Clyde & Co has grown to become a leading global law firm
in our core sectors. With over 2,500 legal professionals operating
from over 60 offices and associated offices across six continents,
we offer a comprehensive range of legal services and advice to
businesses operating at the heart of global trade and commerce.
From developed to emerging markets, we aim to support our
clients by putting the power of our globally integrated firm at
their disposal with a range of seamless and efficient services and
the very best, commercially minded, legal advice. This, together
with our sector expertise and regional understanding, allows us to
help clients identify and manage risk and liability, navigate
challenges, harness commercial potential, and achieve sustained
growth in today's complex and volatile business environment.
Clyde & Co in the Middle East and Africa
With over 30 years' experience in the
region and the largest presence of any international law firm in the
Middle East, we pride ourselves on being able to help clients
recognise and overcome the challenges of doing business in the
Middle East and Africa.
In the Middle East, our more than 40
partners and 150 legal professionals work from four offices located
across the region. Our Dubai office acts as a central hub for our
Middle East and Africa regional operations that include, in the
Middle East, offices in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Doha in Qatar and
Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Our large regional presence enables us to
support our clients across the full spectrum of their corporate and
commercial needs throughout the GCC and wider Levant.
Our deep sector knowledge covers
insurance, energy, transport, infrastructure, marine and trade as
well as aviation, education, finance, healthcare, hospitality, and technology.
What is a training contract?
A training contract is a two-year placement that is undertaken
by trainee solicitors who have completed the PGDL and SQE LLM in
Legal Practice for non-law graduates or SQE LLM in Legal Practice
for those that hold a law degree. For those that accept a trainee
contract with us Clyde & Co will provide support your tuition
The final step before qualification, it can be likened to an
apprenticeship: an opportunity to put all your academic knowledge to
vocational use. Trainees will spend two years getting a practical
legal education overseen by senior solicitors at the firm.
What does the role involve?
As a trainee lawyer, you can expect tasks to be very varied.
To keep things simple, here are a list of tasks that you can expect
to encounter during your time at Clyde & Co:
- Legal research - Drafting documents as part of
transactions and litigation, including facility agreements, witness
statements and pleadings - Communicating and meeting with
clients - Document review - Bundling documents in
preparation for trial
Examples of trainee duties and responsibilities
-Assisting case-handlers with active files -Upholding the
firm's reputation at external events -Developing legal
knowledge by attending both internal and external training
sessions -Managing workload as well as getting involved in pro bono
What we're looking for
We are looking for candidates genuinely interested in
the law and committed to a career in the Middle East upon
qualification. Whilst our programme is open to both law and non-law
students and graduates from universities near and far, regional focus
is important to us and this year we are particularly interested in candidateswith advanced or fluent
Arabic language skills.
We look for candidates with excellent academics (a minimum of three A
Levels at grades A, A, B or equivalent), but your commercial acumen,
interpersonal skills and adaptability are also of interest to us.
We are looking for candidates to start their training contracts with
us in 2024 & 2025.
What we offer
We offer a competitive salary and benefits
package as a newly qualified solicitor. As a trainee, you will also
be entitled to a range of rewards and benefits:
- Private medical including health checks
- Financial support relating to tuition
fees - Maternity and paternity pay - Flexible working
arrangements - Accommodation loan
We'll make sure you have plenty of support and guidance
throughout your programme. You can also look forward to a tailored
induction programme and on-going internal training designed to
ensure you have the skills, knowledge, and commercial acumen you
need to become a well-round solicitor.
The application processes
We are looking for applicants with the motivation to join our
firm and potential to be successful in the role throughout our
process. You'll need to make your application online via our online
application system. You will then be invited to complete our digital
immersive assessment which simulates a realistic preview of the role
of a trainee solicitor. It looks to assess specific strengths and
skills required in the role and asks you to complete a series of
motivational and strengths-based questions though video interviews.
Following this, if successful we will be
in contact to invite you to our virtual assessment day which will
consist of a commercial thinking exercise, group exercise, role play
and strengths based interview.
The deadline to submit your application is 2