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The Clifford Chance Africa Academy is the first of its kind to be set up by a global law firm and supports our aim to deliver the best possible service and advice for our clients. The CCAA is aimed at providing a top-quality, structured training programme for associates of our relationship African legal counsel and ensures talented African associates have access to world class training.

We have been active in Africa for over 40 years and the idea of a training programme for African lawyers was conceived during our inaugural African Counsel Retreat in July 2013. African counsel discussed their needs and the challenge they faced in accessing high quality training for specific career levels.

The Clifford Chance Africa Academy gives African counsel access to a suite of training courses which are based on existing courses developed by the Clifford Chance Academy, our global training arm for our own lawyers and business services staff.

The first session was held in Nigeria in September in 2013 and, since then, we've held sessions across Africa involving over 150 participants from 67 firms in 17 countries. Sessions are led by Clifford Chance partners and senior associates who are keen to share their expertise and provide networking and knowledge sharing opportunities for the participants.

Feedback from participants demonstrates the success of the programme:

  • "There is no doubt that I will use this knowledge and these tools."
  • "Best training I have received!"
  • "The content of the sessions was rich, detailed and organized, from the simple to the complex."

The CCAA is part of our effort and commitment to bringing the best legal service to both international and African clients across Africa. The training sessions allow us to strengthen ties with firms, improve working practices and exchange insights on current legal topics.