Antitrust Mid-Level Associate


  1. Brussels
  2. Lawyers
  3. Permanent
  4. Clifford Chance

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Job description

Job Description


Please note we will be prioritizing and reviewing applications from candidates who apply directly through our career portal and, we will not be considering applications submitted by recruitment agencies at this time.


Clifford Chance is looking for a lawyer with three to five years of experience in competition law to join the Brussels' office's antitrust group.

What do we look for in our people?  We are looking for an entrepreneurial spirit, ambition, intellectual curiosity, and an unwavering focus on clients’ needs.


  • Fluent spoken and written English (native or second language)
  • Law degree from a European university, U.S. law school (or English language university)
  • Fully qualified to a European bar
  • Passion for antitrust law

We are looking for at least three years of relevant experience and will take into account other factors that would contribute to the candidate's ability to successfully work within our team. Candidates with previous exposure to high profile or complex matters are preferred.

You will naturally be able to demonstrate excellent document drafting skills. You should demonstrate strong communication and analytical skills along with a high level of commercial awareness.

You will need to demonstrate that you can thrive in a team with high professional standards and a flexible client-friendly commercial approach. You will have had strong exposure of collaborating with multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary teams.

It is crucial that you can demonstrate an appetite for business development, client relationship management and thought leadership.

Company Description

The antitrust team in Brussels forms part of Clifford Chance's Global antitrust team, which advises on ground-breaking, high-profile cases across antitrust, merger control, and state aid. We work in small teams, giving team members responsibility and opportunities for client exposure early in their careers.

Lawyers in the Brussels antitrust team work closely with our global network of over 180 antitrust lawyers. Our team covers all the key hubs of Europe, Asia-Pacific and the US, enabling us to support our clients on their most complex and important antitrust matters across the world. We work together to solve multinational antitrust issues, taking into account the interplay between different practices and rules, and always mindful of the practical implications antitrust issues may have on our clients' business.

Additional Information

About the Firm

We are one of the largest international law firms in the world. With over 30 offices across the globe, we strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, providing them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Our firm, work and people span jurisdictions, cultures, and languages. We offer our clients a truly international perspective. We believe every career should be rewarding and stimulating - full of opportunities to learn, thrive, and grow. That’s why we’re so proud of our inclusive, friendly, and team-based approach to work.

Our one firm global strategy is focused on targeted growth led by the needs of our core clients, those who we can best support with the breadth and depth of Clifford Chance expertise, across the sectors and geographies, which matter most to them.

You’ll find our clients in commercial, tech and industrial sectors, the financial investor community, governments, regulators, trade bodies, and not-for-profit organisations. But no matter who they are or why they’ve reached out to us, we provide a world-class service every step of the way. And that’s thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit and conscientious approach to work that you’ll find across all of our teams.

Whichever area of the business you join, you’ll become an integral part an innovative, diverse and ambitious team of people. Clifford Chance is a place where the brightest minds and the best of colleagues meet.


Equal opportunities

At Clifford Chance, we understand that our true asset is our people. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our firm and society.

We are committed to treating all employees and applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age.  This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

We have a variety of flourishing employee networks. These networks are a place for colleagues to share experiences and advocate for change wherever they see an opportunity for improvement.

Our goal is to deliver an equality of opportunity, an equality of aspiration and an equality of experience to everyone who works in our firm. 

Find out more about our inclusive culture here


How to apply

If you wish to apply for this position, please upload:

  • your CV
  • cover letter (including information on your EU bar qualification)
  • official transcripts/scorecards for each year at law school
  • a copy of your official diploma
  • an English writing sample on a legal topic (no more than 3 to 4 pages; please do not submit co-authored papers or publications)

  1. Brussels

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