Get the inside buzz from graduates at Osborne Clarke

9.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2017)
"An innovative, friendly and growing firm."
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...

"When applying you should get to know our sectors, and focus on one or two that interest..."

"The people are lovely and the working environment is really relaxed. It doesn't feel..."

"Training is very comprehensive. During seats you will have training on various points..."

"Feedback is often received at the time rather than in mid-seat and end-of-seat reviews...."

"The offices are fine (though London is a bit cramped). Reading has recently moved..."

"If you have finished all of your work, there is no pressure to stay. There is a real..."

"The pay is generally in line with other similar firms in Bristol and London."

"I've been sent to a some excellent law balls courtesy of OC, and there are some paid-for..."

"I completed an application form, attended a one day assessment centre (comprising..."

"My interviewers made me feel at ease and the interview was less formal than at some..."

"The Bristol office is trying out some new recycling initiatives and we're looking..."

"There is a team dedicated to diversity and wellbeing and we had a week dedicated..."

"My department isn't too client-facing but, as I've progressed through the seat, direct..."

"Each UK office has a charity of the year and everyone is encouraged to dedicate a..."

"People, variety of work and responsibility given to a trainee."

"Big city firms thinking we are 'smaller' than them despite our levels of professionalism..."

"Osborne Clarke is one of the biggest firms in Bristol, the people at the assessment..."

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

"Jeremiah Osborne the Third (grandson to the founder) personally rowed Isambard Kingdom..."

"Quality, value for money, sector focus."

"Open days and work experience for school children from less privileged backgrounds...."

"Day-to-day is relatively stress free but tends to build up towards the conclusion..."

"I would like the firm to increase the amount of feedback opportunities."

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