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We're looking for the qualities that make a great Osborne Clarke lawyer. The ability to listen, learn and collaborate; a passion for client service; a genuine interest in the business environment; a problem-solving approach; and – of course – the drive and motivation to succeed.
We have no minimum academic criteria, and use the Rare Contextual System to allow added appreciation of the context in which your academic achievements have been gained.
We welcome applications from candidates seeking a career change.
Candidates should complete an online application form which can be accessed through our website: join.osborneclarke.com. The deadline for summer 2023 vacation scheme is 15 January 2023. The training contract application deadline is 15 January 2023.
How to applyosborneclarke.grad.allhires.com
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Method of applicationOnline application form
Method of assessment
- Assessment centre
- Panel interview
- Partner interview
- Psychometric testing
- Written exercise
Osborne Clarke is a successful law firm with a global footprint and a clear strategic vision, working alongside interesting clients on their most vital matters. We are a firm that never stands still, that cares about its people, and invests in the future.
At Osborne Clarke the challenges of tomorrow are the focus of today. By zeroing in on digitalisation, decarbonisation and urban dynamics as the key areas transforming the way we live, work and do business, we've been able to hone our knowledge and expertise to the changes that will have the biggest impact for both our clients, and the world around us.
Legal expertise is at the heart of everything we do. But what makes us distinctive? For a start, you will 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 are highly prized, and we're never afraid to take a view. We know first-hand what inviting a diversity of perspectives delivers – creativity, innovation and a truly inspiring workplace. That’s why there's no one type of Osborne Clarke lawyer. And why your story, your ideas and who you are matters from day one.
To find out what it is like to work at Osborne Clarke read the firm's Meet the Lawyer profile.
The best way to really know if Osborne Clarke is the firm for you is to experience it all first-hand on our two-week summer vacation scheme. You'll get an insight into the day-to-day of a global commercial firm, soak up the culture and get to do real work with expert supervision. Like most things in life, you get out what you put in. Rather than observing us from the side-lines, we want you to take an active role in your experience with us. Which means that while you'll be given a comprehensive (and educational) programme to follow, you'll also be given the space – and encouragement – to take the initiative, dive in deeper to the areas that interest you, and truly make the most of your time with us.
As well as shadowing the lawyers and experiencing legal work up close, you'll take part in regular in-depth knowledge sessions with partners from across the firm, covering the most important themes impacting the legal industry and world at large. You'll also attend a selection of social events, giving you the opportunity to flex those networking skills.
Your training at Osborne Clarke is exactly that: Yours. We offer a bespoke programme that evolves through continuous review and communication, created with your skills, ambitions and passions as the guiding principle. Following your time completing the SQE courses and examinations, you'll embark on two-years of different placements throughout the firm. These placements will give you the opportunity to broaden your skills through high levels of client exposure from the get-go. By the time you reach qualification you'll know what you want to do and be prepared – and inspired – to do it. And it doesn’t stop there. Unlike other training programmes, ours extends into your first year as a qualified lawyer, where you'll be given further support to develop specialist "future of work" skills and, if you haven’t already, experience a secondment.
Beyond ensuring that our future lawyers have all the legal and technical training to succeed, we're just as focused on what the human behind them needs. All of our trainees have a trusted support system that includes dedicated development managers and supervisors, mentors and a peer network active from the moment you accept your training contract offer. We also offer a flexible approach to connected working, with no expectation of five days in the office.
Diversity is one of the most highly prized attributes of Osborne Clarke.
But knowing that a diverse workplace doesn’t necessarily mean an inclusive one, we’re committed to uncovering our blind spots and making sure everyone enjoys the same opportunities regardless of who they are, who they love or where they come from.
Through our internal networks and alongside our partnerships with external organisations such as Stonewall and Rare we aim to highlight and address inequalities and ensure Osborne Clarke is a workplace that works for everybody.
We have an arrangement with BPP to teach both the PGDL and the SQE preparation courses 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 £10,000 per course.
- Private equity
- Financial institutions
- Commercial litigation
- Property litigation
- Real estate
- IP litigation
- Private client
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas that concern relationships between people, government and other public bodies.
Advertising & marketing
A fresh and exciting area of legal practice, specialist lawyers provide copy clearance advice and work with big-brand clients.
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Sponsored by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Corporate tax involves involves advising clients on the tax risks associated with acquiring, selling or restructuring assets.
In this area of legal practice, clients generally fall into two categories: the rich or famous and the media.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as climate change and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
The life sciences sector combines a range of legal practice areas, demanding expert advice from lawyers with detailed knowledge of the relevant trends and innovations in areas including food, healthcare, MedTech, veterinary and biotechnology.
Media & entertainment
Among the different types of client in this area are performers, managers and agents, artists, theatres, broadcasters and publishers.
Outsourcing has grown increasingly more prevalent in the public and private sectors since it emerged in the 1980s.
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Private client solicitors looks after the affairs of individual clients and trustees, managing all aspects of their personal wealth.
Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
|Profit per partner:||£406,000 (2012)|
|Training contract applications:||1,086 (2014)|
|Retention rate:||96% (2020)|
|Has client secondments:||Yes|
- Asylum Support Appeals Project
- Legal Advice Centres
- South Westminster Legal Advice Centre
- TrustLaw Connect
- Zacchaeus 2000 Trust
- Black Solicitors Network
- Breaking Barriers
- Bright Network
- City Parents
- Legal and Social Mobility Partnership
- Legal Apprenticeships
- Mindful Business Charter
- MyPlus Consulting
- Pathways to Law
- Rare Recruitment
- Social Mobility Business Partnership
- Sutton Trust
- The 5% Club
- upReach Law Springboard
- Working Families