Clyde & Co LLP Training Contract Cover Letter
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Clyde & Co LLP
Re: Application for a Training Contract [year]
Dear [recruiter’s name],
I have completed a qualifying law degree (with honours) at the [University] with a [grade] class grade in [year]. I am applying for a training contract to commence in [year] advertised on Latestlawjobs.com.
I am especially interested in Clyde & Co LLP because I am attracted by its entrepreneurial culture that is reflected in its high-profile disputes or high-value deals that are groundbreaking within their particular fields. For example, I was very fascinated that Clyde & Co LLP advised the Government of Yemen in the establishment of a national oil company. This entrepreneurial approach is essential when operating in difficult jurisdictions and dealing with complex cases that do not always have clearly defined solutions. For me, this will produce an atmosphere of spirit and adventure where I will have to be responsive and apply fresh thinking to complex commercial problems.
Another aspect that sets Clyde & Co LLP apart from other firms is its breadth of work and a diverse range of transactions and disputes. This is successfully reflected by the client portfolio, from the insurance and re-insurance impacts of major global events such as Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 to the purchase of major assets such as ships and aircraft. I would receive the opportunity to work alongside leading professionals in their fields such as trade, energy and aviation. This will see me undertake cutting-edge work in one of the financial capitals of the world and present me with interesting work, greater variety and a wider group of experts to learn from which would make my work intellectually and commercially rewarding.
The international opportunities presented by Clyde & Co LLP make it my first-choice law firm. I would receive the excitement of working on multi-jurisdictional cases and liaising with the firm’s international offices. The opportunity of a secondment to the firm’s overseas office would allow me to broaden my horizons and develop greater variety and depth of experience to my work and enable me to operate in some of the richest and most distinct economies of the world.
At present, I am assisting [law firm]’s London team on [high-net-worth individual]’s defense to [high-net-worth individual]’s claim estimated at £[value] in a dispute arising from sale of the claimant’s shares in [natural resources company], one of [country’s] largest oil companies. I am working closely with [law firm]’s associates from [city] and London offices in conducting disclosure. I have confidently demonstrated immaculate attention to detail when analysing documents and meeting tight deadlines. I then collaborated with the wider team to bring individual elements together and reach a successful conclusion. I applied strong communication skills and irrepressible optimism when explaining to associates why I thought specific documents to be relevant to the disclosure request pursuant to the court’s order. This made my experience challenging and allowed me to grasp new concepts with ease, which makes me suited to a career with Clyde & Co LLP where I will have to liaise with a wide range of professionals and form and maintain relationships at all levels.
At [Law Firm Name] ([LAW FIRM INITIALS]), I assisted the senior partner on a cross-border case comprising of a shareholder dispute in a natural resources joint venture vehicle. As the client could only speak [language], I was the first point of contact. The client requested that I attend the Board of Directors (BoD) Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of a natural resources joint venture in Amsterdam. I attended in my capacity as an interpreter between [language] clients and English, Dutch and [language] solicitors. At the EGM, I maintained a thick skin and resourcefully tailored my communication for diverse audiences. I applied a sharp analytical mind to explain complex issues in a simple language and made sense of a complicated situation. I maintained a very commercial focus and demonstrated physical and mental stamina coupled with unabating enthusiasm. I was required to think on my feet and see things from a business perspective and always align myself with client’s commercial objectives whilst managing to remain robust and calm under pressure. By assuming large amounts of responsibility and operating in a quick-paced environment with tight deadlines, I have developed my ability to respond to imminent problems confidently and effectively which makes me suited to Clyde & Co LLP’s entrepreneurial style and its refreshing lack of hierarchy.
Having worked on some landmark cases at leading US and city law firms, I have developed a very steep learning curve and an ability to form and maintain relationships with clients and overseas solicitors. I was always forthcoming with ideas and exercised intellectual rigour to find practical solutions to complex problems. A career with Clyde & Co LLP will provide me with early responsibility in an environment where I will be able to develop my style of working. This will in turn foster my creativity to produce innovative solutions thus making my work intellectually stimulating and rewarding.
I would be grateful for the opportunity to attend an interview for which I am available at your convenience.
Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
At university, I was a law representative for the student-staff liaison committee, a very proactive executive of the [university] [language] Speaking Society ([SOCIETY INITIALS]) and a zealous member of the ‘[society]’ society. In the past, I have been involved in projects aimed to save electricity by switching off unused computers in the library during vacation breaks. For the first time in fifty years, I have established the ‘[University] Amateur [Sport] Club’ in [year].
A successful commercial solicitor must have effective communication skills. This means that a solicitor must have an ability to communicate at different levels and according to the situation to make complex seem logical and straightforward. Their argument will need to be presented thoughtfully and persuasively. Furthermore, a successful solicitor must have very good commercial awareness which is vital in understanding not only how the firm’s clients’ businesses work but also how to create commercial opportunities and add value to the firm. Since law is a demanding profession, a solid commitment to achieving goals is vital. As the legal profession is becoming more global, an increasing number of cases are transgressing multiple borders and jurisdictions, which means that an ability to work in a team with a wide variety of people is important.
Please indicate if you would like to be considered for a six-month seat in one of our overseas offices. Please state the preferred office(s) and reasons for your choice:
I would like to be considered for the [city] office because it is fairly young and still undergoing growth, which suggests that I would be able to assume large levels of responsibility and utilise my advanced language skills to a great extent. Having worked on several high-value and high-profile matters involving [language] clients in UK, I have developed a desire to view such cases from the angle of [language] jurisdiction. Similarly, having an excellent understanding of [language] language and culture, I would be able to add value to Clyde & Co and help its growth in [country].