Clifford Chance loses fourth US litigator this week

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  • Defecting Partners......

    Will the last person to leave, please turn off the lights...?!

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  • Make your mind up!

    Clifford Chance should either take the hit of heavy investment in Manhattan or just pull out. The slow and cautious approach they've had so far just isn't paying off - they need to commit properly or just cut their losses.

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  • Big crunch from the big apple

    CC's problem is that it believes its brand is more important than its lawyers. As a result, it doesn't make much effort to retain talent, working on the basis there is always a queue of people waiting to take their place.

    The partners are more interested in themselves than the lawyers and this can only spell trouble. Bonuses, promotions to the partnership and general pastoral support are poor, not to mention the politics. Many of the best people leave through disaffection. Perhaps this is just the start of its fall from grace. Linklaters will steal their crown within two years.

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  • Former CC employee

    I completely agree with the comments made by the Former CC lawyer. I used to work at CC and left because the Partners I worked for were the worst I had ever come across in my professional career. All out for themselves and that is the environment that Clifford Chance breeds. A hostile arrogant place where the the people that do the least work thrive. I felt that I was working in a provincial law firm with very small minded people rather than what it supposed to be an international number one law firm. The law firm is carrying a number of staff that don't contribute anything in real terms , dead wood that sit around getting paid at the expense of those that work hard (who then get kicked out). This will assure its fall from the No 1 spot!

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  • Fall from Grace

    The Partners at Clifford Chance have not grasped the basic fact that you can still make money and treat staff with respect.

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