Allen & Overy

The Legal Cheek View

Allen & Overy is everything you’d expect from a magic circle law firm. It’s huge (with a whopping 45 offices in 32 countries), has a longstanding reputation for representing the establishment (the firm’s co-founder, George Allen, famously advised King Edward VIII during the abdication crisis of 1936) and offers great perks.

The free on-site gym, where trainees can work out alongside their colleagues and bosses, is a highlight; as is the top-rated firm canteen and the, er, flu jabs. Yes, A&O famously ensures that its lawyers are given anti-illness injections. And should any still succumb to health problems, there’s an in-house doctor. With such first rate support, no wonder those billing targets are set at a chunky 1,750 hours annually.

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Key Info

Training contracts 90
Latest trainee retention rate 89%
Offices 44
Countries 31
Minimum A-level requirement AAB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
A
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
C
Perks
A*
Office
A
Canteen
A*
Social life
A
Chances of secondment abroad
A*

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 9:30am
Average leave time 8:06pm
Annual target hours 1,750
Annual leave 25 days

Money

First year trainee salary £42,000
Second year trainee salary £47,000
Newly qualified salary £78,500
Profit per equity partner £1,200,000
GDL grant £8,000
LPC grant £7,000

Allen & Overy reduces its GDL grant to £7,000 for those studying outside of London

Diversity

UK female associates 48%
UK female partners 20%
UK BME associates 18%
UK BME partners 8%