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Clifford Chance US LLP

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Clifford Chance ranks as the law firm to consult when it comes to banking & corporate law issues. It ranks #16 in general corporate practice, #19 in private equity, and #29 in the vault law 100, according to vault ranking 2011. [1]



Founded in 1802, Clifford Chance is a prestigious international law firm representing clients throughout the world with offices in 20 countries. The firm maintains its headquarters in the heart of London, UK.[2]

With clients stretching around the globe, Clifford Chance provides legal services to a diverse set of clients in industries such as: Banks, Consumer goods & retail, Energy & infrastructure, Financial services, Funds & investment management, Government & public policy, Healthcare, life sciences & chemicals, Industrials, Insurance, Private equity, Real estate, Technology, media & telecoms, and Transport & logistics.[3] With such high profile clients, the firm also maintains a formal pro bono policy which sets a goal of 50 hours annually for individual attorneys regarding minimum pro bono hours.[4]

1st year associates at Clifford Chance receive a competitive benefits package, which includes a salary of $160,000 per year, 4 wks vacation, medical, dental, 401(k), flexible spending accounts (FSA) for health & dependent care, basic/supplemental/spousal life, basic and supplemental disability, malpractice insurance, paid parental leave, and many more.[5]

Clifford Chance Practice Areas

Clifford Chance offers a number of specialized practice areas:[6]

  • Antitrust/Competition, EU & Trade
  • Banking & finance
  • Capital markets
  • Construction
  • Employment, employee benefits & pensions
  • Environment
  • Funds & investment management
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Islamic finance
  • Litigation
  • M&A/corporate
  • Project development & finance
  • Public policy
  • Real estate
  • Regulatory enforcement & white collar
  • Restructuring & insolvency
  • Tax
  • Technology, media & telecoms

Clifford Chance Offices

Clifford Chance has 32 offices in 20 countries:[7]

  • Africa
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

Clifford Chance Size

Clifford Chance has over 3,600 lawyers employed globally throughout the firms 32 offices in 20 countries. The firm’s London Office, which has a staff of around 828 lawyers, is the largest when it comes to lawyers staffed in one office.[8]

Clifford Chance Recruiting

When it comes to recruiting and campus interviews, the firm has a wide selection of schools it visits: Columbia University Law School, Cornell Law School, George Washington, Duke University School of Law, University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard Law School, New York University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, University of Virginia School of Law, and Yale Law School.[9]

Clifford Chance Salary and Bonuses

Clifford Chance provides a competitive salary for its employees.

Associate Base Salary Bonus Range Bonus Comments
Low High Discretionary

1st Year

2nd Year

$35,000 Yes
3rd Year

$40,000 Yes
4th Year

$45,000 Yes
5th Year $210,000
$50,000 Yes
6th Year $225,000
$55,000 Yes
  • Salary based on June 2006 figures.[10]



  1. http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/rankings?companyId=413
  2. http://www.cliffordchance.com/about_us.html
  3. http://www.cliffordchance.com/sectors.html
  4. http://www.nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=f057001&orgtypeid=F
  5. http://www.nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=f057001&orgtypeid=F
  6. http://www.cliffordchance.com/legal_area.html
  7. http://www.cliffordchance.com/locations.html
  8. http://www.nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=f057001&orgtypeid=F
  9. http://www.nalpdirectory.com/dledir_search_results.asp?fscid=f057001&orgtypeid=F
  10. http://www.infirmation.com/shared/lss/one-payscale.tcl?employer_id=NY0850


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