers a mix of practice areas and employees working together because of its base in nearly 24 countries. In part due to the size, and due to the international nature, the firm boasts of a broad mix of international lawyers.
By having teams of lawyers with different backgrounds, qualifications, and experiences helps the firm to better legal and commercial solutions. The different perspectives have helped the lawyers to stimulate discussion and even innovate.
The employed will be working in one of the six practices - depending on the area of expertise. The nature of the allocated client base and the work that they will handle will decide their colleagues. Working together as a team is emphasized more than anything. Sharing knowledge is what the firm believes in. As a firm, it believes in allocating responsibility to everyone.
Despite the increased demand of the firm's lawyers' time, Clifford Chance attaches great importance to pro bono work. Pro bono work is acknowledged during the appraisals of each of the lawyers but those who take part in it are not motivated by any reward. Justice is what drives them to take a career in the law and pro bono work gives them an outside perspective to the world outside business law and also a valuable opportunity to make social impact.
For a Clifford Chance lawyer, all types of pro bono work is included. Sometimes, some of them spend evenings working in local community legal clinic while some monitor the proceedings in major international courts. Many work outside the in-house legal teams for different clients thereby strengthening many business relationships.