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Valerie Kong


I am a lifer at Clifford Chance. I started as an intern in the Singapore office in my second year of university, I enjoyed my internship and therefore applied for a training contract with the firm in London.

During my training, I did my fourth seat in the Corporate M&A team in Singapore. I liked it so much that I decided to qualify in Singapore instead of London. I have now been in this office for every stage of my legal career from trainee to associate, then from counsel to Partner. I’m currently a member of firm’s global Partner Selection Group and heavily involved in internal partner promotion and also lateral partner hire process. I do feel like it’s been a full ‘life cycle’ at Clifford Chance and it’s been a wonderful journey so far.

Qualifying into the Singapore office gave me access to exposure and close interactions with partners during my career which was very meaningful and enjoyable for me. The approachability and availability of senior lawyers was very important for my development. I think our system of Trainees and Supervisors, Mentors and Buddies ensures that there is mentorship, support and a good supply of tea and coffee all around, making sure that we don’t lose that sense of belongingness in a team. 

We invest a lot as a firm in the training programme and it’s really an opportunity for a young lawyer to experience what it’s like across our different practice areas. It’s only through exposure and on-the-job experience that you know which area you feel motivated by. With that, I say, always keep an open mind - Do not be afraid to ask questions and remain curious. 


My advice 

We’re seeking juniors who are interested in our clients and our business, who possess resilience and who have the same values as us. Do your research and think how you can demonstrate this during the application process.

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