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Clifford Chance US Reviews

Updated October 7, 2014
Updated October 7, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good experience, interesting cross-border deals and cases, bad partner morale

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Clifford Chance US full-time

    Pros

    - Lockstep compensation for associates, they always match NYC bonus structure
    - standard law firm benefits: subsidized gym memberships, cars and ~$30 dinners when you work late, great subsidized cafeteria
    - smart interesting associates with international outlook.

    Cons

    - partners seem like they hate each other, lack of cooperation and camaraderie at the top makes it difficult to see why you would want to stay
    - work life balance sucks, as does unpredictable nature of your schedule. welcome to every new york law firm.

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    - US partners put international deals (ones that originated at other CC offices) as lowest priority. That's clearly where the money is coming in, and it gets shuffled off to untrained associates who get berated by the european partners when they don't know what to do. Those cross-border deals should be get much more partner attention.
    - Partners should try to like each other, and like their work, or at least pretend. They clearly feel like second-fiddle to London, not as the US advance team for a global firm, and it shows, and attitude starts to trickle down to associates.

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    Good experience but not for longterm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Clifford Chance US

    Pros

    Good experience, learn new skills

    Cons

    No work life balance but that is expected

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    Incredible international experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate (Mid-level to Senior) in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate (Mid-level to Senior) in New York, NY

    I worked at Clifford Chance US

    Pros

    If you want to travel the world doing international work, this is the firm for you. It truly is an integrated global platform where attorneys around the world work together on client relationships. This is not so at US based biglaw firms. You will sleep with your blackberry under your pillow in order to respond to emails from China, but you will be involved in cutting edge work.

    The attorneys are not only smart, but worldly and and interesting too.

    Cons

    The massive lay-offs in 2008 destroyed morale. They seemed to be completely random and attorneys were scratching their heads as to why certain associates were spared. On top of this, US litigation partners took off in droves. With the lay-offs and partner departures, US litigation department shrank from approx 90 attorneys to a skeleton crew of approx 5 (they are now trying to rebuild). During all of this, US management continued to call associate meetings to reassure associates that everything was fine and the future looked great.

    Do not go here for pure litigation experience. You will not get any experience. You will only draft briefs. But the investigations group (in DC), which is part of litigation, is great. NY and DC work together on investigations, which are conducted around the world.

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