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Clyde & Co

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    Clyde & Co is an international law firm with a pioneering heritage and a resolute focus on its core sectors of aviation, energy, healthcare, infrastructure, industrials, insurance, marine, professional practices, shipping and trade.

    With over 1,400 lawyers operating from 33 offices and associated offices across six continents, the firm advises corporations, financial institutions,private individuals, and governments on a wide range of contentious and transactional matters.

    One of the largest employment and pensions practices of any City law firm, together with enhanced capabilities in corporate, global compliance and real estate. A significant business in Asia, with particular strengths in dispute resolution and insurance in Hong Kong and mainland China. A long-established and market-leading practice in the Middle East and a rapidly expanding presence across the US, Canada and South America

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    Contact Details

    138 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AR


    020 7876 5000

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    Locations

    Asia, Australasia, England - Greater London, England - North West, England - South East, Middle East, Rest of The World, U.S. and Canada

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    Trainee Bios

    Becoming and Being a Trainee at Clydes - Sarah Pearson

    I am a second year trainee at Clyde & Co currently undertaking my third seat in Property and Liability Insurance. My previous seats were in Aviation Liability and Healthcare (Clinical Negligence). I first met Clyde & Co at a sponsored team building day in my first year of studying the LLB at Southampton University.

    I worked hard throughout my state school education but never dreamed of working at a City firm, let alone an international law firm! During my second year of University, after changing career paths from barrister to solicitor, I realised I should be pushing for a London training contract; I had nothing to lose! But I was never attracted to the magic circle firms or the working around the clock / sleeping in the office lifestyle. I was attracted to Clyde & Co due to their strong insurance practice, litigation expertise and friendly culture.

    As a trainee, the work at Clyde & Co is interesting, challenging and varied. You have the opportunity to work on multiple different cases for different fee earners, which allows you to gain different skills and forces you to adapt to different work styles. Throughout my three litigation seats I have drafted various documents including pleadings, reports to clients, instructions to experts, instructions to Counsel, and witness statements. I have also attended two trials, two coroner's inquests and several interim application hearings. I have also had the opportunity to run my own smaller files which has allowed me to see the bigger picture of a case and to see the whole process of litigation from pre-action to settlement/trial, rather than simply working on discrete tasks on individual cases. I have always felt a key part of each team I have worked in and not a photocopier/tea maker as I was led to believe at University! Clyde & Co are committed to giving their trainees proper training and although this can often mean you are busy, it also means working here is rewarding and not just a means to an end (i.e. qualifying).

    It is exciting being part of a firm that is growing so rapidly and yet has maintained the culture of a smaller firm. We are a close knit community, particularly amongst the trainees. Some of my closest friends are trainees at the firm and it is a great support network to have. Despite the busy and varied workload as a trainee, I do have time to participate in firm events and I am also part of the Clyde & Co band, which has been a great experience and goes towards achieving that coveted work-life balance. I am very glad that I didn't listen to those telling me I would never get into a London firm or that I would never go onto study law! Clyde & Co is a great place to work and I hope that I continue my career with the firm far into the future.

    A Day In The Life

    Chantelle Davis describes her average work day at Clyde & Co:

    I am a first seat trainee sitting in the Casualty and Healthcare department. I moved to London a couple of weeks before starting my training contract, amazingly only a 15 minute walk from the office! This was a big change from student living in Birmingham. One of my favourite aspects of my training contract is that no two days are the same. I have a varied work load day to day, as well as a varied social calendar. Most weeks involve a trainee gathering of some sort, whether it be a lunch, dinner or drinks. Alongside this are regular client and firm events which I love to get involved with. Here is a typical day in the life of me:

    7:00 – Wake up and walk to the gym

    7:30 – Body pump class

    9:15 – Grab a quick coffee and some cereal from the canteen and arrive at my desk

    9:15 – 10:00 – Review my to-do list, answer my emails and make any calls I need to make

    10:00 – 12:30 – Review a Claimant's medical records and make a detailed summary to pass onto our medical expert

    12:30 – 13:00 – Urgent research for a Partner for a conference being held at 2:00pm

    1:30 – 14:00 – Grab some lunch with a friend in the department

    14:00 – 15:30 – Catch up with my supervisor, who asks me to complete the following tasks for an upcoming conference with counsel: draft instructions to counsel and prepare an accompanying bundle (Note to self: pencil in diary conference in one week)

    15:30 – 16:30 – Review the list of requested for disclosure by the other side, draft a letter informing the insured of their disclosure obligations and a phone call to discuss any documentation that may not exist

    16:30 – 18:00 – Review our client's records and redact any sensitive information prior to disclosure to the other side

    18:15 pm – Meet fellow trainees at the Pizza bar for a bev and some free pizza!

    21:30 pm - Walk home

    Eat. Sleep. Repeat.

    International Opportunities

    "I decided to apply for the MENA training contract, having grown up in Dubai and seeing a potential for growth in the market. Clyde & Co is the largest international firm in the UAE so the work that is carried out by the Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices is high quality and very varied. MENA trainees become active and involved team members in the seats they sit in and the opportunity to carry out associate-level work in a very supportive and friendly environment. The work is both local and international and you interact with both the local culture as well as the diverse cultures of clients and other international offices. I also had the opportunity to carry out a seat in the UK, which allowed me to interact with people from other offices and get exposure to the type of work that is carried out in London. The work life balance is good and there is a network of trainees that allowed me to meet new people and explore what Dubai has to offer after work, with most weekends spent on the beach or at an all-day brunch." Sirena Chalhoub

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