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Allen & Overy Overview

London, England
5001 to 10000 employees
1930
Company - Private
Legal
£1 to £2 billion (GBP) per year
Put the competition far behind you.

We’re a pre-eminent global law firm, operating in over 30 countries around the world.

We’re the only law firm to have featured in the top three of the Financial Times Innovative Law ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Our Senior Partner, Wim Dejonghe, has been recognised as the Most Innovative Leader at the FT Innovative Lawyer Awards Europe. What a fantastic achievement.

  • The year in review: Resilient performance highlights long-term strategic progress

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Allen & Overy – Why Work With Us?


It’s time to stand on a bigger stage.

With over 5,500 people in 44 offices, we’re a business doing work of global significance.

We’re one firm structured as seven global practices; over half of our transactions involve three or more jurisdictions, and nearly three-quarters of the work we do draws on the resources of two or more of our offices.

What we do goes beyond delivering an outstanding service. We lead the market by finding new ways of meeting the challenges that our clients face. Our thinking is innovative and our approach, fearless. We draw on a world-leading network of expertise and on a diverse range of tools – such as our Legal Services Centre and our network of over 300 Peerpoint consultants - to successfully exceed expectations.

Global coverage in today’s market does not simply mean having offices in important cities around the world. For us, it means combining our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients. For you it means wherever your ambitions lie, we can provide you with the opportunity and the scope to have a career more fulfilling than you can imagine.


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, and we all have a few things in common. We’re united by ambition and drive, and by the restless pursuit of excellence in everything we do. We foster a working environment based on collaboration and mutual respect, where everyone is trusted to do their very best work.

But 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, and access to clubs and events where they can discover new passions. They can also take part in our programme of pro bono and community work that complements their skills and ambitions.

Make it to the top together.

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.

Our goal is simple, we want A&O to be a place where a diverse group of people can be themselves and bring the best of themselves to their careers.

Achieving this is a little more complex. Understanding the benefits of diversity is not enough to make the difference. Our guiding principles ensure we challenge ourselves to make our culture more inclusive, both locally and globally, and allow us to be open and honest in influencing the bigger picture, both in and out of A&O.

“We continue to be committed to supporting diversity in the broadest sense and continuing to ensure we have an inclusive environment for everyone.”

Wim Dejonghe, senior partner

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 ambition and drive, and by the restless pursuit of excellence in everything we do. We foster a working environment based on collaboration and mutual respect, where everyone is trusted to do their very best work.

But 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, and access to clubs and events where they can discover new passions. They can also take part in our programme of pro bono and community work that complements their skills and ambitions.

Four shared values

We have four values at Allen & Overy that we share across our worldwide network. By clearly stating these, we aim to define what makes us successful, to discourage those things that hinder our progress, and to make a clear statement about our identity. Values only make a difference if they are shared, believed in and practised. We strive to uphold our values in everything we do – they are there to guide us in the way we work, in the decisions we make and in the way we interact with people, to ensure we preserve the unique culture of Allen & Overy.

Instinctively thoughtful

We nurture relationships built on mutual trust, respect and inclusivity

Collectively ambitious

We work together to turn opportunity into advantage

Insightfully inventive

We stay ahead by combining expert insight and imagination

Refreshingly open

We thrive when we are open with each other, with our clients and to new ideas

Allen & Overy Reviews

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    I have been working at Allen & Overy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A lot to learn and possibility to grow within the team. And a big plus: everything is taken care of, from a very good lunch and barista to print department. If you want to deliver 5 star service and work with ambitious people, this is where you want to be.

    Cons

    I don't really have anything to complain about..

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Allen & Overy Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Allen & Overy (Belfast, Northern Ireland) in August 2020.

    Interview

    The interview consisted of walking through your CV followed by 6 scenario based questions. It took one hour and was via WebEx. At the end, I had the opportunity to ask more about the firm.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle the scenario where you were very busy and a partner approached you with an extra project they would like you to work on?   Answer Question
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Allen & Overy Awards & Accolades

  • Stonewall’s Top Global Employers, Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, 2018
  • Most Innovative Law Firm in Europe, Financial Times, 2018

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