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9.3 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 12 ratings in 2017)
"Open and friendly, good career progression and opportunities...."
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...

"I think the key thing is to know your stuff about OC and the work it does. A good..."

"There is a genuinely collaborative culture and lawyers at all levels are approachable..."

"We do the Professional Skills Course throughout the training contract and regular..."

"I feel fortunate to already have very good relationships with several senior colleagues..."

"The offices are light, clean, impressive, modern and functional with good facilities...."

"While trainees have a nominal hours target, this is not the main concern. Rather,..."

"Pay is good. There are both firm-wide and individual bonuses available as long as..."

"We get a free Christmas shopping holiday day! Taxis and food are provided if you..."

"I understand the process has been revised since I applied, but the process involved..."

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

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

"OC are running a scheme to improve diversity and support women in the workplace...."

"As a general rule, the level of responsibility is very good, but they tend to give..."

"We have an active pro bono/charity committee which organises various events through..."

"The people. Everyone is so friendly and supportive and the culture is great. The..."

"No easing in of new trainees. No canteen in the London office."

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

"Retention rates are very high at the firm but, inevitably, it may not always be possible..."

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

"An innovative, friendly and growing firm."

"We have a Pathways to Law week, where students from disadvantaged backgrounds come..."

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

"More international and client secondment opportunities."

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