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The Real Contract

The Real Contract - Main film

The Real Contract celebrates what it’s like to be a lawyer at Clifford Chance. Hear stories from seven lawyers at different stages of their careers, as they write a letter to their younger selves reflecting on the start of their legal career and what The Real Contract means to them

Meet Hephzibah Adeosun

Hephzibah is a newly qualified Associate in the Corporate Transactions and Advisory Group. She joined the firm and started her Training Contract in 2019. Here she talks about some of the most motivating moments of her Training Contract, lessons she's learned along the way and gives her advice to future trainees. 

Meet Emmanuel Goriola

Emmanuel began as a Clifford Chance Trainee in 2021, during which he completed a six-month secondment in the Madrid office. Here Emmanuel shares what he gained from working in a different office, how he builds strong relationships with clients and the achievements that make the hard work worth it. Emmanuel is currently an Associate in the Antitrust group. 

Meet Maggie Zhao

Maggie is a Partner in Structured Asset Backed Real Estate (SABRE), having worked in the Beijing office for two years before moving to London to begin her Training Contract in 2001. She is also part of the Clifford Chance Partnership Council. Here she reflects on what it was like closing a transaction for the first time and, 20 years on from completing her Training Contract, shares the one piece of advice she would give to her past self. 

Meet Lucy Johnson

Lucy has been at the firm since 2021 and had the unique challenge of starting her Training Contract during the peak of the pandemic. Here she discusses how she made the best of this, overcoming imposter syndrome and the importance of recognising what sets you apart and using this to add value. Lucy is currently a qualified associate in the Real Estate Group. 

In Conversation with..

In Conversation 2 - Main Film

This series is a continuation of the themes and ideas explored in series one. Meet more of our people and hear their fascinating stories through these interviews.  


In Conversation with Jennifer

Hear Jennifer, Partner and Co-Head of our East Africa Group, talk about being born, raised and educated in Kenya and how love led her to Clifford Chance. She reflects on her experience during the Covid-19 lockdown and affirms the importance of making a difference and the power of visible role models. 

In Conversation with Alice

Alice Jefferis was a Senior Associate at the time of this film. She is currently a Director in our fund finance group and is tje Co-founder of our global gender parity network – Accelerate. Hear her share some of the key successes of the group – from equalising our shared parental leave policy to reverse mentoring

In Conversation with Roy

 Hear Roy, Senior Associate and Co-founder of our REACH network reflect on the role reverse mentoring has played in helping people recognise the difference between colour blindness and colour braveness. He shares thoughts about the power of reverse mentoring in breaking down the taboo around speaking about race in the workplace and how the firm provides genuine equality of opportunity. 

In Conversation with Maggie

Hear Maggie talk about her journey from growing up in China to becoming the first Mainland Chinese Partner in London. She offers guidance on following your passion, the importance of being outspoken and the need celebrate success with others. 

In Conversation - Main Film

At Clifford Chance we are our people. Hear six individuals share their unique stories and experiences.  

In Conversation with David

Hear David, Head of Pro Bono UK and Ireland, talk about his journey to the firm which started with winning an essay competition. He shares his thoughts on how the firm has given him the skills and means through which to make his ideas for change a reality. 

In Conversation with Yassin

Yassin is currently an Associate in the Banking & Finance group. She was a Trainee and Chair of our Trainee Committee at the time of filming, and talks about her journey from the Gambia to her first year as a trainee at the firm. She discusses the importance of mentors, role models and champions and her path to becoming "comfortable being uncomfortable". Her highlights include her efforts around destigmatising mental health in the workplace

In Conversation with Simon

Hear Simon, partner and president of the Law Society of England and Wales, talk about his journey at the firm since joining in 1982. He reflects on what's most surprised him during that journey and why love and laughter is so important.  

In Conversation with Aritha

Hear Aritha talk about the importance of being able to be his true self at the firm, the power of the law to impact positive social change and what life beyond Clifford Chance has been like for him.  

In Conversation with Kate

Hear Kate, our Global Knowledge Development Partner talk about the challenges of navigating her successful career whilst raising children. She also shares some of the highlights from her working life and explores what's kept her at the firm.

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