Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP

Address: One London Wall, London, EC2Y 5EB

Web: www.joinoc.com

Email: trainee.recruitment@osborneclarke.com


Survey results


The lowdown (in their own words...)

Why did you choose this firm over any others? 
 ''The friendliness of staff' 'approachability of partners' 'Osborne Clarke was doing the work that interested me most out of the firms in the Bristol area' 'international work' 'digital business focus' 'the interesting and exciting sectors that the firm works in' 'internal growth' 'not looking at mergers' 'everyone was so friendly and approachable'
Best thing about the firm? 
 ''The friendly people' 'a high standard of interesting work' 'the wellbeing initiatives - yoga on-site, free fruit, on-site massages once a month' 'in lots of seats you are treated like an associate' 'we do have regular training across departments for fee-earners of all levels' 'huge amount of responsibility'
Worst thing about the firm? 
 ''Lack of international secondments' 'uncertainty around NQ roles compared to other firms' 'there could be more contact with our international offices' 'toilets in the London office' 'the seat allocation process could be more transparent'
Best moment? 
 ''Winning the cake competition at this year's charity quiz night' 'receiving some great feedback on some work that I had done under great time pressure' 'preparing a speech that was given by a partner to an audience of 200' 'getting a NQ offer in the department of my choice'
Worst moment?
 ''Staying til 8pm between Christmas and New Year' 'losing an original document' 'having to complete high-pressure work right at the beginning of a seat with little support' 'probably proof reading a 70-page technical report for grammatical errors''

If the firm were a fictional character it would be...

Captain Picard - pushing the sector frontiers with a specific vision while keeping the crew excited and working to its potential

The Verdict

The firm

With more than 800 lawyers working across Europe, Asia and the US, Osborne Clarke is renowned for its TMT, infrastructure and real estate practices. The firm has three offices in the UK in London, Bristol and Thames Valley. Osborne Clarke extended its Asia footprint by launching in Shanghai under the name Zhang Yu & Partners in May 2017.  

The star performers

Brand management; Commercial contracts; Commercial property; Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption); Data protection; Environment; Financial services; Flotations: small and mid-cap; Fraud: civil; Health and safety; Investment funds; IT and telecoms; M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m; Media and entertainment (including media finance); Pensions; Planning; Private equity: transactions: Mid-cap deal capability; Property litigation; Rail; Venture capital.

The deals

Advised Group IMD on its £96m sale to Inflexion by Vitruvian; acted for Highland Europe on the $30m investment in global software company Condeco Group; advised Savills IM on the £75m sale of 33 Gracechurch Street London by way of transferring the Jersey Property Unit Trust to a private overseas investor; advising Bose on brand exploitation issues including its sponsorship of the Mercedes F1 team; advised Time Inc. (UK) on its acquisition of digital creative advertising business, Collective Europe from Collective Inc.

The clients

ByBox Holdings; Dovetail Games; IDscan Biometrics; Lepe Partners; Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group; Orchard Street Prime UK Property Fund; Palmer Capital; Progressive Digital Media Group; Selfridges; Touchstone Innovations.

The Verdict

Trainees are excited that Osborne Clarke is 'growing internationally', and one recruit echoes the sentiments of many in saying 'I wanted to be part of something with great potential'. The firm's success is one of 'internal growth' as it is currently 'not looking at mergers'. Instead, 'the management has a vision and knows where the firm and the market are going'. The firm's 'digital business focus' earns a couple of positive comments and brings in 'high-profile clients'. Highlight moments have included 'taking part in a successful high-value fund sale in my first three months in the firm', 'going to court as part of an expedited trial in the IP litigation team' and 'running a completion meeting for a key client on my own'. The Osborne Clarke vacation scheme 'set it apart from the rest' and was 'very open, honest and transparent'. The firm is named a Lex 100 Winner in this category and impressively in nine others, including confidence of being kept on and living up to expectations. There are some complaints that 'international opportunities are not very good for trainees' as it is noted that more senior colleagues have the chance to work in overseas offices. Minor gripes centre on the 'lack of a good-sized café area in the London office'. The work culture is defined as 'professional yet friendly'. There is 'an emphasis on training and development' and it is appreciated that 'senior lawyers make a great effort to get involved and get to know you', with each trainee at Osborne Clarke considered 'an integral part of the team'. To experience 'a high standard of interesting work' alongside 'technically fantastic lawyers' at a firm 'on the up', take a look at Osborne Clarke.

 A day in the life of...

Kiera Taylor trainee, Osborne Clarke LLP 

Departments to date:  Corporate tax and incentives, real estate, projects, commercial litigation, competition

University:University of Kent (Canterbury) 
Degree:Law (first class) 

8.40am:  Coffee stop! After my train journey to work this is always a welcome treat - and it's en route to the office front door.

8.50am:  I make a quick dash past the office café to pick up some breakfast before heading to my desk to start the day (on Fridays we have the Trainee Breakfast Club).

9.00am:  The first thing I do after logging in (and starting my timer) is check my calendar. As trainees are so heavily involved in all areas of the firm it's really important to keep up-to-date with meetings, training sessions and work from your team. An average day is likely to include charity committee or team meetings and there are often lunch-time training sessions from various departments across the firm.

9.15am:  The partner in my team asks for an update on our client's draft merger form which we need to submit as part of a merger filing. We have been working closely with the lawyers on the other side to complete the form which is incredibly detailed and requires very specific information from both entities. We set up a call with the other side for 11.15am so that we can talk through the highlighted queries.

10.00am:  International competition team meeting by VC. This is a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and discuss work in progress and in the pipeline. Working in the competition team gives me great exposure to the wider OCI community. The teams from Cologne, Paris, Brussels, Rome, London, Madrid and Bristol work closely together, both on cross-jurisdictional matters and the monthly OCI competition newsletter, a publication of recent competition issues for clients. I am responsible for co-ordinating the newsletter articles from all offices and I liaise with our international lawyers on their blog posts.

11.15am:  I brief the team's partner ahead of our call with the other side's lawyers. During the call my chief task is to manually mark up our draft merger form in accordance with the new information being provided to us. I also note down additional queries which are raised and which we will need to revert to our client on. After the call I quickly draft a telephone attendance note for the file and email our client with the updated draft and new queries.

12.30pm:  Summer is definitely here today and I am joining the rest of the trainees for lunch in the park across the road. We have some vacation scheme students with us this week and would like to show them a little of what the area around the office has to offer.

1.30pm:  My supervisor emails me about a new matter with a longstanding client which concerns parallel trade. As this matter concerns both competition and IP issues we will work closely with our IP litigation team. I am asked to do some research on the company which is importing our client's products and to put together a note for my supervisor, which includes a summary of the relationship between exhaustion of trade mark rights and abuse of dominance.

4.00pm:  Our health and wellbeing team has announced the weekly arrival of free fruit for the office! I head over to the first-floor kitchen and collect some for the team.

4.30pm:  Newsletter articles come in from our Paris and Madrid offices. I make a start on proof-reading and marking up the articles in line with OC house-style and to ensure there have been no glitches in translation (a task which sometimes involves amusing calls to my international colleagues).

6.00pm:  Pens down and PCs off - it's time to join the other juniors in our first softball game of the season. We've teamed up with a local property firm for the annual league.

About the firm

Address:One London Wall, London, EC2Y 5EB

Telephone: 0117 917 3484

Fax:0117 917 3485




Senior partner : Andrew Saul

Managing partner : Ray Berg

Other offices: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brescia, Bristol, Brussels, Cologne, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Munich, New York, Padua, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Thames Valley. 

Who we are: Osborne Clarke is an award-winning multinational law firm. We've grown rapidly, and with 19 global offices we're proud to say that our influence and impact can now be applied almost anywhere.

What we do: 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. Our core services all thrive on innovation: digital business, energy, financial services, life sciences, real estate, recruitment and transport.

What we are looking for: Candidates who can: comunicate effectively; think commercially and practically; solve problems creatively; build effective relationships; and demonstrate initiative. Foreign language skills are also an advantage.

What you'll do:Trainees complete four six-month seats, typically in corporate or banking, real estate, litigation and one other area.

Perks: 25 days' holiday (plus a Christmas shopping day), pension, permanent health insurance, private medical insurance, life assurance and season ticket loan.

Sponsorship:We pay candidates' GDL and LPC tuition fees, provided that they are no more than half way through either course when they are recruited, along with a maintenance grant.


Facts and figures

Training contracts available for 2020: 20

Applications received pa: approx 1,200  

Percentage interviewed: approx 10% 


First year: £34,750-£40,000 (varies on location)

Second year: £36,750-£42,000 (varies on location)

Newly qualified: £48,000-£65,000 (varies on location)

Turnover in 2016: £178.6m (+18% from 2015) Profits per equity partner: £636,000 (+16%)

Total partners: 213

Other fee-earners:536

 Application process

Apply to:Zoe Reid, recruitment officer.

How: Online application form.

What's involved: Online application form, online verbal reasoning test, assessment centre, interview.

When to Apply:

Training Contract beginning in 2020: By 15 January 2018.

Summer Vacation Scheme: By 15 January 2018.