Claire Wright Graduate Recruitment Partner
Claire Wright
Graduate Recruitment Partner

Welcome to Allen & Overy. I hope you find this graduate website useful in helping you to decide whether a career in commercial law is right for you and, if so, whether this is the right firm for you. These are big decisions and I encourage you to do as much research as you can and take advantage of the opportunities to gain first-hand experience.

At Allen & Overy, we provide a number of different programmes and opportunities for you to gain some of this experience, and crucially give you the flexibility and the choice as to whether you do work experience with us or apply directly for a Training Contract. Through A&O First – our programme for first-years – and our Open Day and Vacation Schemes, you have the option to explore the role of a lawyer and develop your understanding of the firm. Alternatively, we allow anyone from their penultimate year of study onwards the option of applying directly for a Training Contract – half of A&O’s trainees have not done work experience at our firm before they secured a role with us.

Looking through this website, you’ll see a law firm that is at the very forefront of legal practice, helping to shape the future of the profession and finding new ways to support high-profile and global clients in executing the decisions that will shape their future.

You’ll also find a diverse group of people who are extremely committed, and who enjoy working together as a team for the benefit of our clients. It sounds obvious, but one of the defining qualities of our firm is the spirit our people bring to their work. We thrive on the challenges of an intensely competitive business landscape and we enjoy helping clients to be successful.

When I joined Allen & Overy as a trainee, the focus was on technical excellence and intellectual calibre. Those qualities are still vital, but today the role of the lawyer has evolved. There is a much stronger focus on business and commercial sense and on playing a role within a team that will almost certainly comprise lawyers from other jurisdictions and require you to work as an extension of the clients’ own team.

Today, virtually every piece of work we handle is won through relationship building and competitive pitching. So, in recruiting trainees, we are looking for evidence of entrepreneurial drive – a desire to join us in building our business – and an appetite to take advantage of the opportunities careers here offer. Alongside that we are looking for a global mind-set and innovation – an ability to see beyond what’s been done before – resilience and teamwork. These are the qualities that you will need to be successful, over and above raw intellect and technical excellence.

Our commitment to you is to provide the best possible legal and business grounding; and the opportunity to work alongside experts in their field, who will support you, encourage you and value your individuality, enabling you to excel.

The best advice I can offer you right now is: do your research and come and meet us.

Claire Wright
Graduate Recruitment Partner