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Clifford Chance launches Middle East trainee scheme
25 July 2014
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Clifford Chance has launched a graduate training scheme based in Dubai.

The firm is offering trainees two six month seats in the UAE and two seats in London, with, bonus, LPC training at the College of Law. Three have already been selected to escape from 40°C  temperatures into refreshing data rooms this year. All will become England and Wales Qualified Solicitors, though they had better like the desert since they'll be expected to stay there on qualification.

    Trainees will be marked down for forgetting the factor 500
The firm is already inviting applications for eight more Sun, Sand and CC* contracts to start in 2015 and 2016. The scheme is open to applicants of all nationalities and backgrounds, though Middle East Head of HR said Shona Sibbald said she was "particularly pleased to see a high number of applications from graduates with Arabic backgrounds".

Middle East Managing Partner Robin Abraham described the scheme as "wonderful and unique opportunity".  Perhaps he wasn't aware that Pinsent Masons rolled out a similar scheme a few months back, selecting four students to pack off to the desert

Still, it's a timely step for the Magic Circle firm, which next year celebrates 40 years since it opened its first office in the UAE. Abraham said "being able to offer training contracts in the Middle East is critical to our commitment to the region".

*Please note Clifford Chance is not ABTA-recognised and will not provide bail if candidates are caught drunk in the sand dunes.
  

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anonymous user
30/01/2015 00:10
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Ahahahaha! HR telling off employees for using too much loo roll! Sums Parabis up really!
anonymous user
30/01/2015 07:14
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Trowers clearly needs to 'change the story' to avoid further bad headlines. May I suggest a Chinese merger? Seemed to work for SJ Berwin.
anonymous user
30/01/2015 10:10
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It is good to see the merger between Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham was such an excellent idea.
anonymous user
30/01/2015 10:58
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Would the present winner be interested in some turd polish? JML are offering some for sale on QVC.
anonymous user
30/01/2015 23:16
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I am one of the above mentioned secondees working as a team leader at the offices of one of Parabis' insurance clients. As far as I am aware, none of the handlers in my team have ever accused me of being a practitioner of the sin of onanism.
anonymous user
31/01/2015 10:29
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As far as you are aware? That's a pretty big caveat! As a team leader in Parabis you wouldn't know 90% of what is being said as you are most likely nurturing the fear of speaking up amongst everyone around you, which is ruthlessly stemming down from above.
anonymous user
02/02/2015 04:27
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Well done to Bond Dickinson. From worst law firm in the country in 2012 to somewhere above the bottom three. Credit to the management for shipping out so many of the problem partners. Just a few more to go.
anonymous user
03/02/2015 17:42
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More moaning from people too scared to use the big thing in the middle of the office - the bloody door.
anonymous user
03/02/2015 19:50
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Hahaha! Trowers finally gets a bit of recognition. Well done Jenni Gubbins. A truly remarkable thing you’ve achieved in a few short years.
anonymous user
04/02/2015 00:18
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Parabis remains the worst place to work. Shame it was not last again.
anonymous user
04/02/2015 14:34
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If you cannot hack it the local authority will be pleased to have you. You will be paid less than the park keeper though to do dog shit prosecutions in an office with a shopping trolley in it full of files and fish wives that gossip all day
anonymous user
05/02/2015 19:23
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I can only assume that anon at 14.34 on 04/02/2015 is Parabis management. The tone and attitude are just too familiar...
anonymous user
05/02/2015 20:10
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To 00.18 on 4 Feb: if you genuinely work at Parabis and feel that way it is a shame. However, you can leave and fulfil your promise elsewhere. Don't forget that. Don't waste your energy where you don't want to be. Let the people who want to be at Parabis get on with it, without back biting and snide comments. Please.
anonymous user
07/02/2015 15:27
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This is well deserved. Within a few short months of joining I have hugely regretted my decision. Staff turnover seems to be high and people are regularly pushed out in a way that would give Stalinist Russia a run for its money. And for all its talk of diversity I have never met a more homophobic work force.

It seems to have a real identity crisis in terms of the work it wants to do. I am currently applying for other jobs. On the plus the offices are nice. I just wonder whether they can keep up the rent.
anonymous user
02/03/2015 16:15
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More redundancies at Parabis coming soon!!. Really is not the firm to work for.
anonymous user
05/04/2015 01:06
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The Parabis top brass need to pull their fingers out and start introducing the changes they promised were coming last summer! Pay rise, bonus, benefits, career development!
  

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