Clifford Chance launches ‘Tech Academy’ to help lawyers get to grips with coding

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AI, blockchain and cybersecurity lessons also on the menu

Clifford Chance has launched a global initiative to help its lawyers gain a better understanding of tricky tech topics including coding, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain.

The aim of this new ‘Tech Academy’ is to encourage CC’s lawyers to become more tech-savvy through a combination of online learning and face-to-face workshops. By way of example, the magic circle player says staff will have access to two online training programmes on coding, “one for those with basic understanding and another for those with intermediate knowledge”.

Online resources aside, lawyers will also have the opportunity to get to grips with topics such as AI, blockchain, cybersecurity and e-commerce through a series of workshops held throughout the year. The full-day skills sessions — which are available “around the world”, the firm says — are run by an Aussie-based consultancy outfit called Collective Campus.

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“Our clients’ market environment is undergoing a paradigm shift,” says Clifford Chance finance partner Paul Landless, “with technology pervasive across all sectors and deeply affecting our clients’ businesses.” He continues:

“As a firm we want to develop our people fully with a balanced set of both technical and business skills for today and the future, focussed on what our clients need and with a strong grasp of business trends in our clients’ industries.”

Clifford Chance isn’t the first magic circle firm to take pro-active steps to ensure its lawyers have a command of coding.

In late 2016, we reported that Linklaters was encouraging its lawyers to learn how to create computer code following a request from a forward-thinking trainee.

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Right after the pool cleaning lessons, and before the “pretending you still belong in the magic circle” lessons.



You can always spot the candidates that got rejected a mile off. Bravo(!)



Haven’t you got some coding to do?



Haven’t you got some more applications to prepare for?

We wish you the best with your future endeavours. xoxo



Lovely people, this CC lot.


Thanks, babes. xoxo

Partner at firm that will not be named as it will cause the name to be deleted when Alex sees it and gets scared

No one gets rejected from CC. I once claimed my spaniel had a third class degree from Hull and they offered him a TC. True story.



We rejected your transfer request and your dog’s application three times now. We have no affiliation with you or your spaniel.



Is CC now worse than Ashurst and Travers Smith?



Pretty much yes – pays the same because they dishonestly wrap in their bonuses when announcing pay, and is a far more toxic culture from what I’ve heard …



From what you’ve heard, not what you’ve experienced.



So I need to live in Congo before making a judgment never to live there? The place is awful.

CC Trainee

This is great! I can’t wait to learn!



An easy quick buck for Collective Campus which will ultimately be viewed as a bit of a gimmick. CC trainees desperate for a job to smile and nod throughout the process but any knowledge they pick up will soon be forgotten in a month’s time as they return to the bread and butter of page 283 of the latest facility agreement.



That may be true for some, but not for everyone.



CC HR are all over this article! Really earning their money today!



At least we’re earning money over here…

Apply some cream to that burn twice a day, or as instructed by your general practitioner.



You guys get flogged like US firm lawyers and get paid peanuts in comparison – certainly at the bottom of the magic circle. So let’s face it, money isn’t really your selling point is it…


Have you ever considered that some of us don’t want to be in US firms for a reason? We definitely have a different working culture over here. And, ‘peanuts in comparison’? I’ve got too much of a peanut allergy to even entertain that with a response, but I will say that your math skills are a little poor. As for CC being at ‘the bottom of the magic circle’, do your research then get back to us on that lol.


Slaughters pays less than everyone moron


That’s because they will have slaughtered them all by May


Except that CC’s bonus being included in their figures means CC actually pays less than Slaughters.



Your disclosed figures are fake news – the aggregate of base pay plus the median of the “good” and “exceptional” bonuses. Except no more than approximately 10% of lawyers will get the exceptional bonus (hence the name), and a similar numbers of lawyers will receive no bonus at all. So its completely dishonest, even when considering the total compensation package.

Slaughters has similar base pay but their bonuses aren’t a sham. So in financial terms one ends up better off. But if you are comparing yourself to Slaughters, you’ve already lost the argument.


Not CC, but surely if a median is taken of the bonuses, then they’ll likely just factor in a “good” bonus and ignore the 10% of “exceptional” ones?


No it doesn’t work like that. Say, as a fictitious example, that the bonus payable is £5,000 if good and £25,000 if exceptional. Their disclosed figures for that PQE level will then incorporate £15,000 as bonus. This is even though, on average, most people will only be paid the £5,000. And for every person getting the £25,000, there is someone getting no bonus at all.


Also your culture is putrid.


I applied some cream to your mum – she was ever so grateful.


Your legal career must be flourishing with such original comebacks under your belt(!) #pathetic

CC Lawyer

Haven’t heard of anything doing this. Lots of getting bullied and pretending to read board resolutions though.


CC Partner

You useless git. Come to my office in 5 minutes so we can have a meeting about how useless and how intelligent I am, at the client’s expense.



Almost a perfect impression, except you need to emphasise the “come” while gesturing to a female associate with a creepy face.


Someone who actually studies CompSci

Just another bloody PR move. It is too steep a learning curve for mathematically inept and superficial corporate lawyers with no time or STEM backgrounds to understand (to even a workable level) concepts that are fundamental to the application of those fields in the legal space.

In the end, they will gain nothing more than a 9th Grade knowledge of Web Dev, and a dangerously shallow knowledge of the “topical” areas such as ML, Smart Contract development etc.



‘Behind every sucessful firm lies a pack of haters.’ — Eminem



‘Your my bitch.’ — CC Partner on first day orientation.



“Your my bitch”? Don’t you mean “you is”?



“Youse” or, according to Conor McGregor, “You’s”



Bringing technology into law? What a crazy idea! Reminds me of the introduction of the fax machine: useless a couple of years after its introduction! Nothing will replace a bit of grit and determination!



It’s unnecessary for lawyers to learn how to code, that’s what computer programmers are for.



More importantly, does anyone have any information about precisely what it is that they are proposing to teach? How are the courses structured? Are the courses delivered internally, or have they engaged an external provider?


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