Get the inside buzz from graduates at Allen & Overy LLP

8.1 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 22 ratings in 2017)
"Collegiate, ambitious, responsible."
8.2 / 10
Formal Training
8.2 / 10
Offices & Dress
9.2 / 10
6.4 / 10
7.8 / 10
7.8 / 10
Pro Bono
8.4 / 10


  • Trainees get the opportunity to work on a wide variety of high-level work.
  • Colleagues are friendly and the atmosphere within the firm is very positive.
  • Trainees speak highly of the office’s facilities, views and location.
  • The formal training is seen as being very good and comprehensive.


  • Hours can be unpredictable making it hard to maintain a good work/life balance.
  • Some felt the qualification process could have more transparency.
  • The quality of informal training can vary greatly between individuals.
  • While the salary matches other magic circle firms, it is slightly behind similar US firms.

What insiders say about...

"Application and interview day. You should be aware of the firm's identity and recent..."

"Allen & Overy is one of the friendliest of the Magic Circle law firms. In general,..."

"There are a number of professional skills courses covering a broad range of areas..."

"There is a structured training programme and on the whole associates are very good..."

"The office is in a great location and has great facilities and a great view. There..."

"Hours are unpredictable. If work is urgent and needs to be done then you will be..."

"We don't get trainee bonuses but I actually think that's a good thing, given that..."

"We have a free gym and squash courts and get one day off for moving."

"Challenging yet interesting - make sure you prepare for anything as it will boost..."

"We have policies to help but there's still lots of unnecessary printing."

"There are lots of policies to help women in work."

"Like any other trainee I have had to do some admin and process-oriented work, such..."

"There's always something going on. I worked on a representation to the African C..."

"Great facilities and support staff. Excellent training and high-quality clients"

"The unpredictability of hours means that you sometimes find yourself having to cancel..."

"To start off with I was attracted by the firm's incredible reputation and international..."

"This very much depends on the area of law you want to qualify into. If you want banking..."

"Six kilograms of coffee beans are used per day in our cafe/bar. This amounts to 1,000..."

"Vibrant, committed and cosmopolitan."

"More training for trainers. I believe new trainers do receive some form of training..."

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