About Osborne Clarke LLP
Osborne Clarke is an award-winning multinational law firm. We’ve grown rapidly, with 25 offices around the world and we’re proud to say that our influence and impact can now be applied almost anywhere. The core sectors we work in all thrive on innovation; digital business, energy, financial services, life sciences, real estate, recruitment and transport. Our sector teams include lawyers from all legal disciplines, effortlessly blending expertise, insight and enthusiasm. Crucially, we think sector-first, organising ourselves around the current affairs and future challenges of the industries we serve, rather than traditional legal practice areas. It helps keep us one step ahead.
Of course, like any private practice, legal expertise is at the heart of everything we do. But what makes us distinctive? For a start, you can expect to get involved in truly fascinating work. The variety of our deals and the diversity of our clients provide an exciting and immersive commercial framework. This is a firm where fresh ideas (and the confidence and conviction to see them through) are highly prized, and we’re never afraid to take a view. It is also firm with a coherent commercial vision, with a clear direction, supported by a compelling sense of purpose and identity. Put simply, we’re going places. And you can put our positive, can-do attitude down to sustained success, in terms of both profile and performance.
Our high profile clients expect us to be brilliant, whether we are corporate, commercial or litigation lawyers, so we put a lot of effort into helping our people be the best they can throughout their careers – not just at the start of it. We foster the brightest and the best, with class-leading training and development programmes, and a unique climate of learning and discovery for everyone. We place value on individuals and respect their needs, motivations and choices. Our workplaces are designed to promote collaboration, often featuring open plan structures that make it easy to fit-in, mix and get involved. You’ll also find flexible and imaginative approaches to everyone’s work/life needs, with a connected infrastructure that is adaptive and tailored to bringing out the best in people.
Finally, there’s our culture. When we asked our recent recruits what attracted them to us, they used words like ‘friendly’, ‘inclusive’, ‘open’ and ‘fun’. To our clients we are ‘approachable’, ‘proactive’, ‘understanding’ and ‘formidable’. This is a firm where integrity and fairness keep us together. We naturally build a strong rapport and enduring connections with everyone we engage with.
What we look for
We look for effective communicators who think commercially and practically; people who can solve problems creatively, build effective relationships and demonstrate real initiative. Foreign language skills are also an advantage.
We group all of our trainee training and development into one coherent programme, which can be tailored to your individual needs. You’ll receive on the job training, dedicated technical workshops, IT and compliance training and personal development workshops. Throughout your training contract, we want you to experience the broad range of work available. As a trainee, you’ll complete four seats: Corporate or banking, real estate or tax, litigation, and one other. In each seat, a senior lawyer will supervise your day-to-day progress, providing regular feedback. They’re here to help you up your game. Every three months, you’ll have a formal progress review to help you track your development. Our trainees get lots of responsibility. And they find that it’s what really differentiates their training contracts from others.
Each of our vacation scheme placements runs for two weeks over the summer and offers a great opportunity for candidates to really get to know us. The placement follows a structured programme which allows candidates to spend time in two different departments and get involved in real client work, plus plenty of social events, too.
Our two-day Insight Scheme for first-year law and second-year non-law students is designed to give you an insight into life as a lawyer at Osborne Clarke. As part of the placement we’ll also equip you with the tools you need to apply for a place on our vacation scheme.