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VAULT'S VERDICT:

Clifford Chance may be a major player in the U.S. legal industry, but the firm retains its deep roots across the pond. A member of the U.K.’s “Magic Circle,” the firm maintains London headquarters even as it prioritizes its U.S. presence; associates love this duality as it is reflected in the firm’s culture and structure. In fact, associates attribute much of the firm’s team-oriented environment to its adherence to the British law firm model and its lack of origination credit to partners, which encourages partners to be more open and collaborative with client work. Clifford Chance also prioritizes personality and fit in its hiring, taking a very holistic approach that doesn’t fixate solely on T14 schools. The culture is friendly and social, but associates feel totally comfortable declining social events in favor of prioritizing home lives. Associates are encouraged to ask questions and seek mentorship and guidance, and partners are supportive and transparent with respect to individual, as well as firm, performance. BigLaw hours are long, but associates feel that the hours at Clifford Chance are reasonable overall, particularly with no strict billable hour requirement. Compensation tracks the top of the market for both salaries and bonuses. Associates are given substantive work from day one, bolstered by the firm’s robust training and mentoring programs. Wellness and diversity are two pain points in the legal world, but Clifford Chance receives high marks from associates for effort and dedication. Associates are very optimistic about their career prospects at Clifford Chance—many partners are homegrown (which makes achieving partnership feel more realistic), counsel roles are available, and the firm is highly supportive of associates seeking exit options.

Clifford Chance US LLP

31 West 52nd St.
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 878-8000

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Charles Adams
U.S. Managing Partner: Sharis Pozen
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
250 - 500
No. of Partners Named 2023:
5

Base Salary

Base Salary (2023)
1st year: $ 215,000
2nd year: $225,000
3rd year: $250,000
4th year: $295,000
5th year: $345,000
6th year: $370,000
7th year: $400,000
8th year: $415,000
9th year: $415,000
Summer Associate: $215,000

Employment Contact

Sarah Posner
Head of Legal Recruiting—U.S.
sarah.posner@cliffordchance.com
Global recruiting contacts at cliffordchance.com/usrecruiting

No. of U.S. Offices: 3

No. of International Offices: 29

Major Office Locations

Houston, TX
New York, NY
Washington, DC I
Abu Dhabi
Amsterdam
Barcelona
Beijing
Brussels
Bucharest
Casablanca
Dubai
Düsseldorf
Frankfurt
Hong Kong
Istanbul
London
Luxembourg
Madrid
Milan
Munich
Newcastle
Paris
Perth
Prague
Rome
São Paulo
Seoul
Shanghai
Singapore*
Sydney
Tokyo
Warsaw
*Affiliated office

Major Departments

Banking & Finance
Capital Markets
Corporate
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Real Estate
Tax, Pensions & Employment
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.