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Job Title MEA Training Contract 2024/2025
Role Graduate/Intern
Job Location Dubai

About the firm

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 fees.

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 candidates with 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 January 2023