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8.8 / 10

(based on 5 ratings in 2019)

2019

"The culture at OC is what sets us apart. Having completed four vacation schemes during the year that I got my training contract, the culture at OC was head and shoulders above the rest. The people are friendly and normal, supervisors are approachable and training is set up in a supportive way. There are many sports clubs (tennis, netball, football, cricket and paddleboarding etc), as well as plenty of social activities and charity events to get involved with. It's definitely a sociable firm."
First year trainee, Bristol
"There is always plenty going on and everyone is very approachable. I work with a variety of people across the team meaning I can gain skills on numerous different matters."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm truly does have a strong culture. Everyone from the partners down is fully approachable both regarding work and leisure. Due to our open-plan offices, we all sit fully mixed up with partners sitting alongside trainees, which provides opportunities for both learning and talking about the weekend's sporting fixtures/results. When a corporate deal gets going and it's 3.00 am, you can be assured that there will be people at all levels still here supporting each other rather than just juniors being left in the office to pick up the slack. After work socialising can be challenging."
First year trainee, Reading
"The culture is great and all partners are approachable. Trainees are a core part of each team and I regularly take part in social, sporting and corporate social responsibility activities that all levels of the business take part in."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"The culture is fair and good in the office. There is no emphasis on presenteeism and, if you haven't got loads of work to do, you don't feel obliged to hawk yourself around at the end of the day trying to be helpful (particularly if you've done a lot of work recently)."
Second year trainee, London

2017

"Teamwork is good, people help each other out and we are encouraged to lend a hand with other projects if we are having a quiet spell. The levels of socialising vary across the departments but the trainees are pretty good at meeting up on a regular basis. The firm throws an annual summer party for its UK offices that staff from some international offices attend too. This is always great fun."
First year trainee, London
"The culture here is great and there is no feeling of hierarchy. If I have a comment on a matter then I feel that my input is valued and encouraged, which is great from a training perspective. There are also great parties, although informal socialising could be more regular."
First year trainee, London
"Everybody is supportive, approachable and friendly, yet always professional. The open-plan office helps to minimise a feeling of hierarchy as partners sit alongside associates and trainees. There are ample opportunities to socialise from a few drinks after work to events such as summer BBQs and bowling evenings. Everybody genuinely gets along."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The people are lovely and the working environment is really relaxed. It doesn't feel hierarchical at all and everyone is friendly and helpful. Trainees tend to develop strong bonds and both departments and trainees socialise together a lot. There is definitely no face-time policy and it is quite common for people to leave on time if they have finished their work for the day. Hours vary from department to department but, on the whole, they are pretty good for this kind of firm."
Second year trainee, London
"Everyone in the office is very friendly and approachable, from partners to other trainees. There are lots of social events going on, both within teams and firm-wide, and the sporting opportunities are particularly good."
First year trainee, Bristol
"The firm is very non-hierarchical and the offices are open-plan. I play on the football team and have played with our international CEO. Cooperation and teamwork is key to the firm both in the UK and with the other offices. People really want each other, and the firm, to succeed. There are lots of social and sporting activities to get involved with and events are organised on a firm, department and team-wide basis. The firm recruits similar people who get on well, so I am good friends with the other trainees and we tend to hang out a lot outside of office hours."
First year trainee, Bristol
"There is little sense of hierarchy. The international CEO regularly turns up to play cricket with the juniors in the summer."
Second year trainee, Bristol
"There's a friendly and collaborative culture. Of course there is a hierarchical structure but it is neither obvious nor overbearing. Partners are keen to socialise and there's a strong team feel, good camaraderie and plenty of socialising opportunities."
First year trainee, Bristol

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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