Get the inside buzz from graduates at Osborne Clarke

8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 14 ratings in 2015)
"An innovative, friendly and growing firm."
8.9 / 10
Formal Training
8.3 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.1 / 10
6.9 / 10
8.2 / 10
8.4 / 10
Pro Bono
7.4 / 10


  • Friendly and approachable colleagues make for a culture that is nice to work in
  • The firm's open-plan offices are well thought out, and they are in convenient locations
  • Trainees benefit from being given significant responsibility and good exposure to clients from the outset
  • The firm has a well-structured training programme which is staggered over the training contract and covers a multitude of skills


  • Working hours can be long at times, although there is no 'face-time' culture
  • IT systems could be improved as they can initially be quite difficult to get to grips
  • Most teams only have one trainee and as a result there is no one to share a workload when it gets busy
  • The seat rotation process can be a little drawn out, and trainees may not always get their first choice of seats

What insiders say about...

"Someone who is academically sound and business-minded, but also who is open and friendly...."

"Open-plan office means all fee earners and partners are approachable. Good rapport..."

"Formal training covers the standard PSC and additional skills such as tax. Also have..."

"Personally I think that everyone is approachable and willing to help trainees to..."

"The central London location works really well. I also really like the open-plan layout..."

"On joining both departments, I have been told to only stay in work if I have to,..."

"Pay is at the top end for the area."

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

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

"I was asked what news stories I had been following and was asked questions in relation..."

"Duplex printing is compulsory in order to reduce paper usage."

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

"I have had client interaction from day one, and have been actively involved in transactions,..."

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

"Friendly, open working environment."

"Occasional quiet spells with not enough work/not enough delegation."

"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..."

"Osborne Clarke were Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s solicitors in the 1830s."

"The firm offers high-profile work with interesting clients in a friendly atmosph..."

"We are involved with the Pathways to Law scheme."

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

"I feel that a buddy scheme could be beneficial, and there is now one being intro..."

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