Allen & Overy ramps up graduate recruitment in Belfast hub

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Hike in support roles follows launch of Northern Ireland TC


Magic circle player Allen & Overy (A&O) has ramped up graduate recruitment in its legal services hub in Belfast, a year after it launched a training contract scheme in the Northern Irish capital.

The firm announced the appointment of 25 new graduates who will hold “legal professional” positions and play an “integral role in the company’s strategy to support future growth and innovation in Northern Ireland”. This is the firm’s highest annual intake of graduates in the region to date.

All new-starters have successfully completed a six-week training programme in business law and practice, delivered in association with The University of Law, which the firm says equips grads with the “necessary legal background knowledge and skills” for the Belfast roles.

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Revealing it had received over 100 applications for the positions, partner and head of the Legal Services Centre, Angela Clist, said:

“The successful employees now have the chance to work alongside and learn from some of the best lawyers in the world, build long-term career paths and work on a range of complex global deals and cases.”

A&O currently employs over 115 legal professionals and lawyers in Belfast.

The recruitment drive follows the launch of the firm’s training contract programme in Belfast in February 2019. The first group of successful applicants will start their training contract upon completion of the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in March and September 2021.

Other big legal players to offer training contracts in Northern Ireland include TLT and Baker McKenzie.

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Do they outsource due diligences in Belfast?

Just ignorant of how this model works. What kind of work do they do there?

Legal Genius

Truly. Why the need for a Belfast trainee intake when the work is City-centric. Just have an outsourcing hub in the regions to delegate volume work (like CC in Newcastle) and let that be the end of it.


Why let that be the end of it?

Why shouldn’t we be encouraging large organisations providing high-end professional jobs in the most deprived areas of the UK? The economy is too London-centric as it is.

Magic circle baller

The legal services hub offers support in areas such as DD, CP’s, company searches, company incorporation, verification, disclosure etc, admin, process and transaction management etc., freeing up fee earners (juniors in particular) to do more substantial work.


Belfast is the new Mumbai. Though much harder to understand the locals.


Imagine getting a TC at A&O and then have to work in Belfast LMAO.

Very sad

Imagine being such a twat that you make comments like this


You got the Belfast TC offer, I take it.

Very sad

No, I’m just not a twat.


Do one you ninny.

Very sad

The lesson here, kids, is don’t be a twat like this twat did 😉


Good news “You got an A&O TC”
Bad news “It is in Belfast”

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