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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

United Kingdom

We help and advise clients on matters and transactions that redefine their business, using our technical skills, commercial knowledge and resources to deliver the best value every time.

Full-service offering from top-ranked teams

Our London roots go back to the early 1800s. The world has changed since then, but the commitment to outstanding client service that our forming partners shared remains at the forefront of everything we do. Our clients extend across all the main business sectors and include domestic and international businesses, financial institutions, funds and investors, regulators, and government and public-sector bodies.

Clifford Chance's top-tier legal advice and online resources span the full spectrum. 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. Clifford Chance is Law Firm of the Year 2019 (The Lawyer Awards) and Legal 500 UK 2019 ranked us Band One in 31 categories.

Our ability to field multi-practice, multi-jurisdictional teams helps us to address our international clients' most complex issues within tight timescales. This capability delivers results for our clients on business critical matters. Our UK team is integrated with our international network of offices – in 2020, Chambers Global awarded us more Band One rankings than any other firm.

Our ethos is to strive to deliver what our clients need in the most commercial, pragmatic and efficient way possible. 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. In 2018, we acquired a team of 60 paralegal level legal advisors in Newcastle, formerly part of the award-winning CAS (Carillion Advice Services). This team brings extensive experience in unbundling, developing processes and applying the latest in legal tech, complementing our existing client service model.

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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. Comments in independent legal directories suggest that clients appreciate the way we work as much as the results we deliver.

  • "I have found all of the team a pleasure to work with - they are very knowledgeable, hard-working and committed. They always accommodate our requests quickly and to the best of their ability."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • "There's a seamless approach throughout the team. They have high-calibre partners who are prepared to invest time in getting to know us."
    Chambers UK 2020

Recent highlights

  • Huatai Securities as English, US and Hong Kong counsel on its London stock market listing – the first ever under the new Shanghai-London Stock Connect programme
  • Autonomy founder Mike Lynch in connection with the largest civil fraud trial in UK history and related US criminal charges and investigations arising out of HPs 2011 acquisition of Autonomy
  • Canary Wharf Group on its victory against the European Medicines agency in a GBP 500m lease dispute. Commentators speculated that, had the case been lost, it could have opened the door to many similar claims of ‘legal frustration’ resulting from the impact of Brexit
  • The UK's official receiver on the insolvency of British Steel
  • Network Rail on the sale of its commercial real estate portfolio to Telereal Trillium and Blackstone Property Partners for GBP 1.46 billion
  • Pfizer on a consumer healthcare joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline to create a premier global consumer healthcare company with combined sales of almost GBP 10bn

Directory and client comments

Directory listings

  • Band One in 22 categories
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Band One in 32 categories
    Legal 500 UK 2019

Client comments

  • "I have found all of the team a pleasure to work with - they are very knowledgeable, hard-working and committed. They always accommodate our requests quickly and to the best of their ability."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • "There's a seamless approach throughout the team. They have high-calibre partners who are prepared to invest time in getting to know us."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • "The team is extremely client-oriented and very responsive - they go out of their way to help us and always strive to get what we want."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • "The firm is absolutely excellent throughout "
    Chambers UK 2020
  • "They are absolutely terrific. Very timely, very positive and creative with solutions at every level."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • "Clifford Chance LLP's 'pre-eminent' practice is a 'market leader, both domestically and cross-border'."
    Legal 500 UK 2019
  • "With huge resources in London, and also able to call upon the expertise of a vast reservoir of talent across the firm's international network of offices, the team excels in advising on big-ticket cross-border mandates."
    Legal 500 UK 2019

What are your hopes and fears for Tech in 2021?

Dr. Carissa Veliz, best-selling author of Privacy is Power, Associate Professor, Faculty of Philosophy, Institute for Ethics in AI at University of Oxford and Jonathan Kewley, Partner and Co-Head of the Tech Group at Clifford Chance discuss their hopes and fears for data, AI and digital regulation with Clifford Chance associate Herbert Swaniker in the first of our annual Tech Predictions video series for 2021.

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