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Osborne Clarke LLP

A few years ago a legal magazine described us as ‘one of the UK’s most distinctive legal practices’. So, what is it that makes us distinctive?

What makes us tick, of course, is legal expertise. 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 lawyers be the best they can throughout their careers - not just at the start of it.

Over the past two years, we’ve grown rapidly, worldwide and now have 19 united offices in places like Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain the UK and the US. For our clients, it means that we are on the ground with local legal expertise, when they need us; and it adds an exciting international dimension to much of our work.

Sector knowledge is also important to us and our clients, with over 90% of our revenue coming from the 7 sectors we work in. Not many law firms are that focused - it means that we gain unique insights into the industries our clients operate in. That makes for fascinating work, thrilling partnerships and happier clients.

The sectors we work in all thrive on technology, energy and innovation: Digital Business, Energy, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Real Estate, Recruitment or Transport. Our sector teams include lawyers from all legal disciplines, so in our structure expertise, insight and enthusiasm go hand-in-hand.

The final piece in the jigsaw is our culture. When we asked our most recent recruits what attracted them to OC, most of them used words like ‘friendly’, ‘inclusive’, ‘open’ and ‘fun’. To our clients we are ‘approachable’, ‘proactive’, ‘understanding’ and ‘formidable’. For us, our culture is all about building relationships, gaining and providing insights and getting valuable results for our clients and our people. We like to think that our culture underpins our exceptional track record.

Our Training Contract

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, all the IT and compliance training you need, and personal development workshops.

We’ll give you practical, business-focused training enabling you to qualify as a commercial solicitor. Your tailored training programme will bring out your potential and allow you to achieve your career aspirations, as well as meeting the needs of Osborne Clarke and the SRA.

Throughout your training contract we want you to experience the broad range of work available at Osborne Clarke. 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 and give you regular feedback, so you know how you’re doing. They’re there 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 differentiates their training contracts from others.

Who should apply?

We're looking for candidates who can; communicate effectively, think commercially and practically, solve problems creatively, build effective relationships and demonstrate initiative. Foreign language skills are an advantage. Strong academic achievement is essential and you should have achieved, or expect to achieve, at least a 2.1 degree in any discipline with grades A-B at A level or equivalent. We have a track record of recruiting candidates seeking a career change.

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