Osborne Clarke LLP brochure 2019/20

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Welcome to Osborne Clarke


All about industry


Fascinating work


The right environment


Award-winning development 08 What can you learn in two weeks? 10 Vive la différence 12

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It starts with opportunity

At Osborne Clarke you couldn’t be in a better environment to succeed. You’ll do fascinating work for high-profile clients, learn real-world skills through our award-winning development programmes and experience all the excitement of a fast-growing international law firm. The innovation, humour and approachability we bring to everything we do creates an exceptional working environment. We firmly believe that everyone has something valuable to bring to the business, enriching the diverse and vibrant culture that our people and clients love.



All about industry

Unlike other firms, we think sector first, organising ourselves around the current affairs and future challenges of the industries we serve.

Being a leader in advising these sectors means that our work is often cutting edge – we don’t just work to precedents, we innovate. By combining industry knowledge and technical expertise, we give our clients advice that underpins their commercial decisions. At OC there’s no sitting on the fence.

The depth of our sector knowledge and client relationships brings our work to life and keeps us – and you – one step ahead.

Energy and Utilities Financial Services

Retail Recruitment

Life Sciences and Healthcare Real Estate and Infrastructure

Tech, Media and Comms Transport and Automotive


Connected thinking. Globally.


“During my first seat I worked on a joint venture acquisition of a £232 million portfolio of 1,857 beds of purpose-built student accommodation – one of the largest UK student accommodation deals agreed in 2018. I was responsible for the preparation in the run-up to close, liaising directly with the client with regard to completion logistics. This is a personal highlight to date, and I was presented with a special recognition award for my contribution to the project.” Amy Moylett, Trainee Solicitor, Thames Valley

“I was recently involved in a large cross-team, cross-office refinancing deal which I have helped lead from the Real Estate side. I drafted and negotiated documents and was the first point of contact with lawyers on the other side. Throughout the deal my supervisors encouraged me to be proactive and discuss my own thoughts and views – I always felt that I was supported and challenged. It has been a fantastic learning experience.” Georgie Green, Trainee Solicitor, Bristol


Fascinating work

With work spanning eight of the biggest industry sectors, how do you explain all the areas an international full-service legal practice covers?

True, you can highlight the fact that we’re nearly always in the top 10 for M&A deals, that our disputes practice handles some of the highest-value litigation, and that our property practice is among the largest in the UK. Or that all three of our UK offices – Bristol, London and Thames Valley – have an expertise in premium work, providing an unrivalled combination of global reach and local knowledge. With well over 850 talented lawyers based in 26 offices* around the world, we continue to be at the forefront of technology and innovation, working with clients ranging from traditional global tech businesses to those creating the latest breakthroughs in AI, robotics, blockchain and 3D printing. We’ve also created OC Solutions, a bespoke shared technology platform that is re-inventing how our commercial, regulatory, property, corporate, litigation and other services are delivered to multinational businesses across a range of sectors.

Our key practice areas include: Banking Commercial Corporate Employment Litigation Real Estate


*Includes Indian relationship firm.

“In my second seat I was negotiating directly with a large brewery’s in-house legal counsel on the release and recharge of loan security over a number of their pubs. The brewery hadn’t instructed external lawyers so I had to draft most of the documents and talk them through the transaction.” William Pullan, Associate, Bristol

“The highlight of my vacation scheme was helping a partner prepare a pitch for a high- profile prospective client in the digital business sector. From this task I learnt a lot about the firm’s international and multi- jurisdictional work, and I was able to appreciate how closely the firm’s international offices work together.” Maxine Penny, Trainee Solicitor, London

The right environment

The OC training contract Opportunities available in Bristol, London and Thames Valley Four seats, including Corporate or Banking, Real Estate or Tax and Litigation Early responsibility and client contact Mentoring from an experienced supervisor and plenty of partner access Client secondment opportunities Formal practice-specific training Exposure to international work, as well as international exchange opportunities Immersion in an exciting, open culture

Right from the start, we’ll give you the chance to contribute to the fascinating work we do.

As a trainee, we’ll give you exposure to exciting, headline- grabbing deals and clients but also real hands-on experience on smaller matters that you can manage right from the start of your career. It is essential to gain a range of experience to allow you to take on increasing amounts of responsibility and grow as a lawyer. Plus it’s far more interesting. We believe small teams can do great things. Everyone’s input is valued and the scale of our trainee intake means we can offer an individualised approach that caters to your strengths and interests. We believe that to get the very best out of people they should feel engaged in their work and in control of their careers.



Big deals. Big names. Newsworthy headlines. David and Goliath Never ones to shy away from a challenge, our IP disputes team won a trademark case of truly epic David and Goliath proportions, representing UK-based activewear brand LNDR against global sportswear titan Nike. Our team successfully argued that Nike’s use of LDNR in its “Nothing Beats a Londoner” advertising campaign infringed on LNDR’s trademark registrations and would lead to confusion between the two. Nike pulled the ad as a result of an interim injunction we filed, and LNDR kept its reputation and brand image intact. Bionic limbs It was fist bumps all round when Open Bionics, manufacturers of 3D-printed Iron Man-style bionic limbs, received over £4m in funding from Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund and Downing Ventures . Our Venture Capital team packed quite a punch on this transaction by advising the investors. Something they do well across all of our sectors, where they work closely with start-ups, angels and global market leaders. Super-charging the UK with energy innovation Our Energy Innovation team advised on pioneering and market-leading transactions in 2019. These were advising on the sale of renewable energy tech platform provider Limejump to Shell New Energies; the creation of a joint venture between Statera Energy and Statkraft to create 1GW of power matched with a virtual power plant; and doubling the number of electric vehicle charging points across the UK for Engenie via its £35m Cube funding round. These transactions are all significant milestones in helping to accelerate the digital transition of the UK energy system to a lower carbon future. Taking a bite Osborne Clarke is considered a go-to practice in the retail and consumer sector. So when Just Eat were looking to purchase office food delivery service City Pantry, our team took the call. Advising Just Eat on this key strategic acquisition meant we helped the takeaway giant expand its reach and take a slice of the corporate catering market. Protecting The O2 Our Real Estate Disputes team broke new ground this year by obtaining an injunction to put a stop to the dangerous practice of urban exploring at The O2 . The injunction, secured for The O2’s owner AEGEurope , prevents urban explorers from trespassing on the roof of The O2 and posting videos of their activities on social media. The team also persuaded the judge to grant an order requiring the removal of video footage from social media sites, as they could incite others to do attempt similar stunts and compromise safety and security at the venue – the first time such an order had been granted.



“While on secondment at a FTSE100 company, I worked directly with project managers advising on legal risks, contract drafting, and key areas of negotiation. I was given a high degree of responsibility and gained invaluable insight into how the client’s business operated.” James Robertson, Trainee Solicitor, Thames Valley

“OC is all about opportunities. Our partners have a strong track record for collaboration and believe in supporting motivated people to progress quickly. All the elements for a fabulous career are here.” Catherine Wolfenden, Partner, Head of Trainee Leadership Group

“On my very first day in Corporate I was asked to manage the documents in a deal worth millions of pounds – since then I have been involved with a wide range of deals that have enabled me to fast-track my development. At OC the supervisors and supervising partners encourage you to seek out opportunities for development, all

whilst being fully supported.” Joseph Blackburn, Newly Qualified, Bristol

Stunning results

Helping our clients succeed in tomorrow’s world


Award-winning development

The quality of our bespoke trainee programme was recognised by Legal Cheek and LawCareers.net in 2019 with both awarding us ‘Best Trainer’ based on feedback from our trainees. We use a combination of hands-on experience, expert supervision and structured training to equip you with all the confidence and support you need to build a successful career with us. It will also help you to make an informed decision about your future specialism. Once you qualify we will continue to train and develop you. Our award-winning ongoing development programmes will support you as you build a career at the cutting edge of law. Our progression plans ensure that you are supported at key transition points in your career, allowing you drive your career at your own pace based on your strengths and interests. Our training contract is designed to support your learning and help you get the very best out of your time as a trainee.


“OC’s culture is great – you get a lot of responsibility and support. In my employment seat I was responsible for drafting witness statements for an employment trial, working directly with counsel and clients. It was fantastic experience to attend the trial, work alongside counsel and get the right result for the client.” Rebecca Chui, Newly Qualified, Thames Valley

“I have found the level of responsibility given to trainees to be really high. Duringmy time in the Banking team, trainees were encouraged to be a key point of communication between the client, the OC team and the lawyers on the other side. This encouragement, coupled with OC’s culture of openness and collaboration, means that I’ve been able to build really strong relationships in each of the teams I’ve been in, and learned loads more as a result.” Ben Pearlman, Trainee Solicitor, London

What can you learn in two weeks?

A lot, if those two weeks are spent on our summer vacation programme.

It’s the ideal way to experience Osborne Clarke, spending time in two different departments and getting involved in live matters. You’ll get a real feel for the work we do, the clients we work with and the sectors we work in. A trainee buddy will support and mentor you, while our brilliant and collaborative supervisors will help you achieve work of a quality that is of real use to the department and clients. With over 90% of current trainees having undertaken a vacation placement with us, this could be the start of an exciting future at Osborne Clarke.


What happens on the OC vacation scheme

Experience real work You will get stuck into real trainee work – with all the support on hand you need from experienced supervisors and trainee buddies. Partner mentoring Group insight sessions One-to-one meetings All our partners and senior lawyers love the opportunity to discuss their practices with interested individuals. You only need to ask! Networking sessions We organise formal lunchtime sessions with partners and lawyers from across the firm as well as an optional informal social schedule. Our open-plan offices mean everyone at every level is approachable. It’s very easy to learn quickly by watching experts in action and through collaboration with other team members. Bespoke training sessions As well as training on topical legal issues, we provide an interactive insight session into wider commercial skills that will help you excel as a lawyer and have a better understanding of law as a business. Training contract interview If you enjoy your placement and we feel that we are the right firm for you, you will be invited to interview for a training contract.

Find out more about our summer vacation programme at joinoc.com

Helping you succeed in tomorrow’s world



“The thing that has struck me the most since joining OC is how invested people are in your personal and professional development. Not only do senior members of staff take the time to get to know you as a person, but they go out of their way to make sure you get as much experience as possible during your training contract.” Matthew White, Trainee Solicitor, London

“During my training contract I helped advise a company where a chief financial officer had embezzled so much money that the company entered liquidation. I researched how the money was sent and where the goods purchased were hidden.” Chloe Deng, Senior Associate, London

Vive la différence

All training contracts will give you the knowledge you need to become a qualified lawyer. But we’ll provide you with much more than that.

Fascinating work The variety of our deals and the diversity of our clients will provide you with an exciting and immersive place to work. Often high profile, always high interest. All about industry 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 keeps us – and your career – one step ahead. outstanding development programmes, enthusiastic and motivated supervisors, and bespoke training and progression plans based on your strengths and interests. Opportunities to shine We’ll give you the chance to contribute from the very outset, with support and guidance every step of the way. Everyone has the chance to make an impact. Confident strategy You’ll be joining a firm with coherent commercial vision, transparent leadership and a clear direction. This creates a compelling sense of purpose and identity that pulls us all together. Award-winning development We’ll foster your career every step of the way, with


Momentum and energy As the only firm to ever win both The Lawyer and Legal Business LawFirmof the Year in the same year, you knowwe’re going places. We have a phenomenal track record of sustained growth and success, and you will feel the buzz and positivity when you work here. Bold, provocative thinking You have new ideas and the confidence and conviction to see them through: that’s exactly what we prize. Put it this way, we’re never afraid to take a view if it gets people thinking. The right environment Our workplaces are designed to promote collaboration, with open-plan structures that make it easy for you to get stuck in and learn from those around you. Relationships matter Integrity and fairness keep us together as a firm. We naturally build a strong rapport and enduring connections with everyone we engage with, and you’ll benefit from these relationships as your career develops. The perfect blend The working world is changing. We’ve changed with it, with flexible and imaginative approaches to everyone’s work/life needs. Plus, our connected infrastructure is adaptive and tailored to bringing out the best in you. Mutual trust, mutual respect We won’t restrict your potential through any unnecessary rules or debilitating protocols. We leave that to our more institutionalised peers. United around the world With a growing network of global offices and international clients, our influence and impact – and your skills – can be applied almost anywhere.




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Our annual application dates Vacation scheme: Open for applications 1 October, Closing date 15 January Insight scheme: Open for applications 1 October, Closing date 28 February Training contract: Open for applications 1 October, Closing date 15 January

If you have any questions please email or phone us: zoe.reid@osborneclarke.com +44 117 917 3484 (Bristol)

Best Law Firm for Training Legal Cheek, 2019 Best Trainer LawCareers.net, 2019 Law Firm of the Year Roll on Friday, 2018 Trainee and Junior Lawyer Firm of the Year Legal Cheek, 2018 Best Law Firm for Training Legal Cheek, 2018 Best Recruiter LawCareers.net, 2018 Best Vacation Scheme AllAboutLaw, 2017 Best Law Firm for Training Legal Cheek, 2017 Best Partner Approachability Legal Cheek, 2017 Best Recruiter LawCareers.net, 2017 Best Company Culture AllAboutLaw, 2016 Best Law Firm for Management and Culture Roll on Friday, 2016 Best Training Contract AllAboutLaw, 2016 Best Recruiter LawCareers.net, 2016 Excellence in Talent Management HR in Law, 2015

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