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Osborne Clarke LLP

  • 20 vacancies
  • 40 trainees
  • 270 partners
  • 1000 staff

About Osborne Clarke LLP

At Osborne Clarke we turn our legal expertise into our clients' commercial gain by using our experience, expertise and imagination to give tailored, practical advice.

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About you

We're looking for candidates who can communicate effectively, think commercially and practically, solve problems creatively, build effective relationships and demonstrate initiative. Foreign language skills are also an advantage.

Strong academic achievement is essential and candidates should have achieved, or expect to achieve, at least a 2.1 degree in any discipline with grades A-B at A level or equivalent.

We welcome applications from candidates seeking a career change.


To apply

Candidates should complete an online application form which can be accessed through our website: www.joinoc.com. The deadline for summer 2020 vacation scheme is 15 January 2020. The training contract application deadline is 15 January 2020.

Find out more and network with recruiters and lawyers from Osborne Clarke LLP at the LawCareersNetLIVE Manchester student conference on Friday 29 November 2019 and the LawCareersNetLIVE Bristol student conference on Tuesday 10 December 2019. Apply before midnight on Wednesday 30 October 2019 to be considered for a place.


Applications to

Mrs Zoe Reid

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Partner interview
  • Presentation
  • Psychometric testing
  • Written exercise

Osborne Clarke is an award-winning multinational law firm. Over the past two years, we’ve grown rapidly, with 24 offices around the world and we’re proud to say that our influence and impact can now be applied almost anywhere. The core sectors we work in all thrive on innovation; digital business, energy, financial services, life sciences, real estate, recruitment, retail and transport. Our sector teams include lawyers from all legal disciplines, effortlessly blending expertise, insight and enthusiasm. Crucially, we think sector-first, organising ourselves around the current affairs and future challenges of the industries we serve, rather than traditional legal practice areas. It helps keep us one step ahead.

Of course, like any private practice, legal expertise is at the heart of everything we do. But what makes us distinctive? For a start, you can expect to get involved in truly fascinating work. The variety of our deals and the diversity of our clients provide an exciting and immersive commercial framework. This is a firm where fresh ideas (and the confidence and conviction to see them through) are highly prized, and we’re never afraid to take a view. It is also firm with a coherent commercial vision, with a clear direction, supported by a compelling sense of purpose and identity. Put simply, we’re going places. And you can put our positive, can-do attitude down to sustained success, in terms of both profile and performance.

Our high profile clients expect us to be brilliant, whether we are corporate, commercial or litigation lawyers, so we put a lot of effort into helping our people be the best they can throughout their careers – not just at the start of it. We foster the brightest and the best, with class-leading training and development programmes, and a unique climate of learning and discovery for everyone. We place value on individuals and respect their needs, motivations and choices. Our workplaces are designed to promote collaboration, often featuring open plan structures that make it easy to fit in, mix and get involved. You’ll also find flexible and imaginative approaches to everyone’s work/life needs, with a connected infrastructure that is adaptive and tailored to bringing out the best in people.

Finally, there’s our culture. When we asked our recent recruits what attracted them to us, they used words like ‘friendly’, ‘inclusive’, ‘open’ and ‘fun’. To our clients we are ‘approachable’, ‘proactive’, ‘understanding’ and ‘formidable’. This is a firm where integrity and fairness keep us together. We naturally build a strong rapport and enduring connections with everyone we engage with.

To find out what it is like to work at Osborne Clarke read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.

We have an arrangement with BPP to teach both the GDL and the LPC to our future trainees.

We will pay candidates tuition fees provided that they are no more than half way through either course when they are recruited, along with a maintenance grant of £6,500 per course.

Our vacation scheme placements run for two weeks over the summer and offer a great opportunity for you to really get to know us, and for us to get to know you. The placement follows a structured programme where you'll spend time in two different departments to get a feel for the work we do, the clients we work with and the sectors that we operate in. Working alongside a trainee in the team, you'll get involved in real client work to give you a taste of what our trainees do from day to day. You will also have a senior lawyer on hand to answer any tricky questions and give you feedback throughout your placement. Beyond work there are plenty of social and networking events with our trainees and lawyers so that you really get a feel for life as a trainee at Osborne Clarke. If you enjoy your placement, and we think that you've done well, you'll be invited to a training contract interview on your last day with us.

We group all of our trainee training and development into one coherent programme, which can be tailored to your individual needs. You’ll receive on the job training, dedicated technical workshops, all the IT and compliance training you need, and personal development workshops.

We’ll give you practical, business-focused training enabling you to qualify as a commercial solicitor. Your tailored training programme will bring out your potential and allow you to achieve your career aspirations, as well as meeting the needs of Osborne Clarke and the SRA.

Throughout your training contract we want you to experience the broad range of work available at Osborne Clarke. As a trainee, you’ll complete four seats: corporate or banking, real estate, litigation, and one other. In each seat, a senior lawyer will supervise your day-to-day progress and give you regular feedback, so you know how you’re doing. They’re there to help you up your game. Every three months, you’ll have a formal progress review to help you track your development.

Our trainees get lots of responsibility. And they find that it's what differentiates their training contracts from others.

  • Tax
  • incentives
  • pensions
  • employment
  • competition
  • corporate
  • private equity
  • financial institutions
  • commercial litigation
  • property litigation
  • restructuring
  • insolvency
  • banking
  • real estate
  • planning
  • projects
  • commercial
  • IP litigation
  • commercial
  • private client
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial
  • Niche

Practice Areas

Extra info

One London Wall, London, EC2Y 5EB
Phone: 01179173484
Email: trainee.recruitment@osborneclarke.com
Web: www.joinoc.com
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 45
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree, any discipline
Start salary: £37,500 (Bristol) £42,500 (London and Thames Valley)
Sponsorship: GDL and LPC plus maintenance grant
Turnover: £98,200,000 (2012)
Profit per partner: £406,000 (2012)
Starting salary: £37,500
Training contract applications: 1,086 (2014)
Retention rate: 87% (2017)
Partner diversity:
  • 77.0% male (2019)
  • 23.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 43.0% male (2019)
  • 57.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Banks
  • Media and TV organisations
  • Bristol
  • London
  • Reading
  • Asylum Support Appeals Project
  • South Westminster Legal Advice Centre
  • Bright Network
  • Legal and Social Mobility Partnership
  • Legal Apprenticeships
  • Pathways to Law
  • PRIME
  • Rare Recruitment
  • Sutton Trust
  • TARGETjobs Events