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Facts and figures

All our important numbers and initiatives

Global snapshot

This snapshot will provide you with all the latest information on our global presence, lawyers across the network, key accolades and more.

Read "Allen & Overy: A concise snapshot" (PDF, 1.70 MB) 

About us

At a time of significant change in the legal industry, we are determined to continue leading the market as we have done throughout our 86-year history. We will do this by ensuring we always challenge ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the complex legal challenges our clients face.

Over the past year we have worked with some of the world’s leading businesses on transactions that have changed their industries. These include: advising Ahold on its merger with Delhaize to create Europe’s largest listed food retailer and the fifth largest in the U.S. with 6,500 stores; working on Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s takeover of SABMiller plc – the largest commercial loan in the history of the global loan markets at USD75bn; advising on the ground-breaking Coral South Floating LNG project in Mozambique across eight A&O offices; and advising Cagamas on the largest ‘dim sum bond’ in Southeast Asia and the world’s first offshore renminbi bond issued by a mortgage company.

Building on our long heritage enables us to attract the most talented people and continue to deliver this level of innovation with and for our clients.

To support our clients’ international strategies, we have built a truly global network now spanning 44 offices in 31 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in over 100 countries where we do not have a presence. This network makes us one of the largest and most connected law firms in the world, with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivalled.

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.

Global headcount

Number of partners
Allen & Overy has some 554 partners across its network of 44 offices.

There are 2,800 lawyers globally including associates and counsel.

Graduate recruitment

Trainee intake
Allen & Overy currently offers over 90 trainee seats per year in London.

Retention rates
March 2015: out of the 46 newly qualified trainees, we offered 43 places, of which 43 accepted, giving a retention rate of 93%.

Vacation schemes
Each year we offer 60 vacancies across our vacation schemes. In each of our programmes the student will assist their trainer - a partner or an associate - on real deals and undertake a number of exercises designed to develop their skills as a commercial lawyer.

The A&O network

Number of offices
Allen & Overy has 44 offices in 31 countries.

Number of countries
Allen & Overy operates in 31 countries with several international desks.

Number of languages
Thirty nine languages are spoken across Allen & Overy's network of 44 offices in 31 countries.

Explore our global reach.

Annual results

FY 2016 – Maintains top-line growth. Revenue up 2.3% to GBP1.31 billion and profit before tax -1.4% at GBP562m due to IFRS accounting provisions for pensions and property costs – excluding these items, profits were flat.
View the factsheet
Visit our Annual Review 2016 microsite

FY 2015- Fifth year of growth. Revenue up 4% to GBP1.28bn and profit before tax up 7% to GBP570m
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Visit our Annual Review 2015 microsite

FY 2014 - Changing business. Turnover up 2% to GBP1.23bn and profit (before tax and exceptional items) up 7% to GBP523m
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Visit our Annual Review 2014 microsite

FY 2013 - A year of consolidation. Turnover up 0.6% to GBP1.19bn (USD1.84bn; EUR1.41bn) and profit (before tax and exceptional items) up 2.2% to GBP496.7m (USD770m; EUR587m)
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Visit our Annual Review 2013 microsite

FY 2012 - More global growth. Turnover up 6% to GBP1.18bn (USD 1.92bn; EUR1.45bn) and profit (before tax and exceptional items) up 7% to GBP486m (USD790m; EUR597m)
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Visit our Annual Review 2012 microsite

FY 2011 – A year of investment. Turnover up 7% to GBP1.12bn (USD1.87bn; EUR1.26bn).
Read the press release (PDF, 374 KB)
Visit our Annual Review 2011 microsite

FY 2008 - Global growth delivering record results. Profit before tax up 13% to GBP447 million (USD88m; EUR569m). Turnover up 15% to GBP1.016bn (USD2.012bn; EUR1.292bn).
Read our Annual Report 2008 (PDF, 2.37 MB)

For more reports, related news and contacts, see our Annual reports page.

Key accolade

In 2014 Allen & Overy was named the most innovative law firm in Europe by the FT. It is the only firm to have won this three times and to be ranked in the top three of the FT Law 50 since it began in 2006.

Diversity and inclusion

Gender profile
Worldwide employees at January 2017:

  • Male: 44%
  • Female: 56%

Worldwide partners at January 2017:

  • Male: 82%
  • Female: 18%

Age profile
Worldwide employees at January 2017:

  • Under 30: 27%
  • 30 - 39: 37%
  • 40 - 49: 24%
  • 50 - 59: 10%
  • 60+: 2%

For our full policy and more detailed information, see our Diversity and inclusion pages.

Pro bono

Allen & Overy has an extensive global pro bono and community affairs programme, which is an important part of who we are and the values on which we build our business.

We undertook 27,685 hours of pro bono and CSR work last year, with a value of over GBP10.5 million.

For further information on the variety of projects we are involved in, see our Pro bono and community pages


In 2011 we joined twenty other leading UK law firms to launch PRIME, a profession-wide undertaking to give fair access to quality work experience for young people from less privileged backgrounds.

Member firms will provide an agreed number of work experience places that meet a series of minimum standards:

  • Firms must provide a number of places that is not less than 50% of the number of training contracts offered each year.
  • The target for the profession is to provide 2,500 places by 2015, although firms who have already signed up must achieve their own individual target by July 2013.
  • Minimum standards include at least 30-35 hours of work experience per place and a commitment to developing key business and personal skills in areas such as oral and written presentation, networking and negotiation.
  • Firms must also offer a way to maintain contact after work experience has ended as well as provide financial assistance during the programme.

For more details and a link to the official website, see our PRIME page.

Smart Start Experience

The Smart Start Experience is an annual programme which gives young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across London an opportunity to gain an insight into the world of business.

It sees over 100 students aged 16-17 taking part in a week-long programme of workshops and challenges, devised and delivered by Allen & Overy volunteers from right across the business in partnership with the Brokerage Citylink.

For full details of the initiative, see our Smart Start Experience page.

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