Life at A&O

There's much more to law.


Our culture

It’s time to find common ground.

We work to attract, develop and keep the very best people – and we don’t take them for granted.

All kinds of people work at Allen & Overy, but we have a few things in common. We’re united by an attitude, a desire to do more, to go above and beyond for our clients and each other. We foster a working environment based on collaboration and mutual respect, where everyone is trusted to do their very best work.

As important as that work is, we know that it’s also important for our people to have a life beyond it. Everyone at A&O is given the space and encouragement to pursue their interests outside of work and have access to clubs and events where they can discover new passions. They can also take part in our pro bono and community work programme that compliments their skills and ambitions.

Our approach to diversity & inclusion

At A&O we recognise that people are different, in ways that we can see and ways that we can’t. We think that is a good thing. As well as creating a rich working environment that makes our work more enjoyable, the business benefits are clear. Being diverse and ensuring that we are inclusive helps us to attract the best people, innovate and understand and relate to our clients.

Wim Dejonghe Senior Partner

Pro bono / Citizenship

Find out what you’re really made of.

With unrivalled depth of expertise and a presence in over thirty countries, we’re in a position to effect positive change on pressing issues all over the world, and help find solutions to society’s most serious problems. Our pro bono and community work is focused on two major themes – access to justice and access to education and employment – adapted to the needs and priorities of local cultures.

Last year 54% of our lawyers took part in pro bono work to a value of GBP 21.2m – but we try and use the skills of all of our people to their greatest effect, whichever part of the firm they’re from and whatever their area of expertise.

Our people are encouraged to get involved as much as possible in volunteering, to take on responsibility, and to

use it as an opportunity to develop their client-facing skills.

They’ve worked with global human rights organisations like INTERIGHTS and with Reprieve, fighting the death penalty and indefinite detention without trial. Qualified lawyers and trainees also advise at evening clinics in legal centres across London on a rota managed by a committed team of PAs. The opportunities to progress, both personally and professionally, are endless.

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