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Colossus (The X-Men) – massive, strong and important but at the same time funny and a bit quirky
With an ‘excellent reputation’ and ‘international presence’, Clifford Chance offers work that ‘exceeds expectations’ and features ‘ground-breaking deals’ that have a prominent ‘public profile’. Expect ‘cutting-edge’, ‘high-profile’ and ‘engaging’ cases, as well as a ‘great deal of client contact’, including opportunities to co-ordinate ‘major client conferences’. The ‘great’ ‘in-depth and tailored’ training contract offers a buddy scheme, ‘quality supervision’ and ‘actual teaching’, and trainees feel that there is a ‘genuine appreciation’ for the work they do and are proud of ‘learning so much in a short space of time’. However, some are concerned by the ‘sink or swim’ attitude and can often feel ‘overwhelmed’ by the workload, leading one insider to comment that training at a global firm can result in ‘expectations of superhuman ability’. Others find that the ‘intense’ hours and ‘weeks of 4ams’ are often met with ‘zero sympathy’, and a few also grumble that the size of the intake can mean that ‘trainee responsibility is limited’. On the bright side, the ‘exceptional’ client contact guarantees you will ‘frequently email, call or attend meetings with clients’, and trainees are also impressed by the ‘commitment’ to diversity and social mobility’. Additionally, a fond mention goes out to the ‘best’ offices ‘of any law firm in London’ and to the ‘lunchtime gym classes’. Current trainee experiences have included meeting CEOs, ‘sitting in on a client lunch where the client explained all about their business and what they wanted to achieve’ and working on the UK’s ‘largest finance deal of the year’. A great choice for those considering a Magic Circle firm known for its ‘excellence’, ‘passion’, diversity and global presence!