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Insider reviews

Get the inside view from graduates at Osborne Clarke

8.6 / 10 Overall Satisfaction
(based on 5 ratings in 2019)
"Straightforward, hard-working, approachable."
8.8 / 10
Formal Training
8.6 / 10
Offices & Dress
8.6 / 10
7.4 / 10
7.2 / 10
8.0 / 10
Pro Bono
8.4 / 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 office café is seen as being more expensive than it should be.
  • 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...

"My best advice would be to know the firm well enough so that you can engage with..."

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

"Training at Osborne Clarke is fantastic as there is firm-wide, department-wide and..."

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

"The offices are open-plan, with plenty of kitchens and break out areas dotted around..."

"There is no face-time culture. People trust you do get your work done and not sit..."

"Our pay is good and, to be fair to OC, it pays the highest of the Bristol salaries...."

"Membership to the Bristol Zoo."

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

"I remember being asked general competency questions. Also be prepared to justify..."

"While it is improving, we probably lag behind a number of other firms in this area...."

"The firm is working hard on its diversity policy and has put various committees in..."

"My day-to-day role varies greatly. I will often have tasks throughout the day that..."

"There are loads of pro bono activities to get involved with."

"The level of training provided is excellent. Trainees are valued members of the team..."

"Potential for not many jobs on qualification, (varies massively each round)."

"Interesting clients (particular in the digital arena), friendly atmosphere and small..."

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

"It is said that one of our early founders/partners, personally rowed Isambard Kingdom..."

"Lean, efficient and sterile."

"Work experience programs invite students from less privileged backgrounds to learn..."

"It can get busy, but generally the atmosphere is not too stressful."

"There could be international secondments on offer, or more secondments generally,..."

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