Mid-Level Leveraged/Infrastructure Finance Lawyer


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

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Job Description

Group Overview


Clifford Chance has the world's leading global finance practice.  It is the largest group in the firm with a multi-disciplinary practice which stands out from our competitors for the range, calibre and international scope of the deals we handle and the advice we provide. It is significant that we are client-focused rather than product-focused. This means that we can (and do) adapt to our clients' needs as their markets and priorities change.


Our award-winning team is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers & Partners Global Banking & Finance category and our high-quality and ground-breaking international practice continues to be one of the most highly respected in the market.



Who you will work with


You will be a member of our Leveraged and Infrastructure team which is part of the General Finance practice.

You will be delivering advice to a wide range of clients, including banks, financial institutions, corporates and private equity funds.

The General Finance team in London is made up of 17 Partners and approximately 90 lawyers and trainees.



What you will be responsible for


Much of the work undertaken by the Leveraged and Infrastructure team is very innovative, and rarely are two deals the same. So, far from being bound by precedent, you will need to bring fresh, creative thinking to your work. The group acts as the first point of client contact for complex and novel arrangements. As a result, its lawyers need (and will acquire) a detailed understanding of other banking and capital markets products, so as to manage the delivery of multi product financing arrangements for clients' business and products.


As a lawyer at Clifford Chance your remit will be to apply your full knowledge of the law by identifying legal issues, drafting documents and advising clients – we will expect you to:


  • Have responsibility for drafting legal documents clearly and concisely.
  • Create solutions using your legal knowledge, applying effective research techniques.
  • Challenge and test advice against legal compliance and risks.
  • Be proactive to pursue and expand legal knowledge to ensure legal knowledge and technical expertise up to date.
  • Utilise client focus initiatives in terms of driving ​understanding and monitoring service levels of their individual client needs.
  • Engage with knowledge resources effectively and collaborate in knowledge initiatives for the Firm.
  • Manage matters with a disciplined practice - comprising of timely timesheet submission, adhering to matter opening and conflicts clearance processes.
  • Adopt best delivery tools: e.g. templates, Legal Support Centre, Resource Management, Legal Project Managers, Matter Balance Reports.


Your career experience so far


We are seeking a mid-level lawyer who can demonstrate proven post-qualification experience in leveraged and/or infrastructure finance.  Your knowledge and experience will probably have been gained at a leading practice with a reputation for work in this area.


We expect an outstanding academic history and proven first rate legal skills, combined with a strong reputation amongst clients for providing commercial solutions, excellent transactional and management skills.


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



How we will support you


  • From your first day with us, you will have varied opportunities to grow and develop your skills and knowledge through formal training, informal coaching and mentoring as well as skills-based and technical training and on the job learning.
  • We are pioneers with an unrivalled knowledge of the market and we have worked on many of the market leading transactions.
  • We advise on the biggest, most interesting and most high-profile leveraged and infrastructure transactions. The range, calibre and international scope of our deal flow is unique – and makes us stand out from our competitors.
  • As well as recruiting the best people, we insist on the professional development of all our employees. Our lawyers work continuously to develop both legal and personal skills through the training programmes offered by the 'in-house' law education system, the Clifford Chance Academy.
  • We offer all our lawyers an opportunity for secondment, whether to one of our overseas offices or to a London based client, subject to the current restrictions under which we are all required to operate.
  • We are proud of our reputation for being a very informal, meritocratic and diverse group and reinforce this with regular social events – both ad hoc and organised.
  • Our Innovation and tech strategy is a key focus for us and at the forefront of everything we do. We have invested heavily in process improvement, legal project management, lower cost delivery centres (in Delhi and Newcastle) and technology solutions to increase efficiencies on corporate transactions and help control the cost of our services to our clients. 

Company Description

Who we are


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 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 possible 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.


Hybrid Working

This role follows our 'balanced' hybrid working approach and as long as business needs allow, you will be supported to work in a hybrid way with the expectation of working from the office for a minimum of 50% of your time.

Additional Information

Equal opportunities statement


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.


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