Get the inside buzz from graduates at Osborne Clarke

9.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2017)
"Ambitious and supportive."
9.8 / 10
Formal Training
9.1 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.3 / 10
8.3 / 10
8.5 / 10
8.8 / 10
Pro Bono
7.8 / 10


  • The firm has a very strong sense of teamwork and a friendly culture.
  • Trainees felt that the work they were given regularly improved in line with their ability.
  • There is currently a firm-wide drive to improve diversity and support at all levels.
  • Agile working is available for people at all levels, meaning it is easier to maintain a good work/life balance.


  • The London office can feel cramped without a large enough canteen or break-out areas.
  • Some trainees felt that not all offices were paid equally well.
  • While secondments are provided, some wanted an increase in number.
  • There can be competition for qualification seats in popular departments.

What insiders say about...

"Read the website! Understand how to spell the firm name as a lot of people get that..."

"Open-plan, so you get to know a lot of people. Not masses of socialising with trainees,..."

"There are formal inductions in each subject area and weekly/monthly training sessions..."

"Partners are very accessible and often give work (and feedback) directly to trainees...."

"The office is open-plan with break-out rooms for meetings and calls. The facilities..."

"For London hours, they are very good. If you are busy you will have to stay late,..."

"I think our salary is good within the market."

"We get a Christmas shopping day towards the end of the year. Not too unusual but..."

"Assessment centre followed by an interview with a partner."

"There were some competency-based questions. The interview was really friendly and..."

"The office is now paperless, no printing out emails for filing purposes. But I am..."

"We have representative 'Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Champions'. There are focus groups..."

"The range of work that I am asked to assist with is great as it allows me to develop..."

"There is an active charity committee which coordinates the pro bono. We have a number..."

"Working with intelligent people who are prepared to give up their time to train ..."

"High pressure, long hours."

"The mixture of the friendly culture and good work/life balance with high-quality..."

"Depends on the office. Not a very transparent procedure/time frame. Should be told..."

"Our international CEO regularly turns up to play cricket with the junior lawyers..."

"Ambitious but with a heart."

"We have some involvement in pathways to law placements, and the firm doesn't filter..."

"It can get busy, but generally the atmosphere is not too stressful."

"If at all possible the firm should make the seat rotation process a little smoot..."

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