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Clifford Chance US Managing Partner Craig Medwick
Craig Medwick
6 Ratings

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

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    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I worked at Clifford Chance US full-time


    - 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.


    - 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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    Summer Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Clifford Chance US in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Initial screener interview at my law school. Invited to callback interviews at CC's office in NY. Of all the firms I interviewed, these went the worst. Most associates seemed utterly burned out and didn't seem to care about who I was i.e. ask questions about me or my resume.

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    I couldn't see myself working at this firm. Despite the international opportunities, it seemed utterly joyless and impersonal.

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Clifford Chance US Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2012
Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010

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Headquarters New York, NY
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1930
Type Company - Private
Industry Accounting & Legal
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

Clifford Chance US is a branch of London-based Clifford Chance LLP, one of the world's leading international law firms. In the US, Clifford Chance has offices in New York and Washington, DC. Specialties of the firm's New York office include banking and financial restructuring, corporate finance and securities, and international litigation and arbitration; giants including Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, and Prudential Financial have been clients. Lawyers in the firm's Washington office practice regulatory law and securities litigation. Overall, Clifford Chance has about... More

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