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Culture

8.9 / 10

(based on 14 ratings in 2015)

2015

"The culture is one of OC's greatest strengths. I feel genuinely fortunate to work at such an open and collaborative firm. Your contribution seems genuinely valued, no matter what level you are at. The firm also organises fantastic social events, the highlight being our annual summer party sports day and fancy dress event (OC takes fancy dress very seriously)."
First year trainee, London
"I do not feel that the firm is very hierarchical at all as I can just as easily ask a partner a question as an associate. Although I would like a little more trainee socialising, I would say that there is a friendly atmosphere throughout the office."
First year trainee, London
"There is a good team culture here. The firm is collegiate and work is shared effectively within the office and between the UK offices - London, Bristol and Reading. Open-plan desk spaces help to create the sense of a pretty flat hierarchy, with the ability to interact with partners easily. Although I feel that there could be more ad hoc drinks between trainees, I would say that the social life here is decent and well attended."
Second year trainee, London
"Everyone is very approachable. Due to the nature of the role, there are obviously times when everyone has their head down, but this doesn't take away from the friendly and supportive nature of the firm. The firm occasionally puts on office drinks, but most of the socialising is arranged informally between colleagues. The charity committee can often be relied upon to get people together for an event!"
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is generally non-stuffy and non-hierarchical. Partners aren't possessive of clients and work is shared across teams - there is a sense that everyone co-operates for the greater good of the firm. It's a social place with plenty of out-of-hours interaction with colleagues; team days out and evening events (either with or without clients)."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There is an open-plan office at the firm which allows for a non-hierarchical environment. Everyone is friendly, approachable and always willing to help."
First year trainee, London

2014

"Osborne Clarke prides itself on being modern and unstuffy - this is generally true although the culture varies by department. Relatively flat hierarchy, but again it depends on the supervisor and partners you have giving you work. Socialising is much better in Bristol compared to London."
First year trainee, London
"There is a genuinely collaborative culture and lawyers at all levels are approachable and supportive of more junior lawyers. Out-of-hours socialising is not as prevalent as other firms and could be improved."
First year trainee, Reading
"The culture here is open, honest and inclusive. Partners are approachable and just another part of the team. Social if you want it to be, but with no pressure."
First year trainee, Bristol
"OC is very non-hierarchical and the vast majority of fee-earners are very approachable. The attitude is a 'can-do' one - applicants need a willingness to get stuck in, but at the same time the firm respects your right to a private and family life and doesn't demand unreasonable working practices. Teams work together and cross-sell work - there isn't a feeling that teams are trying to keep clients to themselves or that they're pulling against each other. Outside hours there is a good social scene and partners are very good at paying for drinks and social events!"
First year trainee, Bristol
"There is a clear structure, but generally the culture is quite informal and friendly. People are always approachable, whatever their role. There is some socialising amongst trainees and junior lawyers, a chance to get involved in sports teams, and also a firm-wide annual fancy dress party."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"Friendly culture in the office. Open-plan office means there is less of a sense of hierarchy, good levels of cooperation and teamwork. Quite a lot of social events, both informal drinks after work and more formal arranged events."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The hierarchy at the firm is not as obvious or in-grained as in other firms where I have worked. The open-plan offices allow a collaborative approach so that you really feel that you are part of the team. After work, the trainees usually meet up a couple of times a week for drinks, BBQs and sport."
First year trainee, Bristol

2013

"The office culture is great. The open-plan layout makes it far less stuffy, and you can have a chat with people more easily regardless of seniority. There is not a rigid hierarchy and everyone is encouraged to get involved. The social aspect could be better, particularly amongst the trainees (as there is a relatively small amount of us) but teams do still go out for drinks after work from time to time."
Second year trainee, London
"Open-plan, so you get to know a lot of people. Not masses of socialising with trainees, but I like that."
First year trainee, London
"Open-plan office means all fee earners and partners are approachable. Good rapport between trainees."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"95% of people genuinely friendly, approachable and embrace firm culture."
First year trainee, Reading
"We have regular trainee social events and an active charity committee."
First year trainee, Bristol
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