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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...

"The interview was very relaxed and friendly, they weren't looking to trip you up...."

"The office culture is great. The open-plan layout makes it far less stuffy, and you..."

"I have picked up lots of presentation skills and a great deal of legal and commercial..."

"Everyone is highly accessible. Mentoring varies depending on person and how busy..."

"We have huge, light and airy open plan offices. There is a good canteen and shower..."

"The firm is very flexible in terms of dentist/doctor's appointments. There is no..."

"The profit share provided to the whole firm is great. It's really nice to see the..."

"The free pass to Bristol Zoo is a nice perk, as is the cake trolley on a Friday."

"There was an online application form with the usual verbal reasoning tests. The assessment..."

"I was asked: why law? Why Osborne Clarke? And why Bristol? There were also several..."

"In terms of reducing the firm's carbon footprint, it does a lot of recycling."

"Diversity is something that's taken very seriously from the top of the firm down...."

"I am very satisfied with the quality of work that I am given. I have led on a number..."

"Charity initiatives such as homeless shelter volunteering."

"The relaxed, friendly culture."

"A drawback is how there is only one trainee in most teams, so when it's busy there's..."

"I met qualified lawyers who worked at the firm during a networking event, and they..."

"Very varied and it can be hard to qualify into smaller teams depending on the workload..."

"It's a very old firm, but doesn't feel like it."

"High-level work conducted with relaxed professionalism."

"Work experience programs invite students from less privileged backgrounds to learn..."

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

"There could be international secondments on offer, or more secondments generally,..."

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