Clyde & Co LLP profile

About Us

Clyde & Co is a leading, sector-focused global law firm with 440 partners, 1800 lawyers, 2500 legal professionals and over 4000 staff in over 50 offices and associated offices worldwide. The firm specialises in the sectors that move, build and power our connected world and the insurance that underpins it, namely: transport, infrastructure, energy, trade & commodities and insurance.

With a strong focus on developed and emerging markets, the firm has achieved compound average annual revenue growth of 15% over the last ten years, making it one of the fastest growing law firms in the world with ambitious plans for further growth. This can be seen through the addition of five new offices this year in; Munich, Vancouver, Phoenix, Denver, and Las Vegas. Against a backdrop of continued votality in our core sectors, these results demonstrate the resilience of our business and its balance across sectors and geographies

Main areas of work:

Clyde & Co advise clients across our five core global sectors that underpin the global economy: insurance, energy, trade & commodities, infrastructure, transportation. Further supported by our broad regional sector capabilities; banking & financing, corporate disputes, cyber security, education, emerging markets, employment, financial services, fraud, healthcare, hospitality, intellectual property, litigation, pensions, real estate, and trade sanctions.

Who should apply

The firm is looking for candidates who combine an excellent academic track record with strong commercial acumen and a practical approach to problem-solving. We therefore look for those with ambition, independent thinking, curiosity and commitment, honed with the ability Trainees need to communicate effectively and build relationships with both clients and colleagues.

First Year Opportunities

Our Bright Futures programme is a nine month programme which offers first-year law students and penultimate-year non-law students the opportunity to gain an insight into life at an international law firm. It is aimed at candidates who are from lower socioeconomic status groups looking for their first taste of life in a large commercial law firm.

Vacation Schemes

Our vacation schemes are the perfect opportunity for you to experience life with our firm. You’ll spend two weeks with us and, although some of your time will be about you getting to know what we do and who we work with, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know our trainees, associates and partners too.

Virtual Experience Programme

At Clyde & Co, we recognise the challenges that students and graduates can face when trying to access a career in the legal profession. It is our aim to provide an opportunity to understand what a career in law would look like by providing a practical insight into the day to day life of a commercial lawyer. To make this vision a reality, we have partnered with Forage to provide a globally accessible virtual experience programme that can help anyone, anywhere explore, develop, and attain a career in law.

This modular virtual experience will provide practical skills and confidence to all of the candidates that complete it. Through a series of simulated tasks designed directly by our global team of Clyde & Co lawyers, based on their own experiences in the firm.

Training Contracts

You will gain early responsibility with opportunities to develop your skills through close personal supervision and a wide range of training courses. You will undertake four six-month seats, which will cover both contentious and transactional work. You may choose to be seconded to one of our international offices, or have the opportunity to undertake a client secondment. The combination of a wide variety of practice areas, local offices, international and client opportunities means you’ll have the chance to have a broad range of exposure to our whole network.

We’ll make sure you have plenty of support before your training begins – you can look forward to one-to-one sessions with our graduate team covering things like your career preferences; workshops, presentations and training sessions at our offices; an LPC mentoring programme and social events.

The Professional Skills Course (PSC) will form the foundation of your professional development as you move forward with your career. It’s supported by various legal, technical and business-focused sessions. In addition to this, you’ll have access to MyDevelopment – an online training resource to support you with your personal and professional development. We also have an extensive training library which will help you to succeed within your role, fulfil your potential and progress your career

Diversity and inclusion:

The firm wishes to attract, develop and retain a diverse workforce that is fully representative of the communities and rich cultures in which we live and work. This requires us to promote and share an inclusive culture for all our employees, where everyone feels respected and has the opportunity to contribute to the success of the business. We have a range of internal D&I networks including:

  • GECCO - Gender Equality at Clyde & Co
  • ACED - Achieving Ethnic and Cultural Diversity
  • Wellness & Disability
  • Pryde - our LGBT+ network

Pro bono initiatives

Clyde & Co has a policy that up to 50 hours of firm-approved pro bono activities will be credited towards fee earners' billable targets. These hours will be treated as chargeable work in this context. This allowance applies to all fee earners globally. There are many pro bono opportunities, including trainee-led initiatives such as our Climate Change Group.

Clyde & Co is proud to be a disability confident employer. We work with MyPlus who support the 15% of disabled students and graduates applying for jobs, internships and placements. What does this mean? Click here to find out more


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"The Scheme gave an overview of the work that a trainee solicitor does on a day-to-day basis. The work involved attending team meetings to discuss what work everyone should be doing. It also involved doing research and writing articles for the firms websit..." Read full review


"The first two days were induction days where we heard talks to gain a deeper insight into the firm, including a talk about the firms growth and about groups you can join at the firm, such as the Climate Change Group. We then spent the remainder of the sc..." Read full review

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