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As one of the world's main financial centres, London is a key market for Clifford Chance, and has been since the firm was founded in 1802. Today, we advise some of the leading names in finance and business on complex and critical legal issues. A leader in the London legal market, we are ranked 'top-tier' in more areas of law than any other UK firm (Chambers UK 2009).
- Mobility is positively encouraged at Clifford Chance. If you have an appetite to work abroad, it's a very real prospect: last year we seconded a record 220 people around the Firm globally.
- First-class facilities which range from a multi-faith prayer room, wellness and fitness centre complete with swimming pool, to on-site hairdresser and in-house dining and cafe.
- We take our responsibilities to the communities in which we live and work very seriously. Lawyers are encouraged to become involved in this work, through initiatives including our long-standing literacy and numeracy programmes with Shapla School, and our FreeLaw legal volunteering scheme
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If you are interested in joining us, you will want to know what it is actually like to work here. and what joining us could mean for your career.
Vivienne, Legal Support secretary
We advise clients on matters and transactions that redefine their businesses. We use our technical skills, commercial know-how and substantial resources to get them the best possible results.
Full-service offering from top-ranked teams
We have London roots that go back past the firm's beginnings in 1987 to the early 1800s. Today, as we have done for the last 200 years, we work closely with domestic and international corporates, financial institutions, regulators, and government and public-sector bodies.
With around 600 lawyers and 170 partners in our London team, our clients have access to top-tier advice across the full spectrum of legal areas. In fact, the Legal 500 UK: 2013 ranked us Tier One in 34 categories, more than any other law firm in the UK. We are well known for our work in finance and the debt and equity capital markets, as well as corporate advisory and M&A work; litigation and dispute resolution; real estate; and tax, pensions and employment.
A capability that delivers high-profile results
We have invested in order to build a resource that meets our clients' needs. And our substantial London team is backed up by expert colleagues – in 2013 Chambers Global awarded us more global Tier One rankings than any other firm.
This gives us the ability to field multi-practice, multi-office teams quickly and to answer complex questions within tight timescales. Clients are often surprised to get an overnight answer to technical, multi-jurisdictional questions.
It's a capability that delivers results for our clients. Examples from 2013 include advising Crest Nicholson on its £550 million IPO; Dangote Industries on its $3.30 billion financing to develop Nigeria's largest industrial complex which is set to contain a fertiliser plant and a crude-oil refinery; Glencore Xstrata on its $17.3 billion refinancing by a consortium of 80 lenders and Suntory on its £1.35 billion acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s Lucozade and Ribena brands.
A focus on efficiency
We always challenge ourselves to deliver what our clients need in the most commercial, pragmatic and efficient way possible. This is our ethos both on- and off- deal. We regularly partner with clients to examine the complete end-to-end process of regular legal mandates so that we can identify more efficient ways of working together. A recent example includes a joint project with a strategic client that scooped Law Firm Innovation Award: British Legal Awards, 2013 and shows how we use continuous improvement principles to turn buzz words such as 'efficiency' into tangible benefits for our clients.
Highly rated by clients and competitors
We believe in long-term client relationships and we invest time and energy to understand our clients businesses, priorities, and their working culture. And comments in independent legal directories suggest that clients appreciate the way we work as much as the results we deliver:
- "Sources delight in the team's wide-ranging advice that is both legally astute and 'gives us lots of help on the commercial side too'."
Chambers UK 2013
- "Their client care is outstanding and the lawyers I deal with are very responsive," comments one source.
Chambers UK 2013