Have you ever wondered what it could be likely working for a Magic Circle law firm? Alex Renouf, a Clifford Chance trainee shares his experiences on placement in Amsterdam...
"I've been working in the Amsterdam office now for three months, and have had a fantastic time. The city is beautiful, and the office is very friendly. As a CC trainee, I'm living in a flat provided for me by the office, and it is perfect, very large with new, modern facilities and a friendly landlord who is always keen to resolve any issues that come up. Also, it's less than a five minute walk to the office!
The office itself is a stunning building, unique among international law firms in Amsterdam in that it is based right in the city centre, in a 19th Century brick building near to the train station. As a result, whether at home or at work I am close to everything.
The work has been interesting and enjoyable so far, and working in a small team has given me more responsibilities and opportunities than I might have had in the same group in London. I am in the UK Banking team, which primarily involves working on English law and multi-jurisdictional transactions for the largest Dutch banks. Also within the office, I have been able to take advantage of opportunities available to the Dutch lawyers, including drinks and networking events, and playing football for the firm.
Life in Amsterdam is always fun. The city has a laid back feel to it which is welcome after spending 3 years in London. Exploring the city with trainees from both CC and the other law firms, with whom there is a useful expat community, is always rewarding, with plenty of scenic views, welcoming bars, interesting museums, and of course the more touristy side of Amsterdam which visiting friends have been very keen to see.
Most spectacular of all was Queensday, a public holiday and 24 hour party enveloping the entire city in a wash of orange. I have seen nothing like it before, with music and entertainment on land and in boats in the canals, a friendly and positive atmosphere which was brilliant to be a part of.
I would recommend the opportunity of working here, both from a CC perspective and simply to take advantage of being able to live in the city for 6 months. I've had a great time, and am looking forward to my last three months!"