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9.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2017)
"Down to earth."
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...

"Best preparation is to thoroughly research the firm and its clients."

"The hierarchy at the firm is not as obvious or in-grained as in other firms where..."

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

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

"The open-plan offices are a great way to encourage communication with colleagues..."

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

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

"An extra Christmas Shopping Day on top of usual annual leave."

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

"Questions were the usual mix of soft skills and legal knowledge. They seemed to want..."

"The firm has just introduced a new bin system to encourage more recycling. In Bristol,..."

"OC is a very understanding firm with respect to diversity issues, and they want you..."

"I haven't had much client interaction, but I've done a variety of work. As well as..."

"I have a pro bono client that I work for almost weekly in my current seat, which..."

"Incredibly friendly, transparent systems, good quality work."

"I have found that there can be competition for seats, and the IT system could be..."

"I chose Osborne Clarke because of its reputation, expertise and focus in relation..."

"Retention rates have been 100% for the past two or three sets of qualifiers with..."

"We have beehives on the roof of our Bristol office."

"High challenge with high support."

"The diversity committee looks at increasing social mobility. We also support Pathways..."

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

"It would be good to have a more established buddy system with the trainees in the..."

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