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Welcome to Osborne Clarke
All about industry
The right environment
Award-winning development 09 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.
Digital Business Energy and Utilities Financial Services Life Sciences and Healthcare Real Estate and Infrastructure
Retail Recruitment Transport and Automotive
Read more on our sectors at joinoc.com/expertise
Connected thinking. Globally.
“I completed a banking deal in my first few weeks at the firmwhere we had Israeli, Anguillan and Jersey counsel. This involved working out various logistics due to the time zones (and different working days). I had to hit the ground running as I picked it up from the previous trainee close to completion. It was great experience as I learnt so much so quickly but was never left out of my depth.” Kate Robinson, Trainee, London
“I have had real exposure to work and clients across different sectors. My training has benefitted from working closely with my supervisors in areas that I have real interest in, such as: energy, renewables and environmental law.” Ben Martin, Newly Qualified, Bristol
With work spanning eight of the biggest industry sectors, how do you explain all the areas an international full-service law firm covers?
True, you can highlight 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. But that fails to mention all the areas like Employment, Pensions, Advertising, Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax, in which we’re also ranked so highly. It’s safe to say that if it’s a service you’d expect to receive from a leading commercial law firm, we almost certainly do it and we do it well.
Our key practice areas include:
Banking Commercial Corporate Employment
Litigation Real Estate
See the full list at joinoc.com/expertise
“I helped on a £50 million sale in my first seat. It’s been great to see deals that I have worked on mentioned in the national press. At OC you are given responsibility to talk to clients directly within the first week. There is a steep learning curve, but it’s rewarding and there are always people on hand to lend support when you need it.” Anisa Dudhia, Newly Qualified, London
“I helped work on the sale of an international business that involved 33 OC lawyers from six of our jurisdictions. It was a true show of our international expertise and I was pleased to receive a personal thank you as well as amention in our internal news briefing regarding the deal.” Greg McQuade, Trainee, Bristol
The right environment
We’ll give you the chance to contribute to the fascinating work we do, right from the very start. A s 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 to get the very best out of people they should feel engaged in their work and in control of their careers. Find out more about the kind of clients you can expect to work with at joinoc.com/work
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 Formal practice-specific training Exposure to international work, as well as international exchange opportunities Immersion in an exciting, open culture
High profile. High interest. Cutting edge. Building a high-street giant Helping to create a major new force on the UK high street isn’t something you do every day. When technology retail giants Carphone Warehouse and Dixons joined forces, we worked closely with Carphone’s in-house team to make sure the £3.6bn deal went through without a hitch. Keeping their heads ringin’ Steve Wilson, who heads OC’s New York office, advises long-standing client Beats , which was established by Forbes Hip-Hop rich-list-topping rapper, Dr. Dre. The Lawyer recently reported the general counsel of Beats by Dre, as saying that OC is “the only one firm I’ve hired flat out”. Self-raising offers When upmarket cake emporium Patisserie Valerie decided to float on the AIM market, OC was called in to offer legal advice. With a final value of £170m, the IPO was seen as a huge success – giving new credibility to our Friday cake trolley. Naked ambition We helped to create a stunning new vintage when we advised the UK’s largest specialist wine retailer, Majestic Wine , on its £70m acquisition of international online wine business Naked Wines. We’ve got the fever It was bubbly all round when we advised the world’s leading supplier of premium carbonated mixers, Fever-Tree , on its successful £154m AIM IPO. As our Head of Equity Capital Markets, Jonathan King, said at the time: “Fever-Tree is a great brand with a fantastic story, echoed by the strong interest shown from new investors despite extremely challenging market conditions. We look forward to sharing a well-deserved G&T with management shortly!” New frontiers OC advise leading energy companies on major projects such as our advice to RWE on their development of the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm. We also advise funders and developers of pioneering new forms of energy generation such as our advice to InfraRed on their funding for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project.
“I helped advise a company where the chief financial officer had embezzled so much money that the company entered liquidation. I researched how the money was spent and where the goods purchased were hidden!” Chloe Deng, Associate, London
“Osborne Clarke 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
“During my first seat I assisted with the early stage investment into a biosciences company that had been spun out of a top UK University. The research carried out by the company, aided by funding from our client, has the potential to change
countless lives.” Joe Roberts, Trainee, Bristol
Helping our clients succeed in tomorrow’s world
It will also help you to make an informed decision about your future specialism. And once you qualify we will continue to train and develop you. Our award-winning ongoing development programmes, Q3D and The Deal, will support you as you build a career at the cutting edge of law. Career-long support We want you to do well. Our bespoke training programme was recognised by the Legal Education and Training Group as being the Best Overall Training Programme (2013) – the industry’s top award for training. We have subsequently won Excellence in Talent Management at the HR in Law awards 2015, and the award for Best Opportunities for Skill Development from AllAboutLaw 2015. Our programme includes: Q3D – reinforces and develops the legal concepts that underpin your work, giving you external validation of your skills The Deal – helps you achieve your career aspirations and maximise development opportunities by giving you a clear structure and objectives Our training contract is designed to support your learning and help you get the very best out of your time as a trainee.
“When it comes to career progression, I’ve really appreciated OC’s openness and honesty. The focus here is merit based, not PQE, and if you have it, and you demonstrate it, you will be recognised – in terms of quality of work, career progression and financially. You can’t say fairer than that.” Claire Temple, Associate Director, Bristol
“Trainees genuinely get involved in high quality work for some of the firm’s biggest clients; my highlights have been working on the acquisition of Naked Wines by Majestic Wines, venture capital investments for California based Google Ventures and a high value and highly contentious employment tribunal claim.” Laura Hanley, Newly Qualified, Thames Valley
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 80% of current trainees having undertaken a vacation placement with us, this could be the start of an exciting future at Osborne Clarke. We have a near 100% acceptance rate on offers we make to vacation placement students, which is a true testament to the quality of the scheme and the positive environment in which we all work.
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 topped off by an invite to the firm’s annual summer party. 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/vacscheme
Helping you succeed in tomorrow’s world
“The highlight of my placement 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, Future Trainee, London
“What a fantastic experience to work on a topical IP case I’d read about in the news and studied at university just a few months before!” Simona Corcoz, Newly Qualified, 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 Law Firm of the Year 2015, 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 November, Closing date 15 January Insight scheme: Open for applications 1 November, Closing date 28 February Training contract: Open for applications 1 November, Closing date 15 January
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Winner for: Vacation scheme; Confidence in being kept on; Diversity; Job satisfaction; Living up to expectations; Quality of work; Stress levels; Friendliness Lex 100, 2015/16 Edition Law Firm of the Year The Lawyer, 2015 Law Firm of the Year Legal Business, 2015 Excellence in Talent Management HR in Law, 2015 Best Law Firm for Openness RollOnFriday, 2015 Best Company Culture AllAboutLaw, 2016 Best Law Firm for Management and Culture RollOnFriday, 2016 Best Opportunities for Skill Development – Training Contract AllAboutLaw, 2015 Best Training Contract AllAboutLaw, 2016 Best Recruiter LawCareers.net, 2016
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