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Thank you for choosing to find out more about your career at Allen & Overy in Australia. We understand that the choice of which firm to apply to is a big decision.

So how do you choose? From the outside, firms can appear much the same. How can you really tell them apart? When people start talking about the global elite, magic circle, alliances, mergers, white shoe and domestic firms; what do they mean? How do you make an informed choice?

We believe it is our global reach and our local depth that sets Allen & Overy apart. Our people are more often than not local and they are hand-picked. And even in such a large firm, you’re part of a highly focussed team, playing a significant role. Our clients are blue-chip. Worldwide we act for major institutions, financial powerhouses, mining giants; they could be based in your own home town or on the other side of the world. We act on some of the most important deals. From the moment you join the firm, you’ll be involved in helping our clients to protect and grow their assets.

Allen & Overy prides itself on our ability to continually grow and evolve, and offer up new challenges and opportunities. Since Allen & Overy opened in Australia in 2010, we’ve added offices in Casablanca, Istanbul, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Myanmar. But it’s not a branding or flag planting exercise. It’s about strategically and carefully advancing our global footprint for the benefit of our clients whilst providing local expertise. We are proud of our ability to provide knowledge from many different parts of the world to our local clients and then share our own knowledge worldwide.

And if you choose us as a graduate – what can you expect? We see that you are quickly integrated into our network with excellent training and development opportunities. You’ll need to embrace change and innovation, and be ready to challenge yourself. You will be rewarded with access to quality and interesting work, interactions with clients at an early stage and working with colleagues from Perth, Sydney and around the world who are the best at what they do. Once you’ve gained some experience locally, secondment opportunities to explore our extensive global network are on offer, as well as first class training programmes offered domestically and globally for all levels of lawyers.

Deciding which firm to join is a big commitment and these are exciting times for the legal profession in Australia, and especially for Allen & Overy. We encourage you to find out for yourself what sets us apart. Talk to our people, meet us on campus and at the various careers fairs, and together with the information contained on our website, we hope that it is helpful in narrowing your search to the right choice.

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  • 20 
    Partners in Australia; 15 in Sydney and 5 in Perth
  • 110 
    Lawyers based in Australia currently and growing
  • 70 
    Support staff based in Australia currently and growing
    • 43 
      43 offices in 30 countries

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