Allen & Overy Consulting Graduate Programme
A&O Consulting Graduate Programme
Create solutions to drive evolution.
Allen & Overy Consulting is an exciting new global practice specialising in regulatory and strategic consulting services.
We work with clients of all sectors and sizes, from agile start-ups to global firms, providing them with innovative, practical and sustainable solutions. Our specialist insight into governance, corporate purpose and culture, regulatory strategy and risk management means that where others see obstacles – we see opportunities.
As an analyst, you’ll join a talented team, advising on business-critical decisions for some of the most exciting and innovative firms in the market. You’ll help them become more resilient, equipping them to face the challenges of today and thrive in an evolving business landscape.
We’re able to welcome final-year students or graduates from all universities with any degree.
Quite simply: you will learn how to become a consultant that businesses rely on by solving real, complex problems every day on a mix of client work and business strategy. From day one, you will have the opportunity to help shape and grow our consulting business and to develop your own consulting skills. You can expect to be working on a number of projects at any given time and you will work directly with senior colleagues who will help you define your growth and career. Our graduates are an integral part of our team and you can expect a high level of responsibility right from the start.
£37,500 in the first year
£43,000 in the second year
After five years at JP Morgan, I was excited to accept my next challenge as a business manager within the regulatory and strategy team. Although my career was by no way mapped out at this stage, I trusted my instinct and embraced the change. I eventually became one of the culture and conduct leads for the Investment Bank, which included developing and implementing their inaugural culture and conduct programme. I am extremely interested in culture and human behaviour and used this to develop an in-depth understanding of how culture varies across a number of regions, from Argentina to Taiwan, identifying best practice and suggesting ways for local leadership to improve their culture.
With five years’ experience in a culture role, I was eager to learn more and, once again, my network delivered the perfect opportunity. Never one to stand still, I applied for a role as an Executive Director at A&O Consulting. I was keen to take what I had learnt and help clients across a number of different sectors. Although I was again stepping out of my comfort zone, I had the assurance that I was joining a spin-off of a fully-fledged and extremely well respected global law firm, with all the talent and infrastructure that brings.
The fresh challenge of liaising with clients and delivering meaningful and sustainable change has been great for me. I empathise with client’s pain points and I know how to measure success along the way. I am continually learning from new clients and their employees and genuinely no one day is the same.
At A&O Consulting, we are empowered to try new things and we have the autonomy to pursue activities and opportunities. The team are incredibly supportive, and we are all learning together to shape the business. Working for a partnership rather than a corporation means that decisions are made quickly, so we can be responsive to clients’ needs. The team has a real mix of skillsets and experiences – pure consultants, regulatory experts, lawyers and industry veterans – creating a diversity of thought that serves clients well.
To anyone considering joining A&O Consulting, I’d say be open, flexible and curious. There are so many opportunities to learn new skills and be involved in new projects. We have a non-hierarchical way of working where everyone’s views are valued. Question, challenge and improve things and, most importantly, enjoy it all!
The combination of A&O Consulting’s start-up environment positioned within an internationally recognised firm such as Allen & Overy really appealed to me. I also was excited at the prospect of working in a client-facing role with different organisations and industries including global financial services firms, corporates and new start-ups.
I joined the A&O Consulting team in the Spring of 2019 and quickly noticed there is a definite emphasis on ideas and energy. We are always encouraged to bring our experience from previous roles to the team, which culminates into a diverse set of strengths and ideas. There is a real understanding that we deliver our best results when we are engaged and motivated, which is reflected in the way projects are resourced.
Today, my role is extremely varied due to a mixture of business development and client projects. I have advised clients across a range of regulatory and strategic matters, including culture health assessments and governance effectiveness reviews, to name a few. It’s invigorating to apply your skills across different sectors, and an increased level of satisfaction knowing you have supported a company that otherwise wouldn’t have access to your expertise.
As A&O Consulting continues to grow, the entire team are very much involved in shaping the future of the business, and we are encouraged to think strategically about how it will grow and develop over time.
No two days are the same working in A&O’s growing consultancy practice. My role is divided between shaping how the practice develops and working with clients, which could be a small business one day and a large corporate the next. The focused, strategic projects we’re involved in are particularly interesting as we have direct exposure to the leadership team, which provides a profusion of learning opportunities.
I joined the A&O Consulting team in May 2019 and was asked to choose what type of work interested me most. I chose to work on purpose and culture, along with governance, and the majority of the business development and client work that I now undertake is in this area. As I was used to having to network relentlessly in order to gain a position on an interesting project, I was excited to be offered my preference, though I do have to be flexible based on business demands.
I’m currently carrying out a review for a large financial institution into whether their Board is ‘effective’. Through 1-1 interviews, attending board meetings, reviewing documents and comparing business models, I will provide actionable recommendations to help them going forward.
As we grow and shape our offering in the marketplace, I’m also responsible for developing innovative ways to demonstrate what we do for our target audience. We’ve recently built a scenario-based training app to share with prospects and a site specifically for start-ups, with premium free resources to help them scale up and navigate the pandemic.
At A&O Consulting, we have an immense drive to build the brand and secure our reputation, and we’re committed to making the practice highly successful. I’m often juggling priorities, but that’s the nature of the work, and I thrive in a busy environment.
My advice? Never underestimate the benefits of being part of a small, nurturing, highly-collaborative team within a well-established firm. There’s so much opportunity to learn, and I’m enjoying the space to influence the type of work we’re doing.
Reasons to join
If you have an inquisitive mind and find the prospect of working for a growing business with the energy of a start-up and the backing of a prestigious law firm exciting, then starting your career in Allen & Overy Consulting could be your pathway to success. Investing in talent is a huge priority for us and we will make sure you have the resources and support you need to make a real difference.
Your development and growth is central to our success. In addition to invaluable on the job learning during the programme, which will include working alongside and receiving mentoring from, senior subject matter experts, we also provide a range of structured training and development opportunities to give you the right support to develop into a successful consultant.
As an A&O Consulting graduate you will have the option to undertake an industry recognised training and certification. Certification expenses will be covered by the firm and graduates will also be entitled to up to 10 days of paid study leave to support them in their training and development. Options include, but are not limited to, the CFA Investment Management Certificate, as well as CISI courses in Risk in Financial Services or Global Financial Compliance. On completion of the industry training or certification, graduates are also entitled to six weeks unpaid qualification leave at the end of the graduate programme.
In addition, we deliver in-house training covering key aspects such as technical training on our areas of subject matter expertise – such as governance, corporate purpose and culture, regulatory strategy and risk management – as well as broader professional and business skills training, helping you develop and embed these at this early stage of your career.
This could just be the start. During your two years with us, you’ll work directly with senior management both within the consulting team and at some of the most important companies in the world. The variety you’ll find here is unparalleled. From start-ups to global financial services companies, you’ll work on a combination of client delivery and strategic pieces that cover the most important challenges across multiple industries.
After two years, you’ll have experience and expertise across our core pillars; governance, corporate purpose and culture, regulatory strategy and risk management. That will give you a truly rounded set of consulting skills that offer a foundation to excel at every stage of your career.
When you finish the programme, our expectation would be that you would apply for a consultant role within our team.
A&O Consulting Explained
What we look for
Allen & Overy Consulting is looking for candidates with drive, potential and passion – and an ability to break down a problem and push yourself to find the perfect solution in a continually changing environment.
This means we’re able to welcome applicants of all backgrounds from all universities with any degree. So, whichever topic you studied, with the right communication skills and analytical mind-set – you could be the perfect candidate for Allen & Overy consulting.
Our academic requirements are AAB (136 UCAS points) or equivalent at A-Level and on track for/achieved a 2:1 undergraduate degree. We do take into account mitigating circumstances, including those relating to a disability, which may have affected your grades either at school or university and there is a space on the application form to include these.
The application process is designed to give you a platform to show us what you’re capable of and to set you up for success at Allen & Overy.
1. Online Application
You should already be seeing this as an opportunity to stand out. We are interested in your journey to date and, in particular, why this role appeals to you. In this stage, you will answer one short essay question.
2. First-stage Interview
If your online application is successful you will be invited to a first-stage virtual interview. Before the interview, you will be sent a topic and asked to prepare a short ten-minute presentation. In the first part of the interview, our assessors will explore this topic with you and your understanding of it. In the second part of the interview, you will be asked various realistic scenario questions designed to cover the type of interactions you may encounter on the graduate programme.
3. Final-stage Interview
If you pass our first-stage interview, you will be invited to a final-stage virtual interview. On the day of the interview, you will be sent a small amount of information and be asked to return a written summary of it within a set time period. In the first part of the interview, our assessors will explore this topic with you. In the second part, our assessors will ask you for more details on your motivations for the role.
At A&O, we value real life experiences just as much as work experience. It’s not something to shy away from on your application. It makes you who you are. Here’s how some of our people have brought their life experiences to a career at A&O.
Aastha has supported to develop and nurture her passion for art at A&O. She believes being creative has helped her become a better lawyer.
Growing up in a close-knit working-class area of London was a unique experience for Alexander. At 15, when developers threatened the area, his research saved the local community. That, in turn, meant he went on to study law.
A road traffic accident at a young age left Betty with a muscle condition and chronic pain. It’s made her who she is, and she brings that resilience to work every day.